2015 Hyundai Genesis Debuts At 2014 Detroit Auto Show

Although we briefly drove it in South Korea last year, it's only today that the 2015 Hyundai Genesis makes its official debut in the U.S. market. The second-generation car replaces a Genesis that first debuted in 2009, back when many were skeptical Hyundai could sell a luxury car in the U.S. market. Steadily improving quality, market share, and sales have proven otherwise, setting the stage for a brand-new version of the Genesis.

The new Genesis also heralds a new design language that Hyundai calls Fluidic Sculpture 2.0; it will later be used on the next-generation Sonata midsize sedan. In the case of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, the styling entails plentiful character creases, a broad hexagonal front grille, LED taillights, and a coupe-like sloping rear windshield.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis has grown by just two-tenths of an inch in length but its height and width are unchanged. The wheelbase, however, has increased 2.9 inches, which helps reduce the car's overhangs to give a more dynamic appearance.

The wheelbase change goes hand-in-hand with a brand-new chassis; Hyundai says no chassis parts from the old car carry over to the 2015 Genesis. There is more high-strength steel and aluminum, to increase the car's stiffness without significantly affecting its weight. New suspension geometry is said to improve handling and steering feel, at the same time as keeping the Genesis's ride as comfortable as befits a luxury car.

Carryover Engines It's generally true that automakers try to increase their engines' outputs over time, but Hyundai has taken the opposite step with the 3.8-liter V-6 in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. For the new luxury sedan, the base engine now makes 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque, an increase of one lb-ft but 22 fewer horsepower than was offered previously. The reason, Hyundai explains, is to enhance torque and drivability.

According to Hyundai director of powertrain John Juriga, data showed that the average Hyundai Genesis driver kept their engine's speed below 4000 rpm more than 95 percent of the time. As a result, Juriga and his team decided to optimize the 3.8-liter V-6 for that sort of driving. The engine's redline has been lowered by 400 rpm to 6000 rpm, and its low-to-mid torque band considerably fattened. That came at the expense of a tiny bit of horsepower at high rpm, but Juriga doesn't expect many Genesis drivers to miss those 22 ponies.

"We can actually improve the fun-to-drive factor as well as the overall drivability," he says.

The main change is that the old V-6's two-stage intake manifold has been replaced by a three-stage version. Three valves open and close to vary the length of the inlet runners, allowing the engine computer to optimize the intake for better low- and mid-range torque. The variable valve timing has been reprogrammed, and there are new fuel injectors with a different spray pattern that's said to promote better low-end power. Hyundai has also revised the piston coatings and fitted a variable-pressure oil pump to improve fuel efficiency.

The optional 5.0-liter V-8 engine, which also carries over to the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, makes 420 hp and 383 lb-ft. Hyundai has attempted to improve fuel efficiency by implementing a lower-friction crankshaft seal, and redesigned the timing chain so there is less friction between the camshaft gears and the chain.

On either engine, an eight-speed automatic transmission is standard.

New for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is an all-wheel-drive system called HTRAC. Developed in-house, the system weighs just 165 pounds and is intended to help the Genesis appeal more to Snowbelt customers, as Hyundai believes the fact the old car was offered only with rear-wheel drive may have turned off buyers in northern states. In Sport mode, HTRAC sends more power to the rear wheels for sportier handling.

Gadgets Galore The car's freshened interior now has more room, and Hyundai's measurements show the 2015 Genesis is more spacious that five rival luxury sedans: the Cadillac CTS, Lexus GS, Infiniti M, BMW 5 Series, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class. The cabin has simpler physical controls, an updated touchscreen infotainment system, new gauges, a smarter steering wheel, and a parallelogram motif for the air vents.

New technology includes variable-ratio, speed-sensitive electric power steering; Continuous Damping Control adaptive suspension for the V-8 model; and Hyundai's first Automatic Emergency Braking function. As with similar systems on many other cars, AEB can apply the Genesis's brakes if it detects an imminent collision, based on input from the cruise control radar and the lane-departure camera. Along with that trio of safety gear, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis boasts a backup camera, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-departure prevention, and blind-sport warning systems. There is also a head-up display that projects information on the windshield, a new feature for any Hyundai model.

Perhaps the most unusual new tech add-on of all is a carbon-dioxide detector. Hyundai research determined drivers become drowsy when car CO2 levels exceed 2000 parts per million, so the Genesis's climate control system automatically pumps in fresh air if it detects that level in the cabin.

Despite all the changes, the 2015 Hyundai Genesis shouldn't be significantly more expensive than the current car. Hyundai says to expect a base price below $40,000; the 2014 Genesis started at $36,120 (with destination) for V-6 models and $48,320 for the R-Spec V-8.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis goes on sale this spring.

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Gillian Machidi
Badge is everything
Amit Kumar
Wooooow what a car
Evan Forbes
Looks good
Khushal Khan Yousafzai
More to emphasis on energy efficient cars..or renewable energy..
Sunny Turakhiya
Front Scene looks like Audi. Aftr saw the front Grill.
Kiran Ramah
im intrigue too about the logo xD
John Paul Hussein
Nice Ford Fusion.
Steve Young
It's still Korean junk no matter how they disguise it.
Kevin Belt
Audi called. They want their grill back!
Vishnu Thekkanapoikayil
This is not hyundai,it is auston martin
Daniel Guerrero
Hyundai has come a long way.
Jorge Garcia A
Bob Mich
i think its nt that bad
Sylvain Raymond
Lovely automobile!!!
Jeff Elwell
Nice car.. To bad they stole the design from the Ford Fusion.
Rick Yachiw
Chrysler 300 copy? More like what Chrysler 300 should be.
Shusaku Yamasita
Chrysler 300's copy
Madani M. Tall
The audi resemblence is clearly the. We know former Audi design chief is now head of design at hunday and kai. No wonder the cars look nice these days. well done !
Alex Pancamo
Keeping up with Mercedes on the Genesis? I still love it. All of the new Hyundais are great.
Michael Steven Chavez
Looks like a bigger Ford Fusion from this angle.
Daniel Oliver
Marc Hamady
They need their own luxury division
Chris Frye
This is an amazing achievement. As someone who sold Korean cars fifteen years ago, I never dreamed they could build a car like this.
John Kurtz
I like!!
Richard Macintyre
you've never been in a Genesis, have you?
Darren Songfreid
It looks more commanding than the last generation Genesis. Lexus and their ES and GS should be worried.
Richard Macintyre
dunno.. ask and Equus driver
Richard Macintyre
not long ago, one of he popular car mags took the Equus out along with Mercedes, BMW, Audi and Jag. Considering the incredible price differences and comments it got, it's not long before they are just as luxurious and performance oriented as the others. Look how far they've come already in such a relatively short period of time.
Venus Illegitima
John Lopez
Not even close. The badge looks similar at first glance, but the car itself is not an AM copy/paste.
Chris Vela
Still a Hyundai, they along with kia need to create their own luxury brands if they expect people to part with luxury level money otherwise who in their right mind is spending massive bank on a Hyundai or Kia no matter what it looks like, drives or feels
Fonzo Ro Ma
Hyundai is clueless…naming a car after a book of the bible
Jonathan Levanduski
They can make it look any way they like. It will still drive like pinewood derby.
Noey O. Cabrillos
Ohw no!!!! It looks like an audi with an aston mArtin badge!
Venus Illegitima
Aston Martin copy\paste
Ian Flood
Jag XJ look a like!
James Procell
I think it is a nice looking car that closely resembles 3 or 4 other cars. The company has made huge improvements over the past few years, but no one is ever going to associate Hyundai with luxury, no matter how hard they try.
Rob Vance
Nice job Hyundai.
Robert May
Oh, and a Mazda 6 rear end.
Robert May
Nice Audi grill/ Fusion front end. Looks nice though
Stephen Abbott
It's nice, but yeah, they've going back to the Asian car method of copying every Western competitor, which is kind of lame and a huge step backwards. Distinctiveness makes far more sense, and if it looks like a Honda with an Audi nose, that won't be enough to bring those buyers over to this brand.
Elaine Bythebeach
Julio Vasquez
excellent copy of every competitor
@automobilemag @Hyundai Looks like a Tesla Model S that has sharper and cornered lines...

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