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2015 Hyundai Genesis Unveiled Ahead of 2014 Detroit Auto Show


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Just the Facts:
  • The wraps have come off the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis ahead of an expected debut in South Korea followed by a North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show.
  • Hyundai released renderings of the second-generation Genesis, showing a fairly conservative makeover, with some cues borrowed from Audi and Lexus.
  • Hyundai said earlier that some of its new Genesis sedans will be equipped with all-wheel drive, as the Korean brand seeks to better compete with luxury imports.

SEOUL, South Korea — The wraps have come off the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis ahead of an expected debut in South Korea followed by a North American debut at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show. The redesign is a critical one since it marks the first major makeover of the Genesis.

The Genesis debuted in 2009 and received a minor midcycle freshening with powertrain upgrades.

Hyundai released renderings of the second-generation Genesis, showing a fairly conservative makeover, with some cues borrowed from Audi and Lexus. One of the most dramatic changes is the car's grille, which seems to be copied from Audi. In addition to the more dramatic grille, the silhouette of the 2015 Genesis takes on more of a fastback look and the headlights are narrower.

The Genesis is expected to get carryover engines. The 2013 Genesis is equipped with either the base 333-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engine or the 429-hp 5.0-liter V8 engine.

The 2015 Genesis will go on sale next year in the U.S. Pricing has not been announced. The base 2013 Genesis starts at $35,095, including an $895 destination charge. Hyundai has not announced 2014 Genesis pricing.

Hyundai said earlier that some of its new Genesis sedans will be equipped with all-wheel drive, as the Korean brand seeks to better compete with luxury imports.

The Genesis competes with the Cadillac CTS, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Lexus GS, all of which offer all-wheel drive.

Hyundai is in the midst of makeovers of two of its most significant products, the Genesis and the Sonata. A redesigned Sonata is expected to bow early next year.

Edmunds says: Is the redesign of the Genesis too conservative or right on target?

Comments

  • boff_ boff_ Posts:

    Don't look like a "fairly conservative makeover" to me. Looks like a bold leap towards ripping off the Audi A7. But at least it doesn't look like an Accord any more!

  • markstip markstip Posts:

    Watch out Lexus this car looks great! And hey, this is how a company does a big grill.

  • To me it looks like Hyundai's version of the Infiniti Q50. I thought the most recent Genesis looked like Hyundai's version of the Infiniti's previous M series. At least Hyundai's consistent.

  • To me it looks like Hyundai's version of the Infiniti Q50. I thought the most recent Genesis looked like Hyundai's version of the Infiniti's previous M series. At least Hyundai's consistent.

  • shepski shepski Posts:

    Ford Fusion looks with Hyundai quality. Could be a winner. (But, seriously, WAY to rip off the Fusion, Hyundai.)

  • dfelix70 dfelix70 Posts:

    Fusion, Altima, Avalon = Genesis. Doesn't "Genesis" mean beginning? or maybe Hyundai changed the definition to copying.

  • different1 different1 Posts:

    Hate when companies try to mimic another.

  • rsholland rsholland Posts:

    Looks good. Glad to see that AWD will be offered.

  • duck87 duck87 Posts:

    Compared to the current Genesis, this is quite a leap. Looks way better, leaner and athletic, with a nice roof profile into the rear decklid. Is it a liftback or does it just have a really short decklid though? If Hyundai wants to continue competing in this arena, this is a good start but they really need to work on refinement and ride quality.

  • alex38 alex38 Posts:

    Looks like Fusion, Audi, Infiniti, Accord? Why not throw in Lexus, Maserati... No, it's not a blatent rip off of any of these vehicles (tho I see the most resemblance to the A7 and A5 fastback). The head of design is Peter Schreyer (looks after Hyundai AND Kia now) so if it looks teutonic, there's your reason..

  • hank39 hank39 Posts:

    That grill looks like the new Kodo Mazda6, IMO.

  • xprojected_ xprojected_ Posts:

    Not too conservative, but the greenhouse is the same as the A7, Fusion, Avalon, Impala, Altima, and likely more to come. Whereas before, like the Accord, it was clearly trying to copy BMW.

  • sharvan456 sharvan456 Posts:

    Right on target!

  • 300zxguy 300zxguy Posts:

    let's be fair, folks, only so many greenhouse shapes you can do without resorting to gimmicks that are unique at the expense of looking odd or ugly (see Infiniti). So yes, the basic shape of the window looks like A7, mazda6, fusion, impala, ..., the difference is in the detailing and proportions - that's what makes one look better than the other. From the renderings, the new Genesis looks pretty good to me.

  • jeffdg jeffdg Posts:

    UH-Mazing! I think they nailed it! It is stunning! The current model is very attractive, though a bit generic (forgettable?). But this one, wow!

  • qwwwheee qwwwheee Posts:

    "Hate when companies try to mimic another." if looking unique with styling sold cars, then Peugeot and Citroen both would be the world's biggest carmakers. The new Genesis looks great....would I buy one new? dunno. Would it be a great used car buy? Absolutely.

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