Genesis Essentia GT Concept Is The Reason Why We Go To Auto Shows

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.

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  • Six_Tymes

    um, if you can make that, that would be great… it is impressive

    • Six Thousand Times

      I’d show it my “O” face.

  • Hoe

    Really interesting job

  • Toronado_II

    Bold ! I like.

  • john1168

    I like it! I see a bit of Gurney F1 Eagle in that front grille and the reminds me a little of a Corvette C2 racecar. I like the full on digital display too. Looks like two shift levers inside. What’s going on there? Very interesting concept.

  • wait a minute

    nice from all angles, but closer to sci-fi than reality.

  • Tabs Luther

    Not many cars look this great at so many angles.

  • Love the retro inspired interior, I’ll vote this even just for Genesis design language.

    • Nordschleife

      I do as well. It was the first thing I saw and I was like that is cool. Overall it is a great package.

  • Matthew Torchiana

    Touring already makes this car, based on the 8C, called the Disco Volante. It’s a spot on copy

  • Nordschleife

    The rear 3/4 view is giving me some Firebird vibes. Like screaming chicken firebird vibes in a great way.

    • Enter Ranting

      Burt Reynolds approves.

    • Liam Paul

      that is what I thought. Firebird , Corvette, 911

  • CBV2020

    Muscle car classic vibes.

    If you’re attending the function, show up.

  • Enter Ranting

    It’s pretty shocking! Great work.

  • lousydead

    the ass-end is giving me some Viper vibes… Not sure about that windshield/hood/roof thing tho, that would never make it to production.

  • Spideymanz

    Everyone American, European, and Japanese car company should take notice… Simply beautiful! Put a German, American, British, Japanese badge on this – and most people would not stop with the accolades – not to mention how much they would pay for this…


  • SteersUright

    I wish Hyundai would just make this sports car. Throw the new 3.6Turbo V6 in it and bring it to market at $50k!

  • Tumbi Mtika

    Oh my god. Dio mio.

    This is just stunning. Absolutely beautiful.

  • Tan Lee

    This car reminds me off the RX Vision Concept.

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