The Genesis Essentia Concept made its debut at the 2018 New York International Auto Show as a stunning battery electric vehicle with a carbon fiber monocoque construction, a multi-motor powertrain and a bespoke interior. It was also the automaker’s first ever concept for a true GT car, dubbed “the ultimate manifestation of Genesis design and engineering.”
This week, it was announced that it won an award for ‘Concept of the Year’ from Automobile magazine. Should it have, though?
“Essentia is a statement about the next chapter of our Athletic Elegance design language,” stated Hyundai design boss and executive VP, Luc Donckerwolke. “This award from Automobile magazine is recognition of the Genesis design teams’ hard work and dedication.”
Now, if it’s “athletic elegance” you covet, we reckon you might be able to do a little better than the Esstentia as far as concepts that came out last year are concerned.
Infiniti Prototype 10
Unveiled back in August at Monterey, the Prototype 10 is a stylish concept that’s meant to capture the “spirit of early speedsters.” It was designed to have a long body, short overhangs and an open cockpit, which in turn means it has a really clean and aerodynamic shape. So yes, you might want to throw this concept into the mix as far as last year’s best are concerned.
Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept
Also unveiled at Monterey, the Vision EQ Silver Arrow Concept is powered by an electric powertrain that produces 740 HP (750 PS), yet also delivers more than 248 miles (400 km) of range.
It’s styling is reminiscent of the Silver Arrows from the 1930s, although Mercedes did throw in a carbon fiber front splitter, LED lights and massive aluminum wheels (each with 168 rose gold spokes). Inside, it features a solid walnut floor, polished aluminum trim, suede grey accents and an elegant touch-sensitive display.
But which concept from last year do you think is the best-looking overall? Is it really the Essentia, as this recent award would imply? Or would you rather give it to the Infiniti Prototype 10 or the Mercedes Vision EQ Silver Arrow? Also, if we could tag a few honorable mentions, they would probably be the Pininfarina HK GT and the Audi PB18 E-Tron Concept.