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.
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.
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.