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.