The Genesisí 2015 model year re-engineering will include new sheet metal, cab-rearward proportions, a bigger back seat and a fresh and more-contemporary interior design. The biggest change is in the car's face. The deep, wide hexagonal grille filled by six horizontal bars trimmed in satin-finish chrome borrows from the grille of the HCD-14 Genesis concept shown at the 2013 Detroit show. Hyundai wants the car the compete more directly with the BMW 5 series, Audi A6 and Mercedes E class. The 2015 Genesis will also be the first Hyundai car to offer all-wheel drive. |
Much attention also went into improving ride and handling, a shortcoming of the first-generation car. High-strength steel accounts for more than 50 percent of the car's body-in-white, compared with less than 14 percent in the outgoing model. The car is 60 pounds heavier than the outgoing model; steel was added late in development for better performance on the small-overlap crash test done by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
The sedanís rwd platform has been modified substantially from the current version, with a stretched wheelbase that pulls the front wheels forward and moves the cowl further back. The current Genesisí 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 will be carried over into the 2015 model year. Safety improvements include an emergency braking system that can stop the car when it senses an imminent collision, and a feature that applies steering corrections when the car appears to be drifting out of its lane. The new Genesis will arrive in the United States in the second quarter of 2014.
|Segment: Mid-sized Luxury||Powertrain: Conventional|
|Release Year: 2014||New Product Category: Re-engineering |