Today, Hyundai has launched the all new 2015 Genesis at the 2014 Detroit Motor Show a.k.a North American International Auto Show. The Genesis model has down wonders for the brand in major markets when it was launched back in 2009, and it was no surprise when Hyundai announced the second generation Genesis.
The 2015 Genesis is even more equipped than the first generation Genesis and features an array standard safety features, Hyundai HTRAC all wheel drive system, and other minor updates.
“Hyundai is proud to bring our next-generation Genesis sedan to eager U.S. consumers in just a few short months,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Market expectations for the new Genesis are understandably high, and we’re confident the Genesis’ combination of superb dynamics, bold design, class-leading safety and driver-focused technologies will exceed those expectations by a large margin.”
The new generation Genesis is based on Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 and thus gets a completely modern styling. The language has evolved over the years and the latest interpretation shows its more precise and refined. The exterior of the Genesis is extremely plush and features a single-frame 3D-hexagonal grille, a dynamic crease accent, HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps, full-LED taillamps, new 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels options, and much more.
The Interior has been updated and is now even more intuitive. It seamlessly integrates the various interior parts with excellent fit and finish. A number of improvements have been made starting from the steering wheel design to the onboard controls. Many of the switches which were earlier found on the center console have now been relocated to make the cabin user-centric. Some of the feature highlights include 12-way power front seats, heated front seats, heated rear seats, double stitching for improved quality, manual rear side sunshades, panoramic sunroof and much more.
For the first time a Hyundai sedan will come with a new HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) as an option, while a rear drive configuration is available as standard. The all wheel drive system is lightweight at 165 lbs and features an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control. HTRAC features three drive modes: Normal, Eco and Sport.
At the heart of the Genesis is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine that produces 420 hp at 6000 rpm and 383 lb. ft. of torque at 5000 rpm. With 420 hp on tap the engine becomes the most powerful Hyundai V8 and yet offers low emissions and superb efficiency. Technology wise the V8 makes use of an optimized intake runner length, enhanced timing chain for reduced friction and NVH, low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio etc. The engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission
The existing 3.8 liter direct-injected Lambda engine has been further optimized to deliver better low rpm performance. It produces 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This engine also comes mated to same eight speed auto transmission. All eight-speed auto gearboxes feature SHIFTRONIC paddle shifters.
Other highlights include new Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA), High-beam Assist (HBA), Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) and more.