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    Spied and Previewed: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

    November 26th, 2013

    Drew Dowdell

    Managing Editor - CheersandGears.com

    It is a couple of days before the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. and most of the northern and eastern parts of the country are bracing for a major snow storm to hit. In spite of the pending holiday and the forecast of 4" of snow in Pittsburgh, it is still a work day for Hyundai engineers. A reader spotted this 2015 Hyundai Genesis stopping for a lunch break in downtown Pittsburgh on the same day Hyundai unveiled the details and pictures for the Korean marketplace.

    Based on the Hyundai HCD-14 Concept we saw in January at the 2013 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai is wasting no time bringing this to market.

    Hyundai Genesis Testing 1

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    While the Korean market Genesis offers a selection of 4 engines, buyers in the US will likely continue to choose between mildly revised versions of the familiar 3.8 litre V6 and the 5.0 litre V8. Both engines are mated to 8-speed automatic transmissions pushing power to the rear wheels or through a new all-wheel-drive system Hyundai has dubbed HTrac.

    As one expects with the redesign of a high end luxury sedan, the Korean market Genesis comes with a host of new safety features and technology including: higher use of high-strength steel, emergency steering support, blind spot detection, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert, haptic steering warning system, and parking assist. We can expect most, if not all of those features to make it to the U.S. market model.

    The American debut will likely be in January at the Detroit Auto Show. In the meantime Hyundai Engineers, have a Happy Thanksgiving playing in the snow!

    Hyundai's press release for the Korean market Genesis can be viewed here.

    Hat Tip to Eric

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    If this stays pretty close to the same price as the current generation, I'm actually impressed. Looks like a big improvement in looks inside and out. Not stunning, still a lot of borrowed styling cues but overall pretty handsome.

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    Some derivative details--the rear reminds me of various Hyundais, the greenhouse resembles the Avalon, the front is Audi-ish...pleasant and clean overall, though.

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    I don't like the front end, they took some Audi, some BMW and Infiniti Q50 and mashed them up again. It looks a bit like a Kia also. The inside looks great, but I am just not digging the exterior. What I don't get is how the Elantra and Sonata are I think among the best looking cars in their class, and Hyundai has some good styling cues on other cars, then the Genesis doesn't use them. If they are going to use that massive grille, they should put some mean looking headlights on it.

    At least they still have V8 and RWD, when most have given up on that. Optional all wheel drive will be a big plus in the snow belt states, but I don't think you really need it. I drove my rear wheel drive car with summer only tires in the snow this morning, which was a big struggle, but I have snow tires on it now and it is fine. AWD = over rated.

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    They could at least make it unique, I am a Genesis fan but the one complaint from many was always the derivative styling. And I don't think they fixed that.

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