2015 Hyundai Genesis to Offer HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive

The 2015 Genesis will be the first-ever Hyundai sedan with all-wheel drive.

The next generation 2015 Hyundai Genesis will feature a new all-wheel-drive system called HTRAC when it debuts later this year in South Korea. According to the automaker, HTRAC stands for “Hyundai Traction,” and will expand to other Hyundai models in the future after its first application in the 2015 Hyundai Genesis.

This HTRAC system is able to electronically control torque split between the front and rear axles based on different driver-selectable driving modes as well as road conditions. This next Genesis will be the first-ever Hyundai sedan to offer all-wheel drive and the next Hyundai Equus, which we expect to ride on the same platform as the genesis, is also a likely bet to receive this system. As the Hyundai Genesis continues to move upscale, this all-wheel-drive system will be essential for it to better compete in the midsize luxury sedan class, where rivals like the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and Lexus GS have been offering all-wheel-drive for years.

We saw a prototype of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis testing on the Nürburgring a few months ago, so it’s possible that car was involved in Hyundai’s HTRAC testing. From other spy shots of the car, we know that the new Genesis will utilize some styling cues first shown on the Hyundai HCD-14 concept at the 2013 Detroit auto show, with a new front grille design and LCD headlights. The interior also looks much more upscale, with a more horizontal dash layout featuring a larger infotainment screen and a new electronic gear shifter mimicking BMW’s shifter design.

When the 2015 Hyundai Genesis debuts later this year, models equipped with the HTRAC system will feature a special badge on the trunk lid. Look for more information on Hyundai’s premium sedan to come within the next few months.