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2015 Hyundai Genesis To Get Optional HTRAC All-Wheel Drive


Just the Facts:
  • The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis will be available with a new all-wheel-drive system dubbed HTRAC.
  • Hyundai said it plans to offer the all-wheel-drive system on other unnamed future models.
  • The all-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis targets such upscale competitors as the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS, all of which offer all-wheel drive.

COSTA MESA, California — The redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis will be available with a new all-wheel-drive system dubbed HTRAC, the automaker confirmed on Thursday.

The "H" stands for Hyundai and "TRAC" is a shortened form of "Traction."

Pricing, powertrain details and launch timing on the revamped Genesis were not announced. The sedan has been rear-wheel drive since its 2009 debut.

Hyundai said it plans to offer the all-wheel-drive system on other unnamed future models.

The all-wheel-drive Hyundai Genesis targets such upscale competitors as the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS, all of which offer all-wheel drive. The new system is expected to appeal to luxury buyers in cold-weather states in the U.S.

Hyundai said the HTRAC system electronically controls torque split between the front and rear axles depending on road and driving conditions, "offering greater stability on slippery roads and in corners."

"Hyundai Motor's HTRAC system has secured best-in-class durability and driving performance through strict tests carried out in various locations worldwide, including the famed Nurburgring in Germany, the Yeongam F1 circuit in Korea and in severe winter tests in Europe," said Woong-Chul, vice chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group's R&D Center. "We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped with the HTRAC system."

Edmunds says: The Genesis continues its march upmarket.

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