Genesis Mint Concept Unveiled As A Tiny Electric Hatchback Without The Hatch

Following a handful of teasers, Genesis has officially unveiled the all-new Mint concept.

Looking like Genesis’ take on the Hyundai Veloster, the Mint is a small hatchback-like vehicle with an aerodynamic front fascia that features LED headlights and a tiny crest grille. The model also has muscular fenders and an oddball rear end which recalls the 2009 Aston Martin Lagonda concept.

Despite the hatchback-like styling, the Mint has two scissor-style doors which open to provide access to a parcel shelf behind the front seats.  The shelf is relatively small and Genesis said it was designed to temporarily stash items that are essential for day-to-day life.

Speaking of the rear end, the Mint has a centrally located charging port above the Genesis badge.  The car has also been equipped with slender LED taillights that are connected by a thin strip.

Elsewhere, we can see five-spoke alloy wheels and a panoramic glass roof.  There are also lower body panels with a “G-Matrix pattern” which allows air to flow around the car’s battery pack.

The unique styling continues in the cabin as the Mint has a cognac leather bench seat which provides a “cozy space” for two people.  They sit between a center console which can be folded away when not in use.

While the cabin is largely devoid of switchgear, the stylish steering wheel is surrounded by six information screens which apparently work as shortcut buttons.  The model also has a seventh screen which is integrated into the steering wheel and acts as an instrument cluster and infotainment system.

Since the Mint is a concept, Genesis didn’t say much about technical specifications.  However, the company confirmed the car has a high-density battery pack which enables it to travel approximately 200 miles (322 km) on a single charge.  The concept also has a 350 kW fast recharging system, but the automaker declined to say how long the recharging process would take.

While we shouldn’t expect to see a production model, Genesis billed the Mint and as an evolution of the city car.  Hyundai Motor Group chief design officer Luc Donckerwolke also said “The Mint concept disconnects the physical dimensions of the vehicle from its positioning as a premium product, calquing the city car of the past to today.”

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  • Rocket

    I like it. Hopefully it foreshadows something larger and more practical.

  • YET ANOTHER CAR MIMICKING THE NISSAN C-PILLAR/FLOATING ROOF. YOU HAVE TO WONDER IF THERE’S A FACTORY THAT DISPERSES DESIGNERS TO DIFFERENT MANUFACTURERS

    • ErnieB

      Agree with you here.. this concept is cool up until the floating c-pillar..

      • I DON’T KNOW WHY SO MANY MANUFACTURES COPY THIS FEATURE.

    • enthusia

      Floating c-pillars are truly the chlamydia of automotive design.

    • bd0007

      Designers like going w/ the trend.

      For instance, numerous automakers have gone w/ the H/K design element of extending the chrome trim beyond the greenhouse/glass.

      • IT’S A SHAME THAT THEY ARE GIVEN THE OPPORTUNITY TO CREATE SOMETHING UNIQUE BUT INSTEAD LOOK AROUND AT WHAT OTHERS ARE DOING AN COPYING. KIND OF LIKE THE SKINNY SUIT/BROWN SHOES FAD.

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  • Eddie Williams

    I hope some of the styling from front headlights and Taillights rubs off on the GV70

  • Honda NSX-R

    I love the interior, it reminds me of the Aston Martin RB-003

  • Mike anonymous

    I actually REALLY hope they make this. A Luxury 2-door Hatch (that is also an EV) Something that’s not another SUV, would be wonderful. Give it its’ own platform or base it on the underpinnings of the Veloster. This could easily go head to head with vehicle such as the Mini Cooper S, BMW M2 (based on size), and other luxury/luxury-like vehicles in the segment. It would certainly make my list of vehicles to buy.

    …Also “Mint” in my opinion is such a fitting name for this vehicle.

  • Merc1

    I actually like it, a lot.

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  • ErnieB

    It’s really cool looking despite the floating c-Pilar… Korean design is blowing away the Japanese..

  • Eddie Williams

    Not to Mintion the wheels are beautiful… it should be produce aswell

  • MarketAndChurch

    Gorgeous. It would look like nothing else on the road today. Genesis definitely needs more SUV’S, but this and a model X & S competitor would be perfect.

  • Craig

    I love the fact that it has a bench seat. [and a 1962 Imperial square steering wheel!]

  • Bash

    Driver should keep his eyes on the road; very bad location to put the screen in the center of the steering wheel.
    What the heck it’s a concept only.

  • Enoch Gabriel Gonzales

    I think it’s just meant to tease genesis’ future design cues, but the whole thing is pointless

  • Ary Wisesa

    Just make it into production! Ditch those nonsense scissor doors for more realistic hatchback door. Make the trunk bigger and more usable, or even better: add rear seats. Replace that difficult-to-clean lower body “grating” with simpler surface. Retain all nice design elements, those rims are certainly among them, and Genesis would have a hot seller.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Great looking car even if those back doors don’t make any sense.

    • Knotmyrealname

      They are luggage access doors.

      • Six Thousand Times

        No, I know what they’re supposed to do, that’s just a gimmicky and nonsensical way to go about it.

        • Knotmyrealname

          Every car maker is looking for that USP.

    • bd0007

      They actually DO make sense for access to the luggage compartment in tight city street spaces.

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  • LOVE the interior. It was a kind of 70’s vibe.

  • db

    Am I seeing this right, that the front doors are the traditional swing open sort? As exotic as the vertical doors are, I’d be leery having them. Not sure if they are less practical in day to day use or not, harder to get out of in the event of an accident/damage or that I’m a tad claustrophobic.

    • Mike anonymous

      I thought the same thing at first. But actually they (the vertical doors) are actually the cargo boot doors. The vehicle features only 1 row on the inside and a rear cargo area behind that. The vertical doors allow you to load things in and out of the vehicle as the charging port in on the rear hatch instead.

      It only seats 2/3 people. Hopefully this helps @disqus_sBOzFjnK38:disqus

      • db

        I believe you are right, I failed to notice that the back was just stowage. It seems like a costly idea to just access the rear area but I do like the two seating (three if they “friends”) concept.

        • Mike anonymous

          I agree with you 100% on that, Also no worries.

  • MayTheBestCarWin05

    wow. What a truly refreshing, weird, yet stunning design. Inside and out. Bravo Genesis.

  • SteersUright

    Very good looking little hatchback. At least shows Hyundai can design good looking cars when it wants to.

  • Subi-Rubicon1

    I’m not sure how I feel about this. On one hand I’m intrigued and on the other my practical sense question it. Cool concept though.

  • tkindred

    Great looking design. Would turn heads.

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