When Hyundai first debuted its Genesis Sedan back in 2008, the fancy luxury car represented a big leap of faith from a brand that was better known for inexpensive runabouts than big, rear-wheel-drive bruisers. But the car sold surprisingly well, carving out a nice niche for Hyundai and even spawning the even-more-luxurious $55k-Equus, based on the same platform.
Now it’s time for the Genesis Sedan to get its first thorough redesign, and the new model shows off Hyundai’s commitment to continuing to push forward.
Though a few elements, like the very Elantra-like LED taillamps, may come as familiar to Hyundai fans, the Genesis Sedan’s sheetmetal from stem to stern is all-new. Calling the design language “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0”, Hyundai promises the car’s overall cues will make their way down to the company’s more-pedestrian models in years to come.
We like the big, purposeful new grille, HID headlamps with LED accents, and more flowing roofline, moving away from the blockier appearance of the original. The overall appearance is athletic yet staunchly luxurious, perfectly suited to a car that offers BMW 5-Series-like luxury and performance at the price point of the smaller 3-Series
Though styling is all-new, the Genesis Sedan’s recently updated engine lineup will carry over unchanged. That means the buyer’s choice of a 3.8-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 291 lb-ft. of torque, or a 5.0-liter Tau V8 with 420 horsepower and 376 lb-ft. of torque, the latter a three-time Ward’s 10 Best Engines winner. Either engine comes mated to an exemplary ZF 8-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive, though all-wheel drive will now be an option, a first for the Genesis lineup
On the inside, copious amounts of leather pair with real aluminum or matte-finish wood accents for a premium cabin feel, and Hyundai will use the 2015 Genesis as a canvass from which to debut its latest-generation Blue Link infotainment and telematics system.
The seats alone, 12-way power-adjustable, heated and ventilated with new double stitching, are a step up in comfort and ergonomics from the old car.
The 2015 Genesis Sedan is all set to go on sale in Spring 2014, with Hyundai promising to keep pricing at under $40,000 for the entry-level V6 model. Pricing on the upscale Genesis Sedan 5.0 should start at around $48,000.