The all-new highly anticipated Hyundai Genesis is finally here. There was a time when “highly anticipated” and “Hyundai” didn’t belong in the same sentence together, but they do now.
Unveiled Tuesday in Seoul, Korea, the second generation Genesis is leaps and bounds ahead of the first generation, in terms of luxury, performance, technology, and aesthetics. The new Genesis is the first Hyundai to sport the company’s second version of “Fluidic Sculpture,” their unique design philosophy. The result is a sedan that looks like it should compete with the BMWs, Mercedes-Benz’s, and Audis of the world.
And it performs with them, too. The base Genesis comes with a 3.0-liter V-6 that makes 257 hp, 224 lb.-ft. of torque, and 0-60 in 8.6 seconds. But three higher performance models follow: a 3.3-liter V-6 with 282 hp, 256 lb.-ft., and 0-60 in 7.2; a 3.8-liter V-6 with 315 hp, 293 lb.-ft., and 0-60 in 6.5; and finally, a 5.0-liter V-8 cranking out 425 hp, 383 lb.-ft., and hitting 0-60 in 5.4 seconds.
Each engine is designed specifically to work with Hyundai’s new 8-speed automatic transmission, and the sedan is offered with an HTRAC all-wheel drive setup, though rear-wheel drive is standard.
Inside the cabin, the car reads much more like a luxury car, and less like a cluttered compact. The Genesis has a more refined interior than previous models, and the cabin space is notably bigger. From an interior standpoint, the Genesis has caught up with – and in places even surpassed – the competition.
Also upgraded are the safety features on the Genesis: the 2014 model now features driver-knee airbags, as well as their new Lane Keeping Assist System, Advanced Smart Parking Assist System, and Lane Departure Warning System, among others.
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