Genesis Essentia Concept Looks Absolutely Stunning Under Natural Light

The Genesis brand was present at the 2018 Concorso d’Eleganza Villa d’Este at Lake Como last weekend,with the sexy Essentia Concept.

Easily one of the best looking cars there, the study traveled to Europe all the way from New York, where it made its premiere a couple of months ago.

Now, despite a previous report claiming that one exec is pushing for a production version, the Essentia will most likely remain a concept. But it does get a few interesting technologies that we might to see on road vehicles in the coming years.

The Essentia is loaded to the gills with tech, with some of its main features being a fingerprint sensor, facial recognition, a widescreen display and only a few physical buttons located on the steering wheel and next to the gear selector.

Thanks to its expressive styling, bubble roof, butterfly doors and long bonnet, it’s easy to mistake it with something styled by Pininfarina or some other European coachbuilder. But it’s actually the work of Hyundai, Genesis’ parent brand, which shows how far the Koreans have got in a relatively short time.

Genesis wasn’t too keen on proving any specs on its concept, except for a top speed of 269km/h (167mph) and driving range of up to 373km (232mi), as shown in the digital instrument cluster. Electric powertrain or not, we’d really love to see the Essentia making it to production, as it would give the recently launched luxury brand a halo car. Like we said, though, that’s probably not going to happen.

  • Huge Dom

    Love it, looks like they have something special with their concept and hope they borrow a lot of the design elements to future production models. Only thing that stood out to me is the badge location on the front, it seems it would be cleaning to go on the grill vs the hood or use a small one.

    • Matt

      You wouldn’t see the badge if it was on the grille, the car being so low you look down at the badge which is the whole point.

      No different to what Aston Martin or Ferrari do.

  • Bo Hanan

    Strange, it looks like an old design.

    • Six Thousand Times

      The words you were looking for were “classic” or “timeless.”

  • Nordschleife

    This does translate rather well outside of the Autoshow lights. This is the most desirable Hyundai (concept for otherwise I’ve ever seen.

  • They’re not gonna make it? That’s a shame, but yeah Genesis halo car might not be car that is easy to sell, but it would proof how Genesis is a world challenger now.

    Interestingly for this year Concorso D’Eleganza Design Award for Concept Cars and Prototypes goes to Ferrari SP38 Deborah, I really think Essentia should win that.

  • fabri99

    I saw it in the metal and was expecting more, to be honest. It looks very good, but it didn’t take my breath away. Nor did the Ferrari one-off, for that matter. These two did, though

  • Tinky-Winky

    Looks nice indeed, especially the copper accents.

  • Bash

    Extremely beautiful! But on the other hand they really need an SUV right now.
    And I’m not a fan of any SUV.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Yeah, that thing is still nearly perfect.

  • Autoexperte

    the Mazda in the background looks better

  • Status

    Not even close.

  • Six_Tymes

    This exterior design is really growing on me, I like it. I just cant get used to the dash and steering design, it looks like something from a 1969 Future car concept.

  • Six_Tymes


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