The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has been revealed at the Detroit Motor Show. The first Genesis, introduced in 2009, wasn’t sold here, but this second generation model will be offered in right-hand drive and officially imported by UK Hyundai dealers.
That means it will get a full five-year warranty, just like Hyundai’s other cars. However, Hyundai will only bring a handful of cars to the UK, as a first step for the firm as it attempts to move its image upmarket.
The Genesis isn’t available with a diesel engine. The entry-level engine is a 311bhp 3.8-litre V6 petrol, and is available with either rear-drive or Hyundai’s new HTRAC four-wheel drive.
Hyundai also offers the Genesis with a 420bhp 5.0-litre V8, available with rear-wheel drive only. All engines have direct injection, and all models use an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
The Genesis doesn’t come with air suspension, but Hyundai claims the ride on the 18 or optional 19-inch wheels will still match its rivals. The V8 model also features adaptive dampers.
At nearly five metres long and with a three-metre wheelbase, the Genesis is a similar size to both the Audi A8 and new Mercedes S-Class. It gets a new take on Hyundai’s ‘fluidic sculpture’ design language – imaginatively called ‘fluidic sculpture 2.0’.
Its front features a big, trapezoidal grille raked flanked by large HiD headlights that look a bit like those fitted to the BMW 7 Series.
Inside, the dashboard is dominated by a large HD touchscreen mounted above the centre console, and a large four-spoke steering wheel covered in audio and paddle shifters for manual changes.
Interesting tech includes a carbon dioxide sensor in the cabin, which senses when CO2 levels reach more than 2,000 parts per million – a figure above which the driver can begin to feel drowsy. It then adjusts the climate control to ventilate the cabin.
Hyundai has also shown how the Genesis is compatible with Google Glass – the search giant’s new wearable, computerised headset.
Genesis drivers wearing the tech will be able to remotely start their car, unlock the doors, and be led to their car should they forget where it’s parked via their Google Glass headset.
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