We’re getting a clearer picture of what we can expect for the next-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan, especially following this latest batch of spy shots that include photos of the four-door’s dashboard and center stack. In all, it appears that the new sedan will offer passengers nicer surrounds with higher levels of refinement.
For starters, the new Hyundai sedan will feature more wood accents, especially on the passenger side of the dashboard. The center stack’s overall design has been tweaked as well, with a horizontal layout that starts with a large infotainment screen and air vents on top, followed by climate control and audio control switchgear below. We can also see a new electronic gear shifter (similar to BMW’s)and a round knob flanked by buttons, likely controlling the navigation functions as on the current car. The leather-wrapped, four-spoke steering wheel is accented with wood trim and appears to have even more buttons than in the current generation Genesis.
When Hyundai unveiled the HCD-14 at the 2013 Detroit auto show, it said the concept car was not a preview into the next-generation Genesis. That’s definitely true for the interior, where the Genesis prototype’s business-like interior is a far cry from the HCD-14’s airy and wind-swept cabin.
However, the next-generation Genesis is sporting a new grille with vertical slats that appears to be influenced by the HCD-14, and the same goes for the all-LED headlight design. The test mule’s rear end is heavily covered up, but we do see bits of the taillights and exhaust tips, which should look more polished and finished in the production version. From the side, the new Genesis sedan makes room for a small fixed window behind the rear doors.
Current rumors state that powertrains will carry over. That means the base model may be powered by a 3.8-liter V-6 sending at least 333 hp to the rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic. A high performance R-Spec version should be offered as well, with a 5.0-liter V-8 producing around 429 hp; a 10-speed automatic and all-wheel drive are also rumored. The Genesis is expected to hit showrooms toward the tail end of 2013, but expect to see more spy shots of the sedan before then.
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