2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan: First Look

Front

Competes with: Chrysler 300, Cadillac CTS, Volvo S80
Looks like: Elantra/Azera/Tucson styling meets Hyundai’s luxury sedan
Drivetrain: 311-hp, 3.8-liter V-6 or 419-hp, 5.0-liter V-8 with eight-speed automatic transmission; rear- or all-wheel drive
Hits dealerships: 2014

Hyundai revealed the next generation of its Genesis sedan this week to journalists in Seoul, South Korea. The new Genesis sedan will come with rear- or (new) all-wheel drive, and Hyundai global CEO Mong-Koo Chung promised the car would "compete head-on with top-tier premium models in the global market, including Europe."

That's what the last Genesis, which hit U.S. dealerships in summer 2008, promptly did. Can its successor repeat that? We'll see, but the path to success has at least one less hurdle. Thanks to the first Genesis and, to some extent, the pricier Equus, Hyundai has shown its luxury chops. Consumer acceptance of the second Genesis should be less of a question mark.

Hyundai says it already received some 3,500 preorders for the sedan. It wants to sell 62,000 Genesis sedans worldwide in 2014 — about half on its home turf and the other half across North America, the Middle East, China and Russia. Hyundai says the car goes on sale in major international markets, including the U.S., in 2014. The automaker confirmed to us last October that the redesigned Genesis sedan will be a 2015 model; we still have no details on the Genesis coupe, but judging by U.S. Hyundai CEO John Krafcik's tweets, another one is on the way.

Comparo

Exterior
The Genesis debuts the second generation of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture styling, exemplified best on the Elantra sedan and Tucson crossover. Full shots reveal more of the grille than what we saw in Hyundai's first renderings last October. It sits low and broad, narrowing to a base just wider than a Euro-style license plate frame. Horizontal fog lights sit above an opening that runs the length of the bumper — an element that recalls the 2009-2012 BMW 7 Series. The new Genesis trades its predecessor's subtly rising beltline for a flat crease that runs parallel to the ground. That would seem to benefit sightlines, but the sleeker roofline appears to minimize the windows, which would do just the opposite.

Length, width and height stay roughly the same, which means the Genesis is somewhere between a midsize and full-size luxury car — think BMW 5 Series and 7 Series. But its wheelbase has increased 2.9 inches, which could improve the Genesis' ride quality; so could a new multilink rear suspension. We thought the outgoing car rode fine, but Hyundai has told us in the past that some shoppers deemed it too firm. Alloy wheels range from 17 to 19 inches, but it's unclear which options will come to the stateside version of the Genesis.

Inside

Interior
Inside, the Genesis adopts center controls from Hyundai's pricier Equus sedan. This year's center display measures 8 inches or 9.2 inches with a 1,280-by-720 pixel display; the outgoing Genesis has 7- or 8-inch displays that topped out at 800 by 480 pixels. The new system offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Apple's Siri support, various apps and Google points of interest. It's unclear if that requires a separate internet subscription, however.

Materials include real aluminum — but still fake wood — with denser seats and larger bolsters. Double stitching replaces single stitching across the leather upholstery, and Hyundai claims 16 percent more interior storage space. Trunk volume measures 15.3 cubic feet, down from today's 15.9 cubic feet but still competitive with midsize luxury cars.

A new Smart Trunk feature automatically opens the trunk if the key fob is detected nearby for longer than three seconds. It's another way to access the trunk for grocery-encumbered owners, and you'll get an audible warning and flashing lights before it opens. We still envision a lot of unintended trunk openings, so Hyundai says you can deactivate the feature in the car's onboard settings.

Rear

Under the Hood
The global Genesis employs four engines — three V-6s from 3.0 to 3.8 liters, plus Hyundai's 5.0-liter Tau V-8. We'll likely see the V-8 and largest (3.8-liter) V-6, which makes 311 horsepower and 293 pounds-feet of torque. That's down 22 horsepower but up 2 pounds-feet versus today's 3.8-liter Genesis.

Hyundai revised airflow, increased cylinder compression and optimized fuel injection for the V-8, which makes 419 horsepower and 383 pounds-feet of torque. That's down 10 hp but up 7 pounds-feet versus today's Genesis 5.0 R-Spec.

Both engines continue with an eight-speed automatic. Weight specs are still unknown, but Hyundai says that with rear-wheel drive the 3.8-liter Genesis hits 60 mph in the low 6-second range, while the V-8 gets there in the low 5s. Our friends at "MotorWeek" nailed 60 mph in 5.1 seconds with a 2012 Genesis 5.0 R-Spec, so the forthcoming model looks to be just as quick.

Drivers can choose between Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow modes with a drive-mode selector; in all-wheel-drive models, Sport sends more power to the rear. The electric power steering also employs variable ratio, not just assist. Hyundai says it tested the chassis at Germany's venerated Nürburgring raceway — all but required for a car that claims performance chops.

Safety Features
A plethora of safety features include lane departure warning and mitigation systems, blind spot warnings, rear cross-traffic alert and adaptive cruise control with emergency auto-braking.

Related
Hyundai Previews 2015 Genesis Sedan
Hyundai Expands 2009-2012 Genesis Recall
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Comments 

Elliott

It looks like a Ford Fusion on the side and front, and a Lexus GS on the back.

carma

The goofy stylized "H" is nowhere in sight, an obvious improvement. The new winged logo seems to borrow from both Chrysler and Aston Martin. The styling, while derivative, seems to have a Chrysler vibe. I wouldn't be surprised to see a similar type grille on the new 200, which is reportedly a very improved design over the present model.

Jordiie

Looks good...but it is basically just a Frankenstein of a variety of other manufacturers cars. Good, but to me it seems unoriginal.

It also wants to compete with German premium cars: S, 7 series, A8, which are the leards on this segment

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jyd

I've heard the "originality" knock about the Genesis for some time and it does hold some weight. However, originality is a double-edged sword. The new Lexus corporate grille is original, and it's hideous.

This new Genesis is a step up over the old and while it is reminiscent of other vehicles in the class it won't be mistaken for them.

Recall the first years of Lexus. It takes a while for a luxury brand to find it's way. The Genesis is on the right path.

B

It's still a Hyundai.

Al

Did they fix the rock-hard suspension?

bd

@Elliot

Hyundai did the oversized hexagonal grill shape years ago - which now many automakers are doing.

And the side/greenhouse is a rendition of (take your pick) - the Impala, Fusion, Avalon, A7, previous model Infiniti M, Elantra GT fastback 2 generations ago.

And the rear of the Lexus GS looks like the rear of the Sonata - hence the family resemblance (of the Genesis to the Sonata - for better or worse).

And yes, they did fix the suspension (getting rid of the horrible OEM Dunlops and tuning it further - tho the R-Spec is still tuned on the firm side).

carma

Upon further reflection, this grille strongly resembles the previous generation Sonata. Looks like Genesis buyers will be partying like it's 2009.

TP

So many haters. LOL. I have the 2012 5.0 (non-Rspec). I can tell you the car is good. Had it for one year and drive it daily. Its a perfect sleeper. G37s, 750's, little BMW 3 series (non M3) are all breakfast in straight line.

All confirmed by me and my Genesis 5.0 :)

Bill Fisher

I was blessed with a ride in the 2015 Genesis by a Hyundai engineer and I can definitively tell you this article is not 100% accurate. The wood grain on the dash..."Real". And very beautifully done matte finished with deep graining ala Audi A7. From the passenger seat it's hard to judge as well as when the steering wheel is in y hands. I drove my neighbors Audi A7 and as a passenger I prefer the cabin of the Hyundai. Only time will tell if the drivers seat is as pleasant a place to be.

Jl

Front look like hybrid of Audi &Mazda6, sides and back look just like Infiniti q50.interior similar design as Lexus es350.

Dale Cornel

Did Hyundai address the exhaust soot issue that leaves an oily residue on the back of the car? I had a 2009 Genesis and currently have a 2012. This is an outstanding car and I will definitely get the. 2015.
DC

Infosaur

I think it'll look a lot better in states that don't require a front plate.

And the "Jenny" (Genesis Coupe) needs it's own name. The two cars are nothing alike.

Hi,
2015 Hyundai Genesis Manages to be both more aggressive and a lot cleaner-looking than the previous generation. I like it.

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2014 Hyundai Genesis in Tulsa

Brian Lameeagle

Has anyone driven the two models? If so, how would you differentiate them?

Pastor Moe

I own a 2011 4.6L V8. Have owned a Caddy CTS, a Nissan Max, and an Acura TL Type-S. Just to name a few.

Companies that I have worked with owned these cars that I driven long for and short trips: Lex GS 430 and Volvo S80.

I can say that I have been soooo happy with this car. It is great. I do agree that the rear does feel stiff at times [but, so did the Volvo]. To me it feels like the Maxima between sport and normal mode.

Out of all the car I would say the Lexus just out ranked the Genesis due to amenities. The Hyundai a close 2nd and the Caddy third.

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