Despite what Hyundai CEO John Krafcik said at this year's Detroit auto show, the HCD-14 Genesis Concept seems to bear close resemblance to the upcoming 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan. How do we know this? By looking at these new spy shots of the new four-door lapping the Nurburgring, that's how.
While the overall look of the 2015 Genesis will be more conservative than that of the rakish concept, the Genesis carries over numerous cues from the HCD-14. Most notable are the front and rear clips, which look like less-pinched versions of the concept's visages. We can a near-identical, oversize square grille – albeit with more bars – and rectangular LED headlights. Around back, the production car eschews the undulating surfacing of the concept, but maintains the detailed LED rear lighting. To design editor Robert Cumberford's delight, the front and rear "sphincters" in the lower intake and rear diffuser don't seem to have made it into production. The new car looks like it probably has a longer wheelbase than the current model's 115.6-inch size. Our guess is that much of that stretch will go to making the rear seat and trunk even roomier than before.
Speaking of the interior, our shooter managed to snap some pretty clear shots of the all-new Genesis’ cabin. The look is reasonably conservative, with a design very similar to that of the revised 2014 Equus. The look is clean and modern, with gauges that blend traditional dials with digital screens and an uncluttered center stack without too many buttons. That last point can't be made for the steering wheel, which has been peppered with 10 buttons and four scroll wheels. However, all those buttons give us a clear idea of what kind of technology to expect on the 2015 Genesis: adaptive cruise control, a lane keeping assist system, heated steering wheel, automatic wipers, and power opening and closing trunk will all definitely be on the spec sheet.
No word yet on what will power the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, but we wouldn't be surprised if the 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter Tau V-8 engines and eight-speed automatic carry over from the current car, especially given that the HCD-14 concept was equipped with the Tau V-8. There's also little doubt that the Genesis will continue to be a rear-wheel-drive-only affair.