- The next-generation Hyundai Genesis was caught in prototype form during testing.
- Hyundai's latest design philosophy can be seen in several aspects of the camouflaged test car.
- Although it may borrow some design elements from Hyundai's HCD-14 concept, the next Genesis sedan is not considered a production version of the HCD-14.
DETROIT — We caught a prototype of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis this week during testing, and it revealed several notable styling changes.
Unlike the forgettable lines of the current sedan, the next-generation Genesis looks as though it will adopt some of the company's more progressive design ideas. Up front, the headlights appear to have a unique multi-lens setup that up to this point has only been used on concept cars. The same goes for the marker lights at the bottom corners of the front bumper. This prototype also appears to have a horizontally oriented grille with no vertical split like the current car.
In profile, the 2015 Genesis has a slightly more dynamic profile thanks to a more steeply raked windshield and a slimmer C-pillar. Oddly enough, this Genesis looks much like Toyota's latest Avalon sedan, another full-size four-door that was often criticized for bland styling prior to its most recent redesign.
Out back, the Genesis looks as though it will retain a fairly conventional design. The taillights look as though they angle upwards at each corner while the exhaust pipes exit at each corner.
Significant changes under the hood aren't expected for this Genesis, as it will likely carry over the current model's V6 and V8 engine lineup. One major change in the hardware department is the availability of all-wheel drive.
Inside the cabin, the Genesis has a traditional look that mixes wood, leather and metallic trim. The modest number of buttons and switches make way for a giant navigation screen, which unlike the current model, is square instead of rectangular. In a nod to some of its rivals, a sizable analog clock also sits front and center.
Look for more information when the production version of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis makes its official debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show next January.
Edmunds says: A much-needed redesign should give the Genesis the one thing that it truly lacks in its current iteration — style.