Hyundai’s all-new 2015 Genesis, which has been unveiled at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, is set to be offered in right-hand drive and officially imported by UK Hyundai dealers, albeit in limited numbers.
First introduced in 2009, this second generation model has been upgraded and modernised on both the outside and inside.
The all-new Genesis will also be the first Hyundai to embody Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the second-generation of the design theme that was introduced back in 2009 with the debut of the Sonata saloon.
New design features include a dominant hexagonal front grille as a key geometric element, as well as a crease accent running along the flanks. The car’s proportions demonstrate a long dash-to-axle length, longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs than its predecessor.
Underneath its skin, the latest Genesis receives a redesigned platform to accommodate its new available HTRAC all-wheel drive system, using no shared components with its previous generation. The redesigned platform employs more high-strength steel, now over 50 per cent of total platform composition. This has resulted in 16 per cent stiffer torsional rigidity and 40 per cent stiffer bending rigidity compared with the first-generation architecture. As a result, the new Genesis is stiffer in both torsional and bending rigidity than the BMW 5-series, claims Hyundai.
Body and mounting point stiffness are also improved, achieved by a new connecting structure, more use of laser welding, reinforced body and chassis mounting points, new hot stamping and dipping techniques for the B-pillar and roof sides, and an increased amount of high-strength steel in the chassis. Front shock towers are made of aluminium, and a diamond-shaped strut bar improves front structure rigidity for better steering response. Front seat frames were also strengthened for increased rigidity, say Hyundai engineers.
Matched to the new, stiffer chassis is an all-new rear multi-link suspension, with 5-link geometry and increased suspension travel. The fully-independent, 5-link front and rear suspension designs have increased stiffness compared with the original Genesis. The reduction in camber angles when turning at speed results in improved steering feel, 23 per cent less tyre tilt, and increased lateral grip.
Powertrain options include an entry-level 3.8-litre V6 engine that utilises direct-injection and produces 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. It is available with either rear-wheel drive or the new HTRAC AWD.
Available with rear-wheel drive only, Hyundai will also offer a more powerful 5.0-litre Tau V8 engine producing 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm.
Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Hyundai is currently preparing for significant growth in European sales from 2015 onwards, following a period of intense investment in its regional infrastructure. A combination of qualitative enhancements and new products will support the company’s aim to achieve 5% market share in Europe by 2020.
This aim will be further supported by Product Momentum 2017, which will see the launch of 22 new models and derivatives in Europe during the next four years. The programme’s first model, New Generation i10, went on sale in late 2013 and the second will be the all-new Genesis.