We saw it wearing bulky camouflage, we saw it in a blurry cameraphone photo, and now we have our clearest look yet at the 2013 Hyundai Genesis. Hyundai-Blog says that this photo shows a redesign for the Genesis coupe that may debut as early as 2013.
As we saw before, the coupe’s snout has been totally revamped with a design that looks cribbed from that of the new Hyundai Veloster. There’s a big grille opening, large swept-back headlights, and even some hood vents. The overall effect is somewhat like plopping the front of a Nissan GT-R onto a Genesis coupe. Based on these photos, the facelift is neither as subtle and attractive as the current Genesis coupe, nor as edgy and aggressive as the Veloster.
The styling decision does make sense, however, as it gives a common DNA to both of Hyundai’s compact “sporty coupes”, including the Genesis coupe and Veloster. Beneath the new design, we expect the Genesis’ 210-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four and 306-hp 3.8-liter V-6 engines to continue, although they may gain direct fuel injection as part of the refresh.
Look for the new Hyundai Genesis coupe to make its public debut early next year, possibly as soon as the 2012 Detroit auto show in January.