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Genesis unveils all-electric Mint compact crossover-style concept in New York

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The all-electric Mint Concept from Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis
The all-electric Mint Concept from Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis
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The G-Matrix pattern features inside and out
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The G-Matrix pattern features inside and out
The Mint Concept's square steering wheel
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The Mint Concept's square steering wheel
Although the car is battery electric, the Genesis Mint Concept has three pedals instead of two. Genesis does not explain why
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Although the car is battery electric, the Genesis Mint Concept has three pedals instead of two. Genesis does not explain why
The Genesis Mint Concept features rear butterfly hatches to access the cargo area
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The Genesis Mint Concept features rear butterfly hatches to access the cargo area
The smooth bodywork and simplistic overall exterior design of the Mint Concept
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The smooth bodywork and simplistic overall exterior design of the Mint Concept
Genesis says that the Mint Concept is made to get about 200 miles (322 km) of range per charge and can use 350-kW fast charging
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Genesis says that the Mint Concept is made to get about 200 miles (322 km) of range per charge and can use 350-kW fast charging
The Genesis Mint is a two-door, two-seat vehicle meant for getting around the tight confines of a city
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The Genesis Mint is a two-door, two-seat vehicle meant for getting around the tight confines of a city
The all-electric Mint Concept from Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis
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The all-electric Mint Concept from Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis

Ahead of the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai's luxury brand has unveiled a new compact concept called the Mint. Appropriately in green, the all-electric Genesis Mint Concept is a lightweight, compact two-door, two-seater designed for upper-crust city drivers.

A vented matrix that Genesis calls the "G-Matrix" pattern dominates the very lowest portion of the car, encircling the bottom of the Mint like a lower body halo, and directs airflow to the batteries underneath the vehicle's floor. This helps cool them while leaving the rest of the Mint Concept's bodywork smooth and curvy. This pattern is echoed in the Mint's wheels and as a design element on the interior.

The smooth bodywork and simplistic overall exterior design of the Mint Concept are interesting, evoking a kind of callback to compact coupes and buggies of an earlier time. The interior of the Mint, however, is very different.

Although the car is battery electric, the Genesis Mint Concept has three pedals instead of two. Genesis does not explain why
Although the car is battery electric, the Genesis Mint Concept has three pedals instead of two. Genesis does not explain why

Inside, the G-Matrix pattern is seen as dark lines running through a light brown base, with the center console able to be folded down to turn the front bench seat into a settee. There's a squared steering wheel and round pedals – although the car is battery electric, there are three pedals instead of two. Genesis does not explain why. Other elements inside the Mint include copper-colored graphical user interfaces and a large tablet-like screen inset into the steering wheel.

Behind the seating is a sort of cargo shelf behind and above the rear seats, with the interior's mesh pattern becoming literal mesh, ostensibly to strap the cargo in place. Access to the Mint Concept's cargo area is through two reverse butterfly hatches, which open up and out to the rear of the car.

Genesis says that the Mint Concept is made to get about 200 miles (322 km) of range per charge and can use 350-kW fast charging.

Source: Genesis

5 comments
yawood
Very good looking
Alien
Ah...the front bench seat...reminscent of many 1960's cars and highly convenient for courting...also able to squeeze an extra person in... but sadly not here though, because there is only provision for two belts. Still ... at least it will allow the driver to get out 'on the wrong side' if that happens to be more convenient. It would be good to see cars with the new techology (electric) get rid of the huge central 'tunnel' that currently dominates car interiors.
DavidB
I love a two-door *and* appreciate the utility of a hatchback as much as anyone, but this thing? Pfft. It looks pretty good from the outside, but a bench seat makes it difficult to enjoy the typically sporty handling of an EV (thanks to the low center of gravity created by the battery packs) as you slide back and forth. And the steering wheel! Jeez, whoever thought a rectangular WHEEL was a good idea deserves a dope slap. Putting the info screen in the steering wheel means info will be readily accessible, but only when you're driving in a straight line. If the car ever makes it to market, it won't include *any* of these poorly considered characteristics.
D[]
Not a third pedal... just a nice foot rest. From another write-up on another site.
WB
Jesus this car looks like Tesla Model 3 from the front... they couldn't come up with something unique... I guess imitation is the highest form of flattery.