All-New Hyundai Genesis: Our Spies Get Up Close to the Korean Luxury Sedan


If there's one model that has single-handedly changed customer perceptions about Korean cars in general, and the Hyundai group specifically, it's the Genesis mid-size premium sedan, which proved that the company was finally ready to look German and Japanese rivals straight in the eyes.

The fact that the press and consumers have warmly received the Genesis puts a lot more pressure to Hyundai for its replacement, a futuristic glimpse of which we had with the HCD-14 Concept at the Detroit Auto Show in January.

Hyundai's goal with the second-generation model is to improve the formula all around, offering the Genesis with a more dashing and sharper-looking exterior loosely inspired by the HCD-14, a better quality interior with more attention to styling details and wider options, which for the first time, will include all-wheel drive.

Carscoops' Josh Byrnes has already made a drawing of the Genesis Mk2 based on the exterior spy shots if you'd like to see what the premium sedan will look like, and now, our photographers have captured close up pictures of the car's interior.

The styling of the dashboard is less swoopy and more serious-looking in a European kind of way, compared to the current version. In fact, leaving aside the analogue clock, many details like the controls on the center stack for the audio, navigation and heating systems, and the automatic gearbox lever, bring to mind…certain German creations. The array of buttons set on the left-hand side of the dashboard, though, are clearly influenced by Japanese ergonomics and styling.

Engine-wise we expect the new Genesis to broadly mirror the current model with uprated versions of the 3.8-liter V6 and 5.0-liter V8 units. However, there's also the possibility Hyundai could add its upcoming 3.3-liter turbocharged V6 to the lineup as well.

Photo Credits: CarPix for CarScoopS




mccarluvr123 said... »April 17, 2013

This is going to be one gorgeous car! Not that that's unusual from a company that only makes good looking cars. But still, I can already tell it will be a HUGE improvement on the current Genesis. However, this car presents a dilemma: Which do I prefer, the new CTS, or this? Such a hard decision. This brings up another point: Hyundai has come so far in the past few years! ten years ago, no one would've believed you if you had told them that soon there would be Hyundais competing against Maseratis (Genesis and Ghibli)! Wow! I'm so impressed with Hyundai and Kia!

Lets be Serious said... »April 17, 2013

The switchgear looks cheap just like the last one, I see the Genesis as more a Korean alternative to the 300, charger, lacrosse, avalon, maxima than an alternative to near luxury sedans like the 5 series E class and A6. The last one just had an air of cheapness and mainstream that is lacking in the near luxury takes more than rear wheel drive, electronics, fake wood, and vinyl trim to make a luxury sedan. Putting the current Genesis side by side with the near luxury cars mentioned above you would immediately be able to tell it was a much cheaper car. When Hyundai can make a car that can match the near luxury crowd on quality I;ll look at the genesis as a luxury sedan until than good alternative to the sedans mention above the mainstream premium category.....

mccarluvr123 said... »April 17, 2013

Yes, I agree the last one was more of an upscale/near-luxury car than a true midsize-luxury competitor. But I don't think you can say this will be a cheap car just judging from some spy shots. You haven't even seen the exterior (without camo) yet and I think you should wait to judge the interior until you actually sit in one! The last Genesis moved Hyundai upmarket. This second generation model will do just that again!

nonya said... »April 17, 2013

I like the new CTS very much but I'd prefer the Genesis over the CTS based on just CUE... what an awful system.

donald seymour said... »April 17, 2013

I feel the same way. I'm considering this over the CTS sedan, but when the coupe comes along, then I will opt for it. Like I said, I put my badge-whoredom away from me. I just go with what I like now.

Lets be Serous said... »April 18, 2013

im going to assume you work for Hyundai, not to mention if you couldnt tell anything from the spy shots guess what carscoop wouldnt have posted them. What I can see based on these spy shots as i mentioned is the cheap switchgear which it has in common with cheaper Hyundais, you can all see the vinyl covered and wood grain door panels. If you truely feel the last Genesis was on even footing with the best in calls of the Midsize luxury sedan your in denial, move Hyundai upscale sure as did the Avalon, 300, Lacrosse, and Maxima did for their brands it doesnt make them direct competitors to the midsize luxury sedan category of $50,000+ cars with top notch interiors it makes them nice cars....and thats what the Genesis is a nice car...not a luxury car

dumblikeyoutu said... »April 18, 2013

Enjoy your Hi-un-day.

dumbliketu said... »April 18, 2013

It's only upmarket if you want to believe it's upmarket, but you'd have to believe really, really, really hard in order to convince yourself, like with the aid of strong barbiturates convincing that cause you to trip and by that time you could be driving an Accent and would know the difference. And then there's reality, i.e. what everyone else is really thinking about your petite bourgeoisie ride.

Blayke A. Fish said... »April 18, 2013

This Korean car is so German that even the LCD display is in German!

mccarluvr123 said... »April 18, 2013

First of all, I don't work for Hyundai. I'm fourteen. Second, if the previous Genesis moved Hyundai upmarket this one can too! Thirdly, I really can't stand people who still think of Hyundai as the budget brand they were six years ago! A lot of things can change in that amount of time and they certainly have! People who say that Hyundai can't build a luxury car just make themselves look ignorant, as if they've been living under a rock! Finally, I have no idea what you're saying as you have terrible grammar! I looks like you need to go back to elementary school (for a few reasons)!

mccarluvr123 said... »April 18, 2013

Thank you! As I've said countless times before, the one thing I can't stand is a badge-snob! Hyundai has just as much potential to build a world-class luxury car as any German brand (not to mention the fact that the quality is higher)!

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