It has been four years since Hyundai launched the Genesis luxury sedan onto the market and while it will take a little over a year for the Korean automaker to present the redesigned version at the end of 2013, the company has made some changes to the current model.
Most importantly, Hyundai has dropped the 385hp 4.6-liter V8 and the standard 5.0-liter V8 models from the U.S. range with the 2013 Genesis now being available exclusively with the base 333hp 3.8-liter V6 and the sported-up R-Spec model powered by a 5.0-liter V8 rated at 429hp.
Both engines are linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels with the R-Spec gaining a sportier setup.
For 2013, the Korean carmaker has added a new eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller to the options list for both the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models.
According to Hyundai, the new display integrates the same rotating dial with joystick-type function but features “a more intuitive user interface”, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. The system utilizes a 64GB solid-state drive allowing users to store music, images and videos.
In addition, Hyundai now offers its latest Blue Link telematics system in three packages named “Assurance”, “Essentials” and “Guidance”.
Hyundai has not yet announced pricing for the 2013 Genesis sedan that is expected to go on sale this fall.