During the 2018 New York Auto Show, not only did Genesis reveal to us the G70 manual equipped sports sedan, but alongside it, they also pulled the covers off of an electric concept car that they call the Essentia. All we can say is that it is very striking even beside various machines at the show - and that is an understatement.
This concept is pretty new for Genesis in many ways. For instance, its body, monocoque structure, and chassis are all made from carbon fiber. The Essentia is also considered to be Genesis’ very first full-on battery electric vehicle. And even if we still have not gotten details on the power just yet, it is said to have multiple electric motors that can send the Essentia to 60 miles per hour in an estimated three seconds. Of course, this is a concept vehicle so most of the information we are getting are not final or confirmed.
One thing we must consider though is how beautiful this car physically looks. According to Genesis, the Essentia embodies the classic Gran Turismo design elements, like the long hood and the swept back styling and low profile.
To be more specific, the roof actually only sits 50 inches off the ground. This is made possible by the I-shaped battery layout that installs the car’s center tunnel instead of underneath. This also features butterfly doors that open on either side to reveal a high end interior, where the front seats are dressed in brown leather, and the blue velvet lies in the back. Of course, there are plenty of carbon fiber and aluminum accents to be found all over.
Since the Essentia is purely electric, you might be wondering what is underneath its hood, where usually a V12 resides. Well, in the case of this model, it has been fitted with clear bodywork that reveals the carbon fiber chassis, suspension components, and extra storage, apart from the one you will find in the rear. We are assuming that the motors are located at each wheel similar to that of the Rimac Concept One.
The Essentia was developed with the reduction of interior clutter in mind, while creating a strong connection between the car and its driver. The vehicle actually carries a number of high-technology features as one would expect.
These include extensive vehicle to vehicle, and vehicle to infrastructure communications, as well as a smart navigation system that will choose routes based on “driver inclination.” The car can also be set up to fit the driver’s style. Despite all that electric talk, Genesis did not mention anything about any sort of autonomous control, so that is probably something that it does not feature.
Now that you’ve heard and seen images of the Genesis Essentia, how can you not want to drive one of these?