Gorgeous Genesis New York Concept previews the next generation of Korean luxury
Hyundai's luxury offshoot hasn't been around all that long, but that hasn't stopped it from launching some drop-dead gorgeous concepts. On the back of the Vision G Coupe launched in 2015, Genesis has used this year's New York Auto Show to unveil a stunning, hybrid powered sedan previewing the company's future design language.
The aptly name New York Concept is powered by a 242 hp (180 kW), 353 Nm 2.0-liter diesel engine hooked up to a hybrid system. Power is channeled to the wheels through an eight-speed gearbox, but details are scarce beyond that because this car isn't really about what's under the hood.
Instead, the New York Concept is about showcasing what Genesis' designers can do. With long bonnet and short rear deck, the concept's shape is unmistakably rooted in classic luxury, but its coupe-style windowline, big wheels and recessed door handles give it a modern, sleek silhouette.
To our eyes, that sleek silhouette shares something with Aston Martin's Lagonda. It's the same story with the car's squinting headlamps and broad rear lights.
The really interesting part of the Genesis concept is revealed when you open the doors. Up front, the dashboard is dominated by a floating 21-inch display that handles all the multimedia demands of a modern car, while drivers get clear information about what's going under the hood from a big analogue display.
All of that screen real estate can be controlled using single or multi-touch finger swipes, which allows drivers to use handwriting recognition and circular scrolling motions to work their way through the menus. As is the case in the new BMW 7 Series, there's also gesture control - although Genesis' says its system allows you to take specific bits of information and "throw" them over to passengers.
To make sure the it really stands out on camera, extravagant copper-colored trim pieces and aluminum switches are scattered around the cabin. Front seat passengers are separated by a wide center console, and rear passenger get their own full leather bucket seat.
The Genesis New York Concept is on show at the New York Auto Show, where Gizmag is on the ground covering all the action.