Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show

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  • Looks like: The next-generation Genesis sedan we'd like to see
  • Defining characteristics: Coupe-like roofline, rear-hinged back doors, gigantic grille
  • Ridiculous features: Driver eye tracking and hand-gesture recognition
  • Chance of being mass-produced: We'll be shocked if this concept is recognizable in the next-generation Genesis

The Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis concept is a glimpse of what the next-generation Genesis luxury sedan might look like. Though the vertical front end and giant grille certainly look dramatic, it's unlikely to survive its first evaluation in a wind tunnel.

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Without a doubt, this thing is more of a classic concept car, the kind of design study that might influence a future product but probably won't be recognizable in the finished vehicle. The low, coupe-like roofline and rear-hinged doors just don't seem realistic. The 5.0-liter V-8 engine and rear-wheel drive? Well, you can probably count on that.

Other distinguishing features include a center console that doubles as a partition of sorts. Hyundai says the car explores a new human/machine interface that employs a head-up display, driver eye tracking and hand-gesture recognition. Knowing the kind of hand gestures other automakers' new interfaces have inspired, we're not enthusiastic. The iPad storage slot in the center console seems a wiser idea.

Hyundai says the HCD-14 uses optical recognition "to identify the driver and initiate the starting sequence." Turning a key and starting the car is so 1900s….

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept

Comments 

Dan

If one of these cuts me off, will it recognize my hand gesture?

Rick

Aston Martin???

Ken L.

To set the next Genesis apart from all the other luxury vehicles out there, Hyundai needs a vehicle that stands out in the crowd, and not some vanilla like, what is that?, vehicle they currently call the Genesis.

WLD

To set themselves apart in luxury cars Hyundai would have to be a luxury car maker with a pedigree. Being what they are, what they produce is the same thing as covering a Crown Vic in leather(ie, Lincoln).

That said, this is an impressive looking car.

martin epstein

Bad luck with my 2009 Genesis 5.0 loose seat cover seat material sagged-to much road feel-hard ride goodyear tires shot after 10000 miles-transmission bad up and down shifting-In real cold weather the engine when starting would shake-hard steering- FACTORY WARRANTY WORTHLESS-SOLD CAR IN 2011

Vik

Beautiful concept. I sure hope some of this styling makes it into the new Genesis. Just what Hyundai needs to set themselves apart from the competition while remaining classy.

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