What Is It?
2015 Hyundai Genesis
What's New About This Model?
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is a fully redesigned sedan that replaces the current Genesis, which has been on sale since 2009. Although it's roughly the same size as the current Genesis, nearly everything about the sedan has been upgraded or improved to increase performance, safety and its level of luxury.
When Does It Go on Sale?
Hyundai says the all-new Genesis sedan will go on sale in the U.S. this spring.
How Much Does It Cost?
No official pricing has been released yet. Hyundai officials promise that the Genesis will continue to offer outstanding value in the segment. In other words, it will likely come in close to the current price range of $36,000-$44,000.
How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
Although Hyundai currently sells a Genesis coupe, only the Genesis sedan has been redesigned for 2015.
Like the current Genesis sedan, the redesigned Genesis will be available in two levels of trim: Genesis 3.8 and Genesis 5.0. Both trim levels offers a wide range of standard and optional equipment, with the more powerful 5.0 model adding a higher degree of performance equipment.
What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
· 3.8-liter V6, 311 horsepower, 293 lb-ft or torque
· 5.0-liter V8, 420 hp, 383 lb-ft of torque
· Eight-speed automatic transmission standard
· Standard rear-wheel drive, all-wheel drive optional
What Unique Features Does It Offer?
In addition to all the usual luxury features offered on sedans in this price range, Hyundai has given the Genesis a few pieces of equipment you won't find on the competition. One new feature is an automatic trunk opening system that will pop the trunk if you stand next to the car for 3 seconds with the key in your pocket. Another new feature is a smartphone app that can remind you to get service or start the car remotely if it knows you're about to leave on a cold morning. Hyundai has also built a specific application that will interface with Google Glass if you own and use the wearable computer.
Why Kind of Safety Equipment Does It Offer?
Hyundai says that this Genesis was designed to deliver top safety ratings from both the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) and the National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration (NHTSA). In addition to its improved crash-worthiness, the Genesis also has multiple systems designed to keep the Genesis from getting into an accident in the first place.
One such feature is a Lane Departure Warning system that will vibrate the steering wheel if it senses the car drifting out of its lane. An Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) system is also featured that will initiate braking if it senses a car approaching at an unsafe speed.
What Models Will It Compete Against?
Acura RLX: This luxury sedan is priced slightly higher than the Genesis but is similar in size and performance. The RLX also features a long list of high-tech features for those who like the latest gadgets.
BMW 5 Series : Long considered the sportiest sedan in the midsize class, the 5 Series offers a range of engines and features. Hyundai specifically targeted this model when it set its performance benchmarks for the new Genesis.
Infiniti Q50 : This sport sedan from Infiniti is slightly more performance-oriented than the Genesis, but is similar in size, price and features.
Should You Wait for It?
The current Genesis is known for offering outstanding value in a class typically known more for name recognition than anything else. The new 2015 Hyundai Genesis edges closer to its more well-known competitors in terms of performance and features, although such upgrades may come with a slightly higher price.