Hyundai has revealed its costliest luxury sedan Genesis in India with many changes, new platform and suspension. The Genesis is based on the platform of the Sonata Fluidic and the company certainly wants to make its high end cars sportier, in terms of handling. Genesis gets suspension tuning for the same purpose.
The Genesis will be available in two engine variants. The bigger engine is a 5 liter V8 petrol that produces 420 Bhp and 520 Nm and the other engine is a 3.8 liter V6 that produces 311 Bhp of power and 397 Nm of torque. Both the engines get an 8 speed automatic gearboxes and paddle shifters. The Genesis is a rear wheel drive car and is also available with an all-wheel drive system (only in the US market).
The Genesis gets an advanced high-strength steel chassis that provides overall stiffness and improved rigidity to the luxury car. The wheels have been pushed closer to the front and rear of the vehicle for ensuring smoother ride.
The interiors get wood and aluminum trim and the heated front seats come as standard. Overall interior features include ultra-premium leather, matte finish wood trim, ventilated seats, power rear and side window sunshades. The luxury car gets a 17-speaker state-of-the-art system for best audio quality. The Integrated memory system adjusts the driver seat, steering wheel, mirrors and heads up display automatically.
With the rear wheel drive, the Genesis seems to be interested in competing with the Mercedes Benz E Class and the Audi A6. For this reason, Genesis is a separate brand from Hyundai. What Audi is to Volkswagen, Genesis is to Hyundai. While Audi belongs to Volkswagen, the parts used in Audi cars are of high end quality. Similarly, the materials used in Genesis are of higher quality than other cars from Hyundai.
Genesis was showcased at the Autocar Performance Show held in India. Perhaps, Hyundai wanted to witness the acceptance of the Genesis among Indian car lovers. If Genesis is launched in India, it would be priced lesser than its competitors from Germany (Audi A6 and Mercedes Benz E Class).
Based on the response from the India market, Hyundai might chart out a plan to launch the Genesis for its Indian customers.