One of the most impressive cars by far on display at the 2018 New York Auto Show is the Genesis Essentia Concept. In fact, we dare say, this is the kind of car that makes you want to visit motor shows.
Designed to preview the future of the company, it uses an electric powertrain and it’s packed with technology that some already take for granted on their smartphones. For example, it has facial recognition and fingerprint sensor used to open and close the doors.
What’s it like inside?
In the cabin, users will be mesmerized by the gigantic widescreen display. It stretches across the width of the dashboard and provides access to all of the car’s functions. It’s not exactly driver-friendly, as the navigation menu sits in front of the passenger, but those behind the wheel do get a sub-menu on the instrument cluster, telling them where to turn left or right.
And speaking about the instrument cluster, this is fully digital as well. It might also provide a few important details about the car Genesis wasn’t keen on revealing just yet, such as the top speed – 167mph (269km/h), and the total range – 232 miles (373km).
The rest of the cabin features a minimalistic layout, with the only physical buttons being located next to the gear selector, and on the steering wheel.
But what about the exterior?
Quad headlights and taillights, reminiscent of the Genesis GV80 FCV SUV, an evolved grille, transparent hood and a retro-futuristic bubble roof reminiscent of Italian concepts from the past dominate its exterior. It also gets functional air vents behind the front wheels, slim pillars, butterfly doors and bronze wheels, shod in Pirelli tires.
The sexy concept leaves the impression that it came from Pininfarina, or other famous styling houses from Italy, and that’s a big plus for the Hyundai-owned brand.