We already suspected a new version of the Hyundai Genesis sedan was under development, and now these spy photos confirm it. Our spy photographer caught this camouflaged Genesis sedan outside a Hyundai facility in Europe.
There was plenty of evidence a new Hyundai Genesis was on the way. In March, Hyundai CEO Kim Choong-ho told South Korean reporters that a new version of the flagship sedan would arrive by 2013. Then in July, Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik told Automobile Magazine that a concept version of an all-new Genesis would be shown before the end of 2012.
The prototype Hyundai Genesis sedan seen here has a similar wide chrome grille, headlight treatment, and wheel design to the current car. New LED running lights surround the headlights and the taillights appear to have more interior detailing, but the basic trunk shape and trapezoidal exhaust tips are unchanged. The new Genesis appears longer than the current car, but that could be a visual trick because the rear windshield now makes a shallower angle to give the sedan a more modern, coupe-like roofline. Combined with the cutout window in the C-pillar, this Hyundai's profile looks remarkably like the Jaguar XJ.
Reports suggest that the Hyundai Genesis will have a thoroughly updated interior, as well as more refined chassis that will be benchmarked against the Audi A6 and BMW 5 Series in terms of ride and handling. Very few powertrain updates are expected, although CEO Krafcik confirmed to us that the next-generation Genesis will be offered with all-wheel drive. The current car only comes in a rear-wheel-drive layout, which has apparently reduced its appeal to luxury buyers in the snow belt.
Despite Krafcik's assertion that we would see a Hyundai Genesis sedan concept before the end of this year, no such car has materialized. That could be down to the fact that Hyundai was forced to scale back its fall and winter auto-show debuts as the company scrambled to react to its fuel-economy controversy. It's possible the new luxury sedan will make an appearance next month at the Detroit auto show.
The 2013 Hyundai Genesis sedan received a few equipment changes, most notably a new navigation system and the elimination of the car's midlevel 4.6-liter V-8 engine. For this model year, the car can only be equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 or 5.0-liter V-8 engine. Pricing for the V-6 model starts at $35,075 after destination, while the V-8-powered Genesis costs $47,675.