After few leaked photos, the all-new 2014 Hyundai Genesis made its debut in Seoul, Korea. The 3,500 orders received on the first day of pre-orders in Korea already confirm the fact that the new Genesis will set a new standard in its segment. Comparing it with its predecessor, the 2014 Genesis features a wheelbase that was extended by 75 mm to 3,010, which means more cabin space.
The all-new Genesis features an overall length of 4,990 mm, overall width of 1,890 mm and overall height of 1,480 mm. As you can see from the photos, the 2014 Genesis comes with a new design philosophy and it is the first model from Hyundai to showcase Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. As a result, it comes with a striking hexagonal front grille and dynamic character line running along the flanks of the car, and a sporty rear end design.
According to the official press release, the 2014 Genesis is available in nine colours: Onyx Black, Marble White, Platinum Silver, Polished Metal, Urban Gray, Haze Blue, Vintage White, Tan Brown and Sand Opal. 2014 Genesis also incorporates new first-in-class technologies such as the new CO2 cabin sensor controls and safety features like the Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB).
Active safety is boosted by a Blind Spot Detection system with integrated Head-Up Display, working in conjunction with a Lane Departure Warning System and radar-controlled Advanced Smart Cruise Control. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis also marks the debut of the new HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive system and new multi-link rear suspension.
Hyundai will offer plenty of engines for the Genesis. It will be available with a 3.0-liter V6 petrol engine developing 157 PS and 224.2 lb-ft (303 Nm) of torque, a 3.3-liter V6 engine with 282 PS and 256 lb-ft (347 Nm) of torque, a 3.8-liter V6 with 315 PS and 383 lb-ft (397 Nm) of torque and the 5.0-liter V8 rate at 425 PS and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm) of torque.
All the engines are using an eight-speed automatic transmission and the base model sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 8.6 seconds, all the way to a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph). The 3.3-liter V6 pushes the vehicle from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 7.2 seconds and to a top speed of 240 km/h (149 mph). The 3.8-liter V6 model hits 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.5 seconds, while the 5.0-liter V8 hits the same speed in 5.4 seconds. Both models have the top speed electronically limited at 149 mph or 240 km/h.
The interior of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis shows that the layout of the cabin was intended to give all of the occupants not only an excellent amount of space but to also have a comfortable atmosphere. By simplifying both the instrument panel and the switchgear, it allows for a more open feel and a layout that is truly intuitive. Since the design is focused mainly on the user, it was important that different parts of the interior should be connected effectively.
In particular, that of the B-pillar and upper region of the instrument panel with the headliner. Similarly, the same needed to be true for the console with the center stack. This model shows that ultra-precise fit and finish with the seat designed for ergonomics and a natural, generous feel. In addition, the design also focused on looking for ways to store practical items like mobile electronics that can come in various sizes and shapes.
The flexibility of the cup holders was a consideration as well. For the exterior, this new model shows a design that is indeed modern made possible by the unique exterior styling that gives it a more upscale and smooth look. Bringing out a more premium feel, the different design cues are able to reveal a new visual for the brand, specifically a design that is harmonious and simple which includes refined fluidic elements.
The design has the brand’s modern look with the important geometric element being the attractive hexagonal grille in the front. Its sides on the other hand show a dynamic crease accent going through it before ending in a dynamic design in the rear. The new Genesis has design surfaces that express a kinetic elegance by putting more emphasis on the large body sections instead of the surface details.
As such, it results in dramatic forms. Proportions meanwhile show that compared to the previous generation, the overhangs are shorter with the wheelbase being longer. Length of the dash-to-axle is long as well. Without a doubt, it reveals under the sheet metal the performance rear-drive configuration. Going back to the grille, this 3D-hexagonal and single-frame feature makes sure that the front section is striking especially with the semi-gloss chrome.
However, the grille also includes the fog lamps, LED indicators, and even the HID headlamps. On the sides, the daylight opening is made more expressive. The combination of the blended surfaces, fluid lines, and sleek C-pillar puts extra attention of the athletic style. This model’s rear section has the advantage of the sculptural aesthetic through the jeweled tail lamps that use LED.