Hyundai Details Concept Genesis

March 26, 2007


The Genesis concept is the first preview of the “future architecture and design of a rear-wheel drive premium sports sedan scheduled to grace the Hyundai lineup in 2008,” the release says.


The Genesis concept is formed around a rear-wheel-drive architecture, a first for an American-market Hyundai. With a weight distribution of 53:47, a new “Tau” V-8 engine with more than 300 horsepower and a six-speed automatic transmission, Hyundai says the Genesis will accelerate to 60 mph in less than 6.0 seconds and will reach a top speed of 130 mph.


Hyundai hints that the new Tau engine could spawn other versions: larger or smaller displacements are possible, as is “forced induction.” Other technology — including hybrid versions — are hinted.


Stability control and side airbags are designed into the Genesis concept car, and are virtually guaranteed for the production version, since Hyundai fits the safety hardware to its Azera sedan. The Genesis concept, in fact, sports eight airbags. Hyundai promises better body rigidity than the BMW 5-Series and the Mercedes-Benz E-Class.


While branded a concept, the Genesis is unusually finished. And Hyundai is already talking pricing on the new vehicle, hinting even more loudly that the Genesis will enter production in a form close to its concept shape. Features integrated into the concept car design include high-intensity discharge headlamps, Bluetooth, HD Radio, active cruise control, and a navigation system.


John Krafcik, vice president, Product Development and Strategic Planning, Hyundai Motor America, said in a release. “With Genesis, we’ve got a unique product position,” says Hyundai’s product VP John Krafcik, “an all-new, highly capable, rear-wheel drive platform; a high-performance powertrain; and premium, progressive design – all at a price starting well under $30,000.”

2007 Hyundai Concept Genesis

Base price: $29,995 (est.)

Engine: 4.6-liter V-8, 300 hp

Transmission: Six-speed automatic, rear-wheel drive

Length x width x height: 197.0 x 73.3 x 58.7 inches

Wheelbase: 115.6 inches

Safety equipment: Dual front, side, rear side, and curtain airbags; anti-lock brakes and stability control

Major standard equipment: AM/FM/CD player; 20-inch wheels

Speed: 0-60 mph in 6.0 seconds; 130 mph top speed (est.)



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