Hyundai has released the first teaser image of its Detroit show debut: the HCD-14 Concept. The shadowy image may not show much, but gives us a decent look at where the Genesis sedan is heading.
While speaking with Automobile Magazine last summer, Hyundai CEO John Krafcik hinted that we would see a concept vehicle previewing the brand's next design evolution. Called Fluidic Precision, Krafcik said the language "would be a little less extroverted” than Hyundai’s previous designs.
While the HCD-14 teaser shows plenty of convex and concave surfacing, the look seems to be more restrained than the sometimes-jarring lines of Hyundai's current range. The overall form is similar to that of the Audi A7, but it's hard to tell if the Hyundai is a hatchback or will use a traditional trunk. No matter what, the glass area is almost identical to the A7's, down to the kink in the C-pillar. A strong character line runs from head- to taillight just below the greenhouse, and swollen wheel arches are filled with what look to be large, split-five-spoke wheels.
It's assumed that the HCD-14 previews the next-generation Hyundai Genesis, which is due in 2014. (The current Genesis went on sale in the U.S. in 2008.) Hyundai also promises that the concept will include "advanced 3-D gesture-based technology controls and spirited driving dynamics." Stay tuned for more information when the Hyundai HCD-14 Concept makes its debut on Monday, January 14.