2013 Detroit Auto Show: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Article by Christian A., on January 14, 2013

After one teaser, the Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept arrived today at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show revealing the styling directions for the next-generation Genesis sedan. The Hyundai HCD-14 Concept wants to be a stylish four-door coupe but what we see in the photos is way too much so don’t expect to see a production version of this concept.

Due to the presence of the rear-hinged doors we find an inviting commodious cabin ambience, with a double-cresting-wave center console design and a driver-focused cockpit offers. The center console includes an iPad tablet storage station in order to keep it secure in spirited driving. The vehicle is powered by a 5.0-liter V8 engine fitted with direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), bolted to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

The exhaust used on the concept is ceramic-lined and was tuned for minimal backpressure, maximum high-rpm horsepower and a deep baritoe note.

The main feature of the powertrain of the HCD-14 Genesis from Hyundai is that it has the brand’s very own prized Tau V8 engine. This 5.0-liter engine has direct injection and even comes with the Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing, or D-CVVT. As a result, power is impressive but efficiency is still exceptional and emissions still low. One interesting feature on this new model is that it utilizes what is known as optical recognition.

The system is able to identify the driver and once confirmed, the starting sequence is immediately initiated. When it comes to the gear selection, the automatic eight-speed transmission can be operated through paddle shifters. Meanwhile the exhaust has been lined with ceramic.

It has also been tuned in order to maximize high-rpm horsepower and minimize the backpressure. The exhaust also gives off that deep baritone sound and the ultra-wide tips have cooling fins integrated to them. The vehicle dynamics of the HCD-14 is driver-centric.

There are the advanced controls that are gesture-based or use eye-tracking. It helps lower distractions when driving, allowing the driver to be more focused and to appreciate even more the excellent vehicle dynamics it offers on a daily basis.

Indeed, the vehicle dynamics of the new HCD-14 Genesis allows the driver to take everything to the next level, be it control, focus, and involvement. With Hyundai making use of high-tensile steel for the ultra-rigid chassis, it results in a vault-like platform for the vehicle’s rear-drive powertrain set-up. The five-link suspension for both the front and the rear ensures that the shifts of the suspension-travel to the camber and toe are lowered.

This gives it that consistent grip when going out of bends. Through the use of the multi-mode power steering system, the driver continues to have a good feel of the road. It also brings with it remarkable feedback advantages which results in efficiency advantages of an electronic system. Meanwhile, the HCD-14 is equipped with an advanced yaw-control system which gives the driver multiple choices for driving preferences or changing road conditions.

On the other hand, the lower-profile performance tires have that excellent road feel, mid-corner grip, and turn-in response. Because of the wide range of road gripping technologies, it meant that the powertrain would have to be just as impressive and that’s where the Tau V8 engine comes in. In terms of the design of the exterior, the HCD-14 Genesis is able to make a strong statement.

However the interior, particularly the driver’s environment, is the area where one can truly see a number of technological advancements. The engineering team in-charge of ergonomics has managed to remove the usual center stack. Instead, there is a driver interface system that is more intuitive and ensures that the driver can continue to keep eyes on the road. Because there was no need to follow traditional design, the design team was able to come out with a layout for the controls that did not use any knobs or buttons.

Further, advanced 3-D hand gesture and eye-tracking can easily recognize any commands given by the driver and thus reducing any distractions experienced with manual controls. In addition, should the driver select a feature using eye-tracking, other features can be chosen using gesture recognition or voice control. These can include infotainment, navigation, HVAC, and audio.

It can even be used for smartphone connectivity functions. Indeed, this clever intuitive interface means that the driver continues to have total control while the eye is still above the cowl plane. Ensuring that the driving distraction is minimized further is the windshield heads-up display. Patented by Hyundai, the interface is how the brand sees the future when it comes to vehicle HMI and bring with it new standards when it comes to active driver safety technology.

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