Genesis Essentia Concept Is A Stylish Electric GT That Hints At The Future

The first day of the New York Auto Show is winding down but that hasn’t stopped Genesis from unveiling the all-new Essentia concept.

Designed to provide a glimpse into the company’s future, the Essentia is a stylish two-door GT car that features carbon fiber bodywork and an electric powertrain.

The concept is a radical departure from the rest of the Genesis lineup but it features a number of styling cues which could eventually show up on future models. Starting up front, the Essentia has an evolution of the company’s “crest grille” and it is notably more diamond-shaped than on models such as the G70 and G80.

Elsewhere, the concept has “quad lights” that originally debuted on the GV80 concept. Genesis says they are a “signature” of the company so don’t be surprised when they show up on future models.

Getting back to the concept itself, it has a transparent hood which provides a glimpse at its pushrod suspension. The model has also a rakish windscreen, muscular rear haunches and functional air vents behind the front wheels.

Another unique feature is the concept’s butterfly doors. They use facial recognition technology and fingerprint controls to recognize drivers and automatically open or close.

The unique styling carries over to the interior as drivers are greeted by a minimalistic cabin with a bespoke steering wheel, premium leather upholstery and eye-catching carbon fiber trim that has been layered to give it a 3D appearance. Other special touches include polished aluminum accents and 3D printed surfaces that give the cockpit a custom look.

Drivers sit behind an eight-inch digital instrument cluster but it pales in comparison to the massive widescreen display which spans nearly the whole width of the vehicle. It features a digital rearview mirror as well as a host of other displays that show everything from the climate control settings to GPS directions.

Genesis was coy on technical specifications but confirmed the car has a carbon-fiber monocoque chassis and multiple electric motors. The company also said the car can accelerate from 0-60 mph in approximately three seconds. Judging by the instrument cluster, we can also expect a range of 232 miles (373 km) and a top speed of at least 167 mph (268 km/h).


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  • SteersUright

    Absolutely stunning, as a concept car should be. However, concept cars are becoming so much less relevant such that its frustrating to even see these beauties to only then be let down by a lack of production or a watering down so severe that the ones that do get made are no longer attractive, like what happened with the Supra and its FT1 concept.

  • vvmdrf

    Timeless design and proportions. Way better than that terrible Aston Martin and Pininfarina Electric concepts from Geneva.

  • Mynameis Taylor

    wow, this is such a stunning concept. I love it

  • Honda NSX-R

    Holy shit, this looks amazing

  • MarkoS

    Looks like they have a sports car in their future. Watch out Lexus LC.

  • Eddie Williams

    I like It…I hope if produce it will looks even better…In all it looks stunning

  • MarketAndChurch

    The Genesis brand would do very well if it had a lavish GT like this, and 3 SUV’s. Love the side profile and the way the rear wraps things up.

  • Autoexperte
    • Rj Mansfield

      Also a beautiful concept car that has two doors and 4 wheels!

      • Six Thousand Times

        Yeah, not quite the same thing.

  • jaykit

    Nice work Genesis team!

  • Genesis halo car would be interesting, it shows how serious and capable they are. Build it Hyundai.

  • Six Thousand Times

    They’ll never make it but someone at Hyundai knows from beautiful. This is what would have happened to design if we hadn’t lost our way.

    • bd0007

      Think the chances are pretty decent that we’ll see this in production form (Genesis head, Fitzgerald is pushing for the Essentia to be greenlit).

      After a basic lineup of 3 sedans, 3 crossovers and a coupe – Genesis was planning to expand its lineup with a halo GT and a dedicated EV or 2.

      The Essentia fulfills both, but in production form – likely will see a combo of ICE and electric motors.

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