Hyundai Genesis

Production Cars 10 Jan 2008
Hyundai Genesis

Hyundai has released the official images and information about all-new Genesis sports sedan, the flagship model that debuts at the 2008 Detroit Motor Show and goes on sale this summer.


Hyundai GenesisWith capabilities and features comparable to $60,000 premium sedans, Genesis will go on sale on summer 2008 with a starting price under $30,000.

Design

According to Hyundai, "Genesis’ design is a progressive interpretation of the modern rear-wheel drive sports sedan. To match its dynamic capabilities, Genesis combines strong, sculpted forms which integrate precise details, natural materials and innovative lighting to provide a well-crafted, premium design aesthetic."

The result is a well-proportioned sedan with a balanced and modern appearance. It doesn’t have a very original and personal style – the Hyundai badge is not even present in the front grille.

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Hyundai Genesis - InteriorSome remincesceces of the Lexus and Infiniti models can be found in the front and side view, while the tail lamps are similar to those of the latest BMW 3-Series.

Features

Based on the Genesis Concept unveiled at the 2007 New York Auto Show, Genesis is built on a new rear-wheel-drive architecture and will be available with 3 powertrains, including 3.3-liter and 3.8-liter V6 engines, and the new 368-hp 4.6-liter Tau V8.

Both Genesis V6 engines use an Aisin 6-speed SHIFTRONIC automatic transmission, while the Tau V8 unit is mated with a ZF 6-speed transmission.

Hyundai Genesis - InteriorExclusive features include XM NavTraffic, Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS), Smart Cruise Control, Lexicon® audio systems and electronic active head restraints.

The targeted competitor models are cars like the Chrysler 300 and Pontiac G8, while engineering benchmarks were Mercedes E-Class, Infiniti M, and Lexus GS.

The unibody structure makes extensive use of high tensile steel in critical areas, providing the car with 12-14 percent higher dynamic torsional rigidity and a lower body structure weight than the BMW 5-series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Among the many features of the interior are the Lexicon state-of-the-art audio system featuring LOGIC 7® technology (the same offered on the Rolls-Royce Phantom), a navigation system with an 8-inch display and heated and cooled driver’s seat.

(Source: Hyundai)

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