All-New 2015 Hyundai Genesis Debuts at North American International Auto Show with Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 Design and HTRAC® AWD Capability

New, Ultra-rigid Rear-drive Platform Adds More Precise Vehicle Dynamics, Superior Passenger Safety and Multi-mode AWD Availability

Automatic Emergency Braking, Head’s-up Display, Blind-Spot Detection, Cabin CO2 Sensor and Lane-Keep Assist Added to Suite of Active Safety Features

Second-generation Blue Link® Telematics and Infotainment Suite to Debut

2015 Hyundai Genesis Rear 34

Today Hyundai introduced its all-new 2015 Genesis at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marking the highly-anticipated launch of its second-generation premium sedan. The groundbreaking original Genesis model won the prestigious North American Car of the Year accolade at its introduction in 2009.

The 2015 Genesis represents a bold step forward for Hyundai, continuing to build upon its successful strategy of marketing its premium models under the Hyundai brand umbrella, rather than a costly separate luxury brand sales channel. The new Genesis is incredibly well-equipped in every configuration, offering even more content than the first-generation Genesis. This additional content includes a generous suite of standard safety and convenience features, unsurpassed in its class. For the first time in a Hyundai sedan, a sophisticated AWD system will be offered, known as HTRAC®, significantly broadening Genesis appeal in Snowbelt regions throughout the U.S. The new Genesis will be built at Hyundai’s Ulsan, Korea plant, with U.S. sales beginning in the spring.

Hyundai is proud to bring our next-generation Genesis sedan to eager U.S. consumers in just a few short months,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Market expectations for the new Genesis are understandably high, and we’re confident the Genesis’ combination of superb dynamics, bold design, class-leading safety and driver-focused technologies will exceed those expectations by a large margin.”

FLUIDIC SCULPTURE 2.0

Since its 2009 debut on the Sonata sedan, Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy has been continually enhanced and refined, progressively influencing every model in the Hyundai line-up. The all-new Genesis will be the first Hyundai to embody Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the second-generation of this convention-shattering design theme.

Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 encapsulates a trio of main design elements: fluid aesthetics, the modern Hyundai look, and a premium ambience. Fluidic forms are still present but with a more refined and precise presentation. This latest design philosophy is adaptable to a wider range of vehicle types and sizes, from CUVs to premium-luxury flagships. The all-new Sonata sedan, to debut later this year, will also clearly manifest the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis expresses a truly modern design through distinctive exterior styling with a sleek, upscale appearance. Evoking a premium feel, the design cues display a new Hyundai family aesthetic: simple and harmonious design with refined fluidic elements. The design features the modern Hyundai look, with a striking hexagonal front grille as a key geometric element, a dynamic crease accent running along the flanks of the car, and a dynamic rear design. Design surfaces convey a kinetic elegance, relying more on voluminous body sections than surface details to create dramatic forms. Proportions demonstrate a long dash-to-axle length, longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs than its predecessor. These proportions clearly convey the performance rear-drive configuration beneath the sheetmetal.

 

The single-frame 3D-hexagonal grille ensures the front end of the all-new Genesis is not only striking, depicted in semi-gloss chrome, but also encompasses available HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps. In profile, the Genesis daylight opening is more expressive, with fluid lines and blended surfaces, a sleek C-pillar helping to emphasize the sporty styling. The rear of the all-new Genesis benefits from a sculptural aesthetic with jeweled, full-LED taillamps.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Front 34

INTERIOR DESIGN

The cabin layout of all-new Genesis has been designed to benefit all occupants with a spacious, comfortable ambience. The simplification of the switchgear and instrument panel ensures an intuitive layout and open feel. This user-centric design has sought to connect the various interior parts effectively, particularly the center stack with the console, upper-instrument panel and B-pillar with the headliner. Genesis displays ultra-precise fit and finish, with ergonomic seat design and a generous, natural feel. Particular design attention has been paid to the storage of practical items such as mobile electronics of all shapes and sizes, along with the flexibility of the cup holders.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Interior Dash

Total interior volume is an impressive 123.0 cubic feet, an advantage over key competitors. As part of this spacious interior design, the Genesis provides best-in-class front headroom and rear shoulder room.

Hyundai Genesis Cadillac CTS Lexus GS Infiniti M BMW 5-Series M-B E-Class
Total Interior Volume (cu. ft.) 123 110.7 113.3 118.5 116.0 113.1

Hyundai interior design principles — safety, intuitiveness and simplicity — guided the Genesis design team in redesigning all primary controls to deliver maximum ease of use. The steering wheel design and grip has been improved and onboard switchgear was redesigned; a number of switches previously found on the center console of the original Genesis were relocated and reshaped on the Genesis. Further ergonomic improvements to ensure ease of reach and control have been meticulously evaluated and executed using a specially-designed laboratory tool created to measure occupant operational force for ergonomics.

A new design pattern has been introduced to decrease relative interior reflections and brighten dashboard surfaces, while high-grade materials such as genuine aluminum and matte-finish wood are available. Cohesion between the center fascia and audio controls has been ensured through a streamlined design, making the two separate sections appear as one. To ensure a luxurious feel, Genesis was intensely scrutinized for its use of materials, with extensive analysis of the relationship of different materials, their texture and color coordination.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Dash Texture

Driver and passenger posture are optimized using enhanced seat pad density, improved seat support technologies, such as adjustable driver’s seat power bolsters and seat cushion extension. Genesis seats offer 12-way power front seats, including 4-way power lumbar, heated front seats with available ventilation, as well as available heated rear seats. Seat materials and stitching quality have been enhanced with the introduction of double, rather than single stitching. The redesigned driver’s seat incorporates new functionality, with an available new air-pressure pump and controller valve, providing seatback bolster adjustment through individual air-cells located in the seat. With a total operating time under 8-seconds, the Genesis benefits from both a faster activation process and greater range of adjustment than many competitive rivals.

New interior-focused features for Genesis include available manual rear side sunshades for enhanced occupant comfort. Genesis passengers are also sure to appreciate the enhanced perspective of their surroundings via the new available panoramic sunroof.

NEW ULTRA-RIGID PLATFORM WITH AVAILABLE AWD

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis receives a redesigned platform to accommodate its new available HTRAC® AWD system, using no shared components with its previous generation. The platform employs even more advanced high-strength steel, now over 50 percent of total platform composition. The benefits of strategic use of high-strength steel are immediately evident in 16 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 40 percent stiffer bending rigidity compared with the highly-acclaimed first-generation architecture. As a result, the new Genesis is stiffer in both torsional and bending rigidity than the BMW 5-series.

Body and mounting point stiffness are also improved on the Genesis. Ensuring a smooth ride over rough roads was a top development focus, achieved by a more robust connecting structure, extensive laser welding, reinforced body and chassis mounting points, new hot stamping and dipping techniques for the B-pillar and roof sides, and an increased amount of high-strength steel in the chassis. Front shock towers are made of aluminum, and a diamond-shaped strut bar maximizes front structure rigidity for precise steering response. Front seat frames were also strengthened for greater rigidity.

PERFORMANCE CHASSIS

Fully leveraging this new, stiffer chassis is an all-new rear multi-link suspension, with newly optimized 5-link geometry and increased suspension travel for a broader envelope of both dynamic performance and ride comfort. Lateral suspension stiffness and overall ride comfort refinement were top priorities in its dynamic development. The fully-independent, 5-link front and rear suspension designs have increased stiffness compared with the original Genesis, with increased front and rear suspension travel, for greater wheel articulation and bump absorption over a variety of road surfaces. The reduction in camber angles when turning at speed results in improved steering feel, 23 percent less tire tilt, and increased lateral grip. New 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels are stronger and resist deflection forces for more precise suspension response to changing road surfaces.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Performance Chassis

A Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension, available on the Genesis 5.0, helps increase control of body motions and body roll, allowing sportier roadholding to be complemented with a more comfortable ride character. Independent roll control characteristics are achieved using separate tuning controls: Normal mode helps provide superior ride comfort, while Sport mode helps increase damping forces for enhanced dynamic precision and control. Handling and roadholding also benefit from a well-balanced 52/48 ratio of front-to-rear weight distribution.

In addition, special focus was given to the development of Rack-mounted Motor Driven Electric Power Steering (R-MDPS), with a Variable Gear Ratio (VGR), helping to provide high-speed stability and more direct feel at low and medium speeds. These driving qualities are attained while retaining the incremental fuel economy benefits of an electric system over the higher parasitic losses of hydraulic systems.

NEW HTRAC® AWD AVAILABILITY
The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is offered with a choice of rear-wheel-drive or new HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) configurations. The new HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The system is very lightweight at 165 lbs.

The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal and Eco modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty rear-drive dynamic feel when desired. Further, to maximize efficiency, the system can direct more available torque to the rear wheels during steady-state highway cruising for reduced drivetrain frictional losses and noise. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill-starts. All modes are programmed in concert with Genesis’ Intelligent Drive Mode select.

DYNAMIC CHASSIS DEVELOPMENT AND TESTING

In addition to extensive on-the-road and laboratory testing, circuit-based testing of the Genesis took place in Germany, Korea and Hyundai’s California Proving Ground in the U.S. High g-force assessment of the new HTRAC AWD system was completed at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, the venue for one round of the Formula One World Championship. Durability and high-performance handling driving tests took place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany to precisely calibrate Genesis ride, braking and handling characteristics. Furthermore, Hyundai engineers collaborated with top dynamics experts such as Lotus Engineering to further validate the performance capability of the Genesis.

MOST POWERFUL HYUNDAI V8 ENGINE

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 is the award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to Ward’s prestigious Ten Best Engines list three times. With high-pressure direct injection for impressive power, low emissions and superb efficiency, this latest version of the Tau V8 benefits from an optimized intake runner length, enhanced timing chain for reduced friction and NVH, low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping. These enhancements combine to produce a flatter torque curve at lower rpm for even better driveability.

Genesis 5.0
5.0L V8
Mercedes E550
4.6L V8 Biturbo
Cadillac CTS
3.6L V6 Twin Turbo
Infiniti M56
5.6L V8
Audi A6 3.0T
3.0L V6 SC
Horsepower (SAE) 420@6000 402@5000 420@5750 420@6000 310@5500

2015 Hyundai Genesis V8 Engine

5.0-liter Direct Injection Tau V8 engine

The Tau’s high 11.8:1 compression ratio increases thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also has a rigid bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness), as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction coatings on piston skirts. This Tau engine will also run on regular fuel with only a small reduction in peak power, and no negative driving effects, whenever desired.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission offers enhanced shift logic and speed, better acceleration, sport-mode mapping, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency. All eight-speed transmissions include SHIFTRONIC7reg; manual shift capability with conveniently-located steering wheel paddle shifters to enhance shifting ease during spirited driving.

2015 Hyundai Genesis 8 Speed Automatic Transmission

Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission

DIRECT-INJECTED LAMBDA 3.8-LITER ENGINE

The Genesis 3.8-liter direct-injected Lambda engine has also been further optimized to deliver a flatter overall torque curve at low rpm for enhanced driveability. Thoroughly improved for the new Genesis, this engine includes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular-pattern fuel injector for improved combustion, an air-gap exhaust manifold for better NVH, and an upgraded cylinder block with a variable-vane 2-stage oil pump for reduced parasitic losses. In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine utilizes direct-injection and produces 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. It also has a high compression ratio of 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. The Lambda engine will run on regular fuel with only a small reduction in peak power, and no negative driving effects, whenever desired by the owner.

Genesis 3.8
3.8L V6
Lexus GS
3.5L V6
Mercedes E350
3.5L V6
Cadillac CTS
2.0 I4 Turbo
Audi A6 2.0T
2.0L Turbo
BMW 535i
3.0L I6 Turbo
Horsepower (SAE) 311@6000 306@6400 302@6500 272@5500 220@4450 300@5800

The 3.8-liter engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), variable induction, an all-aluminum block and heads, steel timing chain and iridium-tipped spark plugs. Besides horsepower and torque gains, direct-injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions.

All 3.8-liter engines are coupled to the same eight-speed automatic transmission design as the Genesis 5.0. This Hyundai-developed transmission offers enhanced shift logic and speed, better acceleration, sport-mode mapping, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency. All eight-speed transmissions include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability with ergonomically-placed paddle shifters for spirited driving with manual shifting.

SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Genesis offers abundant standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, and anti-whiplash front head restraints. Genesis’ nine airbags include advanced dual front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front and outboard rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Although government crash testing for the new Genesis is not yet complete, the entire structure was engineered to meet the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + standard.

Daytime running lights come standard on Genesis. Further, Genesis offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Whenever the system is activated, the haptic steering wheel will provide a vibration warning and dial-integrated warning light to alert drivers of their lane departure, allowing them to reposition the car smoothly into the correct position.

Even Genesis’ tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) has been enhanced with individual tire pressure readouts available to the driver.

Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Genesis 3.8 models have large 13.6-inch front rotors, while the 5.0 has even larger 14.2-inch front rotors. Both braking systems use four-piston fixed monobloc calipers for precise braking responsiveness.

SENSORY SURROUND SAFETYTM TECHNOLOGIES

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis employs a suite of active driver safety technologies dubbed Sensory Surround Safety™. These features cover the full spectrum of safety, from driver alertness and focus to total occupant safety, and even the safety of other drivers around you.

Genesis offers a Hyundai first, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), utilizing sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. With this system, Genesis will employ automatic braking whenever it detects another vehicle at an unsafe closing rate of speed. This system uses the Smart Cruise Control system and the forward camera from the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) to provide this extra margin of safety.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Functional Range
Speed Brake Application AEB Result
50 – 112 mph Partial Braking Collision Warning
5 – 50 mph Full Braking Collision Mitigation

Genesis’ Smart Cruise Control (SCC) incorporates stop-start functionality that functions seamlessly with the standard electronic stability control system. The new system for Genesis allows full function down to zero mph to operate seamlessly in stop-and-go traffic conditions, using the front-grille-mounted radar sensor. SCC enables the Genesis to help maintain safer, consistent spacing with the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions. The system can also help deploy an available Automatic Emergency Braking system should a stationary vehicle be detected ahead.

Genesis is generously equipped with new, advanced technologies, many of them Hyundai firsts. A new driver-selectable Intelligent Drive Mode allows drivers to select from four drive modes depending on conditions and driving preferences. Each drive mode alters transmission mapping, throttle responsiveness, stability control, and suspension damping settings, with specific modes adapted to function seamlessly with HTRAC AWD for those Genesis so equipped.

Intelligent Drive Mode Type of Driving
ECO Fuel Economy
NORMAL Balanced
SPORT Dynamic Focus
SNOW Low-traction conditions

In addition to the above modes, Genesis features an Emergency Steering Support Mode which automatically changes the setting of suspension and electronic stability control (ESC) in the direction suitable for emergency steering, to help avoid frontal crash situations.

Genesis also debuts a new Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD), which helps monitor traffic around the car. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to help warn the driver of an approaching vehicle in his or her blind spot via an indicator on the side mirrors. If the driver activates the lane change indicator and attempts to change the lane, ignoring warning indicators, BSD additionally issues an audible warning and haptic steering wheel vibrations. In addition, for Genesis’ equipped with the Head’s-Up Display, the BSD system indicators also project onto the windshield, nearer the driver’s view of the road, a segment first.

Lane Change Assist (LCA) performs a similar function to help detect vehicles approaching towards its rear side at high speeds, especially during higher-speed driving, while Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) scans areas to each side of the car when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. No other sedan in Genesis’ class offers the combination of Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) active safety systems.

From the front, the available Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) captures images of lanes and recognizes the lane marker. If LDWS detects lane departure, a warning signal is activated on the instrument panel while issuing a haptic steering wheel vibration warning. Working in concert with LDWS, Genesis’ Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) performs a similar function of LDWS, but LKAS additionally provides a driver-adjustable level of steering assist to help prevent inadvertent lane departure when a vehicle approaches the edge of a lane and also provides steering wheel haptic vibration feedback.

For convenience and safety, a High-beam Assist (HBA) function is also available. When switched to automatic mode, it detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically re-activates the high beams, maximizing the driver’s range of vision. To maximize driving visibility, Genesis offers HID headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling that compensates for varying vehicle loads.

To help ensure maximum driver alertness, Genesis also benefits from a world-first technology in its CO2sensor control system, located under the glove box. Hyundai engineers discovered that occupants start to get drowsy when CO2 levels reached more than 2,000 parts per million, so the new ventilation system helps ensure the cabin maintains a CO2 concentration well below that level at all times using freshly-ventilated ambient air. The system monitors the vehicle’s intake of fresh or re-circulated air using a dedicated CO2 sensor.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis also offers a parking assistance system with eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors, along with the rear backup camera, help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warning tone.

NVH REDUCTION

In pursuit of refined quietness within the Genesis cabin, Hyundai engineers analyzed idle noise and vibration, acceleration, road and wind noise, and audible booming throughout the bodyshell. Sound-absorbing materials and a low-noise fuel pump have been fitted, cowl bulkhead insulation and sealing improved, and vibrations minimized through an improvement in overall bodyshell rigidity. Additional insulation of the rear differential helps reduce booming and vibration, resulting in lower audible noise inside the Genesis passenger cabin.

Under acceleration, better sound quality has been achieved through mid-to high-frequency noise reduction, and dynamic engine sound improvements were achieved through intake and exhaust system tuning. Engine support brackets have been moved further apart for greater stiffness, while transmission and sub-frame mounts have been stiffened by up to 100 percent.

To improve NVH performance at cruising speeds (35-75 mph), Hyundai engineers increased the stiffness of parts associated with the sub-frames and suspension, lowering levels of cavity and rumble noise. To ensure Genesis recorded lower interior noise in crosswind conditions, doors were thickened, sunroof articulation reshaped, and changes were made to the sealing process for increased durability and performance. In addition, cowl bulkhead insulation and sealing has been improved, with the total weight of the sound insulation package used on the Genesis at only 84 lbs., yielding a remarkable NVH reduction-to-weight ratio.

DRIVER CONVENIENCE TECHNOLOGIES

Most Genesis competitors with hands-free trunk-opening technology use a leg-kick sensor under the rear bumper to enable the driver to open the trunk. Hyundai ergonomics engineers found this method to be difficult when an individual is carrying cumbersome packages, such as from shopping. So the Genesis Smart Trunk system was designed to open the trunk automatically if the smart key is detected in a pocket or purse within a few feet of the rear bumper for longer than three seconds, for maximum hands-free ease of opening when desired. This system allows the driver to keep both feet comfortably on the ground, simply waiting by the trunk a few seconds for it to open automatically. The Smart Trunk system also provides an audible warning and flashing light prior to opening.

Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available new Head’s-Up Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system utilizes a wide screen with adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning System and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately six feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.

Genesis also offers an electronic parking brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold for convenience when driving in traffic. Automatic Vehicle Hold automatically holds the Genesis at a stop until the accelerator pedal is depressed, such as at a traffic signal or in stopped traffic. The vehicle hold re-engages whenever the vehicle is brought to a complete stop. Genesis also includes proximity-key entry convenience with push-button start as standard equipment.

MEDIA AND NAVIGATION SYSTEMS

Genesis offers an ultra-premium, Lexicon® Discrete Logic 7 Surround audio system with 17 speakers, Logic 7 Surround Sound processing and 12-channel digital amplifier with 900-watts of equivalent output, sure to satisfy the most demanding audiophile. The system also includes SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio, and iPod/USB auxiliary media input jacks. The standard Lexicon system offers 14 speakers, with Discrete Logic 7 Surround processing and a 12-channel DSP amplifier with 900-watts of equivalent output.

An optional premium DIS navigation system for Genesis offers a 9.2-inch High Definition display, with 720p high definition (a segment first), a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for multimedia, and premium Lexicon audio system. This premium system also includes Gracenote® album art, junction view with lane guidance, advanced voice recognition, and music/image/video storage via USB download (approximately 30GB of usable storage).

The new standard audio-navigation system, displayed by an 8.0-inch touchscreen, is packed with integrated technology, from Bluetooth to navigation, satellite and HD radio, hands-free and app-supporting software.

Genesis cluster displays utilize high-resolution, electroluminescent TFT LCD technology, with a standard 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display, and an available 7.0-inch TFT LCD cluster display.

A simple pop-up message appears to help pair a phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screen displays speed limits, details the next three maneuvers, shows real highway signage and has junction views with lane guidance. Lane guidance outlines the lane or lanes the driver needs to stay in when a highway splits. Junction view uses street and actual road sign images to match what the driver will see when arriving at the next maneuver.

SECOND-GENERATION BLUE LINK® ENHANCEMENTS

2015 Genesis will be the first Hyundai to offer its second-generation Blue Link and infotainment features. The scope of these new features is broad and has something special to offer every driver, including:

  • Destination Search powered by Google — users will be able to take advantage of Google’s powerful destination search via the Blue Link button (voice recognition) and navigation display, or through myhyundai.com and the Blue Link mobile app sending a destination to their car
  • Remote Start– now includes an engine timer (from 1 to 10 min.), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster
  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and SOS Emergency Assistance –includes user-selected emergency contacts notification via SMS and e-mail

2015 Hyundai Genesis Bluelink

GENESIS INTELLIGENT ASSISTANT® APP

The Genesis Intelligent Assistant® is a proactive app for automobiles intended to save the driver time and provide an even higher level of convenience. The app combines Blue Link features, data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone, and the internet with multiple layers of intelligence. This allows the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app to send proactive notifications and recommendations to the Genesis owner in preparation for their drive.

Genesis owners will no longer need to remember to remote start their car on a hot or cold day. The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app will remind them via their smartphone.

2015 Hyundai Genesis Intelligent Assistant App

Genesis Intelligent Assistant Functionality:

  • By providing the app their commuting details and access to their smartphone’s calendar, owners can have the app automatically estimate appropriate departure times and send reminders for any upcoming appointments that require a drive
    • Departure reminder messages are determined by up-to-the-minute commute times from the user’s current location to the destination, accounting for traffic
    • Temperature outside the vehicle is determined via zip code prior to the estimated departure time. If the temperature is above or below the default level, the user will receive a notification, asking if they would like to remote start their vehicle for heating or cooling.
    • Recommendations for gas stations are provided, allowing the user to select a station and send the location to the vehicle’s navigation system.
    • Vehicle health status will also be communicated through the user’s smartphone when an action is required. These notifications allow the customer to schedule service for their Genesis directly from the app.
    • Many additional Blue Link features are included within the app, making it a single, integrated solution for all of the driver’s vehicle needs
    • The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app is a framework for the future with additional proactive functionality progressively available to provide the customer with the ultimate luxuries of time and convenience

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK GOOGLE GLASS® APP

Genesis demonstrates the Google Glass app as part of how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle. The app currently contains the core Blue Link functions as building blocks for future activities. Partnering with Station Digital Media and Covisint, Hyundai plans to expand the app features, building on the concept of “Time as the Ultimate Luxury” and leveraging the proactive functionality of the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app.

Released in limited numbers to early customers known as “Explorers,” Google Glass is a computerized, lightweight headset that can project text and images for the wearer to see on a special optical display. Google Glass Explorers can perform functions through voice commands, swipes or taps on a thin touchpad along the side of the frame.

Through the new app, Hyundai owners will be able to use Google Glass to access Blue Link’s vehicle safety, service and infotainment features. The Google Glass Blue Link app includes a host of popular functions at launch, including:

  • Remote vehicle start
  • Remote door lock/unlock
  • Remote Find My Car (search for your vehicle location to receive directions to it)
  • Point-of-Interest search sent to the Hyundai navigation system
  • Search for a gas station to send to your car
  • Call roadside assistance
  • Talk to a Blue Link agent
  • Locate nearby dealers

NEXT-GENERATION INFOTAINMENT SYSTEM

The Genesis next-generation infotainment system features:

  • Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
    • Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to perform a variety of in-car tasks without taking their eyes off the road.
    • SD Navigation
    • Pandora® integration with smartphone
    • SoundHound® integration with internal modem
    • SiriusXM® Audio — 6 presets (record, play, pause, back)
    • SiriusXM®Travel Link and Traffic
    • Sports scores and schedules
    • Stock ticker
    • Movie times
    • Fuel prices
    • Weather/alerts
    • Advanced voice recognition
    • Screen-swipe technology
    • Music, video, image storage

HYUNDAI ASSURANCE CONNECTED CARE POWERED BY BLUE LINK®

Hyundai’s telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard on all 2015 Genesis sedans equipped with Blue Link. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.

Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. This mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively.

Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. More details regarding Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.HyundaiBlueLink.com.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary with enrollment. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Offers New Ultimate Navigation System With Eight-Inch Screen and 64GB Drive

2013 Hyundai Genesis Side Exterior

Hyundai’s award-winning Genesis sedan continues its premium segment leadership for 2013 with simplified model offerings and a new ultimate navigation system with Blue Link® telematics. The 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine is now exclusively available in the fully-equipped 5.0 R-Spec model, the 4.6-liter V8 model is no longer available, and the 3.8-liter Lambda powertrain remains available with premium and technology packages, simplifying the Genesis line-up.

For 2013, the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models offer a new optional eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller. This new display features a more intuitive user interface, integrating the same rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. New “hot keys” also give individuals more immediate control over the operating system to reduce driving distractions. The system uses a large 64GB solid-state drive, which allows generous music, image and video storage or Bluetooth® music-streaming capability.

2013 Genesis Highlights

Genesis model and powertrain line-up simplified:

•5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine now exclusive to 5.0 R-Spec model

•Standard 5.0-liter model no longer available

•4.6-liter V8 no longer available

•3.8-liter V6 available in three equipment configurations

•New optional eight-inch display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller and Driver Information System (DIS)

•Hyundai Blue Link® telematics available with Ultimate Navigation package

A simple pop-up message now appears to help pair a phone and the voice-recognition software understands street addresses and cities, all in one sequential sentence. The route screen displays speed limits, details the next three navigation maneuvers, shows real highway signage and has junction views with lane guidance. Lane guidance outlines the lanes the driver needs to stay in when a highway splits. Junction view uses street and actual road signs images to match what the driver will see when arriving at the next maneuver. Integrated into the point of interest tool are Zagat® restaurant ratings, which help drivers to easily locate great places to eat. SiriusXM data services have also been enhanced, with Sports, Stocks and Weather information.

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK®

Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving and is now available on the 2013 Genesis, accompanied by a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice-text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone remote features and monthly vehicle reporting. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, over the internet, or via a smartphone. Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

Blue Link Assurance package:

•Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance

•SOS Emergency Assistance

•Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Blue Link Essentials package:

Convenience:

•Remote Door Lock/Unlock

•Remote Horn and Lights

•Panic Notification

•Remote Engine Start

•Alarm Notification

•Quick Tips

•Location Sharing

•Voice Text Messaging

Vehicle Diagnostics:

•Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code

•Maintenance Alert

•Recall Advisor

•Web Vehicle Diagnostics

•Service Link

Safeguard:

•Stolen Vehicle Recovery

•Stolen Vehicle Slowdown

•Vehicle Immobilization

•Valet Alert

•Geofence

•Speed Alert

•Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

•Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service

•POI Search by advanced voice recognition system

•POI Web Search and Download

•Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition

•Traffic Updates

•Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices

•Eco-Coach

•Restaurant Ratings

•Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

THE MOST POWERFUL HYUNDAI V8 ENGINE EVER

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines list three times.

Genesis 5.0 Competitive Set 5.0 R-Spec
5.0-liter V8
Infiniti M56
5.6-liter V8
Jaguar XF
5.0-liter V8
Normally-aspirated V8
Specific Output (HP/liter)
85.8 75.0 77.0

This engine features a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2200 psi) that dramatically increases power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The Tau’s high 11.5:1 compression ratio increases thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also has a rigid bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

2013 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Engine

5.0-liter Direct Injection Tau V8 engine

Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable-induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, EPA estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability.

2013 Hyundai Genesis 8 Speed Transmission

Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission

In keeping with Hyundai engineering philosophy, the R-Spec also includes more aggressive chassis tuning, matching its corresponding powertrain enhancements for optimal dynamic balance. For enhanced body roll control, rear stabilizer bars are hollow in design and diameter is a robust 19 mm. R-Spec will offer a unique sport design 19-inch alloy wheel with premium machined finish. The R-Spec steering calibration has been matched to this unique wheel combination for optimized performance and driving refinement expectations in this segment. To complete the performance package, front brake rotors are an oversized 13.6 inches for enhanced heat dissipation in sporty driving.

R-Spec will offer unique headlights with dark chrome inserts for a more distinctive front appearance. Further R-Spec designators can be found around the car’s interior and exterior. An R-Spec bade on the rear lip and black R-Spec embroidered floor mats remind the driver of the performance waiting for them when they get behind the wheel. Genesis R-Spec is only offered in four sport-oriented exterior colors: Black Noir, Titanium Gray, Platinum Metallic, and, new for 2013, White Satin Pearl, each with Black leather interior and an all-black leather steering wheel to further differentiate the 5.0 R-Spec from the 3.8 model.

DIRECT INJECTION LAMBDA 3.8-LITER ENGINE

In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine also has direct injection (GDI) technology and produces 333 horsepower and 291 lb. ft. of torque. It also has a high compression ratio of 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. This direct-injected Lambda V6 produces a higher specific output (87.6 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors.

Genesis 3.8-liter GDI Competitive Set GENESIS
3.8-liter DI V6
Lexus GS350
3.5-liter V6
M-B E350
3.5-liter V6
Normally-aspirated V6 Specific Output (hp/liter) 87.6 87.4 86.3

The 3.8-liter engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), variable induction, an all aluminum block and heads, steel timing chain and iridium-tipped spark plugs. Besides the generous horsepower and torque gains, direct injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions. Further, a variable vane oil pump fitted to precisely match oil pressure with engine lubrication requirements for increases efficiency at all engine speeds. As a result, 3.8-liter GDI EPA estimated fuel economy is 28 mpg on the highway.

2013 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Engine

3.8-liter Direct Injection Lambda V6 engine

All 3.8-liter engines are coupled to the same in-house eight-speed automatic transmission as the 5.0 R-Spec model. These all new transmissions perfectly compliment the new technology found in the new engines, delivering improved efficiency and performance across the Genesis range.

CHASSIS FOR 3.8 AND 5.0 R-SPEC MODELS

Hyundai engineers have precisely tuned the Genesis suspension to minimize the traditional compromises between handling precision and ride comfort.

EXTERIOR DESIGN
From the front view, Genesis has an aggressive front fascia with large intake openings and LED lighting accents. From the side view, one will notice the standard 17-inch alloy wheel and rocker panel design. In addition, the mirrors incorporate power-folding and puddle lamp functions, while the side window surround has a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, one will notice the dual asymmetrical exhaust tips cleanly integrated into the bumper fascia.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Exterior

SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Maintaining Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help both prevent accidents and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints. The active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.

Daytime running lights come standard on the 2013 Genesis. Further, Genesis offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), available on the 3.8 Technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models. Whenever the system is activated, a warning chime and dial-integrated warning light alert drivers of their lane departure, allowing them to reposition the car smoothly into the correct position.

Genesis’ total of eight airbags includes advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Genesis has a total of eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors, along with the rear backup camera, help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warning tone.

Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lockdisc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Genesis 3.8 models have large 13.0-inch front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers, while 5.0 R-Spec models have larger 13.6-inch front rotors.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty, and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance.

2013 Hyundai Genesis Specifications

3.8 5.0 R-Spec
Engine
Type DOHC 24-valve V6 with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) DOHC 32-valve V8 with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
Materials Aluminum block / aluminum cylinder heads Aluminum block / aluminum cylinder heads
Displacement 3.8 liters / 3,778 cc 5.0 liters / 5,038 cc
Horsepower 333 @ 6,400 rpm 429/421 @ 6,400 rpm (Premium/Regular fuel)
Torque 291 lb-ft @ 5,100 rpm 376/365 lb-ft @ 5,000 rpm (Premium/Regular fuel)
Bore and Stroke 96.0 mm x 87.0 mm 96.0 mm x 87.0 mm
Valves per cylinder 4 4
Compression Ratio 11.5:1 11.5:1
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Intake System Variable Intake System (VIS) Tuned Intake System (TIS)
Transmission
8-speed electronic automatic and SHIFTRONIC™ manual shift mode
Gear Ratios 3.8L V6 5.0L V8
Drive Configuration RWD RWD
First 3.665:1 3.795:1
Second 2.396:1 2.473:1
Third 1.610:1 1.613:1
Fourth 1.190:1 1.177:1
Fifth 1.000:1 1.000:1
Sixth 0.826:1 0.831:1
Seventh 0.643:1 0.652:1
Eighth 0.556:1 0.571:1
Reverse 2.273:1 2.467:1
Final drive 3.909:1 3.538:1
Suspension
Front Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 25-mm stabilizer bar Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 25-mm stabilizer bar
Rear Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 18-mm stabilizer bar Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar
Steering
Type Engine-rpm-sensing, power-assisted rack and pinion Electro-hydraulic power steering
Overall Ratio 15.7:1 15.7:1
Turns, lock to lock 2.98 2.98
Turning circle (curb to curb) 36.0 ft. 36.0 ft.
Brakes/ Tires/ Wheels
Front Power-assisted 13.0-in diameter ventilated disc, four piston Power-assisted 13.6-in diameter ventilated disc, four piston
Rear Power-assisted 12.4-in diameter solid disc Power-assisted 12.4-in diameter solid disc
ABS Four-wheel, four-channel, and four-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD) Four-wheel, four-channel, and four-sensor with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
Tires P225/55R17 (optional: P235/50R18) P235/45R19
Wheels 17 x 7.0J 10-spoke Aluminum Alloy (optional: 18 x 7.5J 14-spoke Hyper Silver Aluminum Alloy) 19 x 8.0J 10-spoke Premium Machined finish Aluminum Alloy
Exterior Dimensions
Coefficient of Drag 0.27 0.27
Wheelbase 115.6 in. 115.6 in.
Overall length 196.3 in. 196.3 in.
Overall width 74.4 in. 74.4 in.
Overall height 58.1 in. / 58.3 in. 58.1 in. / 58.3 in.
Tread width (front / rear), 17-in. wheels 63.8 in. / 64.4 in. 63.8 in. / 64.4 in.
Tread width (front / rear), 18-in. wheels 63.1 in. / 63.8 in. 63.1 in. / 63.8 in.
Tread width (front / rear), 19-in. wheels 63.1 in. / 63.8 in. 63.1 in. / 63.8 in.
Interior Dimensions
Head room
Front 40.4 in. 40.4 in.
Rear 37.7 in. 37.7 in.
Leg room
Front 44.3 in. 44.3 in.
Rear 38.6 in. 38.6 in.
Shoulder room
Front 58.3 in. 58.3 in.
Rear 57.9 in. 57.9 in.
Hip room
Front 54.9 in. 54.9 in.
Rear 54.3 in. 54.3 in.
EPA passenger volume 109.4 cubic ft. 109.4 cubic ft.
EPA cargo volume 15.9 cubic ft. 15.9 cubic ft.
EPA total volume 125.3 cubic ft. 125.3 cubic ft.
Capacities
Fuel 19.3 gallons 20.3 gallons
Oil 6.3 quarts 7.2 quarts
Coolant (engine only) 5.2 quarts 7.5 quarts
Curb Weight
Curb Weight 3,824 – 3,971 lbs 4,046 – 4,154 lbs
Fuel Economy
City 18 mpg 16 mpg
Highway 28 mpg 25 mpg
Combined 22 mpg 18 mpg

2013 Hyundai Genesis Features

2013 Genesis Features
3.8
5.0 R-Spec
Functional Features
Body Construction:
High tensile steel unibody
STD
STD
Engine:
3.8-liter DOHC 24-valve V6 GDI
STD
-
5.0-liter DOHC 32-valve V8 GDI
-
STD
Steering:
Rack and pinion, power-assisted, engine-RPM-sensing
STD
-
Electro-hydraulic power steering
-
STD
Suspension:
Front: Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 25-mm stabilizer bar
STD
STD
Rear: Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 18-mm stabilizer bar
STD
-
Rear: Independent 5-link design with SACHS ASD gas shock absorbers, coil springs and 19-mm hollow stabilizer bar
-
STD
Transmission/Drive System:
8-speed electronic automatic and SHIFTRONIC™ manual shift mode
STD
STD
Rear wheel drive
STD
STD
Exterior Features
Headlights, jeweled projected style
STD
STD
HID Xenon headlights with auto-leveling and Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFLS)
OPT
STD
Headlight LED accents
STD
STD
Center High Mount Stop Lamp (CHMSL) LED type
STD
STD
Automatic light control
STD
STD
Front fog lights
STD
STD
Side turn signal indicators, mirror case mounted
STD
STD
Manual-folding outside mirror with turn signal indicators, bodycolor and dual power, puddle lamps
STD
-
Power-folding outside mirror with turn signal indicators, bodycolor and dual power, puddle lamps with memory (I.M.S.)
OPT
STD
Side mirrors, heated with timer
STD
STD
Bumpers, bodycolor with chrome-insert molding
STD
STD
Grille, chrome accent
STD
STD
Satin window belt molding
STD
STD
Bodycolor rocker panel sill
STD
STD
Door handles, chrome-insert
STD
STD
Bodyside moldings, bodycolor
STD
-
Bodyside moldings, chrome
-
STD
Solar control glass
STD
STD
Acoustic laminated glass, noise reduction (windshield; front windows)
STD
STD
2-speed with variable intermittent, speed sensitive front wipers
STD
STD
Rain-sensing windshield wipers
OPT
STD
Auto windshield defogger with humidity sensor
OPT
STD
Wheels & Tires
P225/55R17 tires
STD
-
P235/50R18 tires
OPT
-
P235/45R19 tires
-
STD
17-inch 10-spoke aluminum alloy
STD
-
18-inch 14-spoke Hyper Silver aluminum alloy
OPT
-
19-inch 10-spoke Premium Machined finish aluminum alloy
-
STD
Compact spare tire
STD
STD
Interior Features
Dual fully automatic climate control
STD
STD
Heater ducts, front and rear seat
STD
STD
Rear window defroster, electronic with timer
STD
STD
Roof trim, cloth
STD
STD
Woodgrain interior accents, center console, dash and doors
STD
STD
Tailored leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts
OPT
STD
Metalgrain interior accents, center stack / TGS surround
STD
STD
Real aluminum TGS surround
OPT
STD
Door handles, chrome
STD
STD
Door pulls, leather
STD
STD
Door armrest, integrated
STD
STD
Door map pockets with tilt-out feature
STD
STD
Sunvisors with illuminated driver and passenger vanity mirror and visor extension
STD
STD
Shift knob, leather-wrapped with woodgrain-insert
STD
STD
Floor covering, premium cut-pile carpeting
STD
STD
Rear parcel trunk shelf
STD
STD
Leather-wrapped steering wheel
STD
STD
Manual tilt steering wheel
STD
-
Power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel with memory (I.M.S.)
OPT
STD
Audio controls (volume up/down, mode, seek up/down)
STD
STD
Bluetooth controls
STD
STD
Voice command button
STD
STD
Interior Illumination
Central dome light with delay
STD
STD
Front map lights
STD
STD
Rear-reading lights (center-mounted)
STD
STD
Glove compartment light, cargo area light and ashtray light
STD
STD
Illuminated ignition key cylinder surround
STD
STD
I/P switch illumination (hazard)
STD
STD
Illuminated window switches
STD
STD
Convenience Features
Electric push button engine start
STD
STD
Cruise control
STD
STD
Smart cruise control
OPT
STD
Electronic parking brake with automatic vehicle hold
OPT
STD
Power rear sunshade
OPT
STD
Integrated memory system (I.M.S.), power driver’s seat, outside mirrors, steering column
OPT
STD
Trip computer (average fuel economy and speed, range to empty, trip timer and trip distance)
STD
STD
Power windows with front auto-up/down with pinch protection
STD
STD
Power door locks, auto-locking availability
STD
STD
Proximity entry system with alarm and trunk release
STD
STD
Remote fuel door, hood and trunk release
STD
STD
Front center console, fixed armrest storage box (dual tier)
STD
STD
Dual cupholders, front center console-mounted
STD
STD
12-volt outlets (2)
STD
STD
Assist grips (4)
STD
STD
Rear coat hangers (2)
STD
STD
Inside rearview mirror, electrochromic auto-dimming with compass
STD
STD
Power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof
OPT
STD
Seats
Leather seating surfaces
STD
-
Ultra-premium leather seating surfaces
OPT
STD
8-way power driver’s seat with power lumbar support
STD
STD
8-way power driver’s seat with memory (I.M.S.)
OPT
STD
4-way power passenger seat
STD
STD
Heated front seats
STD
STD
Cooled driver seat
OPT
STD
Multi-adjustable bucket
STD
STD
Electronic active front head restraints
STD
STD
Heated rear seats
OPT
STD
Rear seat, ski pass-through opening
STD
STD
Rear head restraints (adjustable) – 3 locations
STD
STD
Rear center armrest with dual cupholders and cover
STD
STD
Safety/Security Features
Power assisted front ventilated disc/rear solid disc brakes
STD
STD
4-channel, 4-sensor Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD)
STD
STD
Electronic Stability Control (ESC)
STD
STD
Traction Control System (TCS)
STD
STD
Brake Assist
STD
STD
Advanced front airbags (2)
STD
STD
Occupant Classification System (OCS)
STD
STD
Driver and front passenger side-impact airbags (2)
STD
STD
Rear outboard, side-impact airbags (2)
STD
STD
Side curtain airbags, roof-mounted (front and rear passengers) (2)
STD
STD
Front 3-point outboard seatbelts with adjustable shoulder belt anchors
STD
STD
Rear 3-point inboard seatbelts
STD
STD
Front seatbelt pretensioners and force limiters
STD
STD
Lower Anchors and Upper Tether Anchors (LATCH)
STD
STD
Power window lock-out button and pinch protection
STD
STD
Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
OPT
STD
Energy-absorbing steering column
STD
STD
Front and rear crumple zones
STD
STD
Hood buckling creases and safety stops
STD
STD
Bodyside reinforcements
STD
STD
Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS)
STD
STD
Shift interlock system
STD
STD
Tamper-proof door lock key cylinder
STD
STD
Steering wheel locks when key is removed
STD
STD
Anti-theft engine immobilizer
STD
STD
Anti-theft system integrated with remote keyless entry and panic alert
STD
STD
Instrumentation
Meters/Gauges: Speedometer, tachometer, coolant temperature, fuel level, odometer, trip odometer, I/P gauge and electroluminescent display (supervision)
STD
STD
Indicators: PRND (automatic only), cruise control, turn signal/hazard, high beam, ESC/TCS and TPMS
STD
STD
Warning lights: Oil pressure, charge, door ajar, airbag, seatbelt, low fuel, trunk lid open, brake, check engine and ABS
STD
STD
Warning chimes: Key-in-holder with door ajar and seatbelt
STD
STD
Adjustable illumination level
STD
STD
LCD multi-info display
STD
-
Color TFT LCD multi-info display
OPT
STD
Audio System
AM/FM/CD/SiriusXM/MP3 audio system with 7 speakers
STD
-
AM/FM/SiriusXM/CD/MP3 audio system with 14 premium Lexicon7reg; speakers and Lexicon® 11-channel digital external amplifier
OPT
-
AM/FM/SiriusXM/in-dash 6-DVD changer/MP3 Lexicon® 7.1 Discrete Logic surround sound system with 17 speakers, Lexicon® 11-channel digital external amplifier and HD Radio technology
OPT
STD
Speed-sensing volume control with Lexicon® systems
OPT
STD
iPod®/USB and auxiliary input jacks
STD
STD
Navigation System
7″ Touch-screen navigation system with DVD player and NavTraffic with 90 day trial
OPT
-
8″ Navigation with driver information system, in-dash 6-disc DVD player and NavTraffic with 90 day trial
OPT
STD
Optional Features
Premium Package includes 18-in. hyper silver alloy wheels with 235/50R18 V-Let Michelin tires, power tilt-and-slide glass sunroof, tailored leather-wrapped dash and door trim inserts, integrated memory system, power tilt and telescopic steering column, power rear sunshade, Lexicon® 14-speaker surround sound audio, DVD Navigation system with 7-inch touchscreen display, rearview camera, power-folding outside mirrors, rain-sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield and NavTraffic with 90-day trial
OPT
STD
Technology Package (requires Premium Package) includes Hyundai Blue Link® telematics, 17-speaker 7.1 Lexicon® discrete audio system with HD Radio®, single disc in-dash DVD changer, ultimate navigation system with 8-inch display, Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), TFT LCD cluster display, Driver Information System (DIS) with multimedia controller, HID and adaptive (auto-cornering) headlights, front and rear parking assistance sensors, Bluetooth hands-free phone system with integrated display, smart cruise control, electric parking brake with auto hold, heated rear seats with console control, ultra-premium leather seating surfaces and cooled driver seat
OPT
STD

2012 Hyundai Genesis Offers its Most Powerful V8 Powertrain With Further Design and Chassis Refinement

New 5.0-liter V8 R-Spec Model, Enhanced Direct Injection V6 Engine and New Eight-speed Transmissions Significantly Improve Driving Dynamics and Refinement

2012 Hyundai Genesis Exterior

Hyundai’s award-winning Genesis sedan continues its segment leadership with exterior design improvements, new direct injection technology for its Lambda V6 engine, new eight-speed automatic transmissions, and enhanced chassis tuning. In addition, a new 5.0-liter direct injection V8 engine is now available exclusively with the 5.0 R-Spec model, which includes unique 19-inch machined-finish alloy wheels, optional Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 summer performance tires and sport-tuned transmission, suspension and steering calibrations for exhilarating vehicle dynamics.

2012 Genesis Highlights

* New 5.0-liter R-Spec Direct Injection V8 performance flagship model added

- Most powerful Hyundai engine ever with 429 horsepower

- Unique 19-inch alloy wheel design with premium machined finish

- Dark chrome headlamp inserts

- Unique R-Spec sport transmission, suspension and steering calibrations

* Direct injection technology added to Lambda 3.8-liter V6 engine for 15 percent improved output (333 HP), improved fuel economy and emissions

* In-house-developed eight-speed automatic transmissions for all engines

* More aggressive grille and front fascia design

* New headlight design with LED accents and daytime running lights

* Sportier rocker panel design

* Folding mirrors with integrated puddle lamps

* New, brushed aluminum finish window surround

* Redesigned rear taillights

* Redesigned rear fascia with integrated dual asymmetrical exhaust tips

* New 17-inch alloy wheel design (3.8 model)

* New interior woodgrain colors for Black, Beige and Saddle leather interiors

* New Twilight Blue Pearl exterior color (replaces Sapphire Blue Pearl)

NEW 5.0 R-SPEC: MOST POWERFUL HYUNDAI V8 ENGINE EVER

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is a new Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This new Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. For 2011, the Tau V8 engine family has again been named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines for the third consecutive time.

Genesis 5.0 Competitive Set 5.0 R-Spec
5.0-liter V8
Lexus GS460
4.6-liter V8
Infiniti M56
5.6-liter V8
M-B E550
5.5-liter V8
Normally-aspirated V8
Specific Output (HP/liter)
85.8 74.3 75.0 69.5

The 5.0-liter cylinder bore was increased from 92 mm to 96 mm over the 4.6-liter bore for a total displacement of 5.0 liters (5,038cc). In addition to the enlarged displacement, direct injection technology has been added. This high-pressure direct injection system (over 2200 psi), dramatically increases power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. Compression ratio has been increased from 10.4 to 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also receives a revised bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

2012 Hyundai Genesis 5.0 Engine

Even more, this new V8 still offers all of the premium engine technology from the 4.6-liter V8, including Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, fuel economy is estimated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, nearly matching the 4.6-liter V8 (17 mpg city/26 mpg highway). As an additional point of interest, this same 5.0-liter Tau V8 with eight-speed transmission will replace the current 4.6-liter V8 as the standard powertrain in the 2012 Hyundai Equus premium luxury sedan, on sale this summer.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is coupled with a new in-house eight-speed transmission. This new Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability. This new eight-speed transmission is the first offered by a non-luxury branded manufacturer.

2012 Hyundai Genesis 8 Speed Transmission

In keeping with Hyundai engineering philosophy, the R-Spec also will include more aggressive chassis tuning, matching its corresponding powertrain enhancements for optimal dynamic balance. For enhanced body roll control, front stabilizer bar diameter has been increased from 25 mm to 26 mm, and rear diameter from 18 mm to 19 mm over the 4.6 model. R-Spec will offer a unique sport design 19-inch alloy wheel with premium machined finish and optional Michelin Pilot Sport PS2 summer performance tires. The R-Spec steering calibration has been matched to this unique wheel and tire combination for optimized performance and driving refinement expectations in this segment. To complete the performance package, front brake rotors have increased from 13.0 inches to 13.6 inches over the 2011 4.6 model.

In addition to the more aggressive styling cues for all 2012 Genesis models, R-Spec will offer unique headlights with dark chrome inserts for a more distinctive front appearance. An R-Spec trim designation badge has been added to the rear deck, and black R-Spec embroidered floor mats daily remind the driver of the performance that awaits behind the wheel. Genesis R-Spec only will be offered in three sport-oriented exterior colors: Black Noir, Titanium Gray, and Platinum Metallic, each with Black leather interior and an all-black leather steering wheel for a differentiated sport appearance from the 4.6 model.

DIRECT INJECTION LAMBDA 3.8-LITER ENGINE

In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine will receive direct injection (GDI) technology, boosting its output 15 percent from 290 to 333 horsepower, an impressive gain of 43 horsepower with no increase in displacement. In addition, peak torque rises from 264 lb.-ft. to 291 lb.-ft., a generous increase of 27 lb.-ft. from the same 3.8 liters. Compression ratio increases from 10.4:1 to 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. This new direct-injected Lambda V6 produces a higher specific output (87.6 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors.

Genesis 3.8-liter GDI Competitive Set GENESIS
3.8-liter GDI V6
Lexus GS350
3.5-liter V6
BMW 528i
3.0-liter V6
M-B E350
3.5-liter V6
Normally-aspirated V6 Specific Output
(hp/liter)
87.6 86.6 80.0 76.6

The 3.8-liter engine retains all of the premium technologies that have made it outstanding since the launch of Genesis: Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), variable induction, all aluminum block and heads, steel timing chain, and iridium-tipped spark plugs. Besides the generous horsepower and torque gains, direct injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions through a 40 percent reduction in catalyst light-off time. Further, a variable vane oil pump has been fitted to precisely match oil pressure with engine lubrication requirements for increased efficiency at all engine speeds. As a result, 3.8-liter GDI fuel economy increases over seven percent from 27 mpg to 29 mpg on the highway.

2011 Genesis 3.8-liter Engine vs. 2012 Genesis 3.8-liter Direct Injection with eight-speed automatic

Engine Horsepower Torque
(lb-ft)
Fuel Economy (mpg)
City Highway
Lambda 3.8-liter V6 Direct
Injection with eight-speed
automatic transmission
290 → 333 264 → 291 18 → TBD 27 → 29

2012 Hyundai Genesis 3.8 Engine

All 3.8-liter engines will be coupled to an in-house-developed eight-speed transmission with SHIFTRONIC and precisely calibrated gear ratios for an overall transmission efficiency gain of six percent. These two additional ratios serve to achieve competing objectives of acceleration and economy without compromise.

AWARD-WINNING TAU 4.6-LITER V8 ENGINE WITH EIGHT-SPEED AUTOMATIC

For 2012, Genesis’ award-winning Tau 4.6-liter V8 powerplant will now be coupled exclusively with an in-house-developed eight-speed automatic transmission with SHIFTRONIC, adding benefits in acceleration and efficiency. Internal engineering tests estimate this new eight-speed transmission to be six percent more efficient at transferring power than the former 6-speed automatic, increasing highway fuel economy from 25 mpg to 26 mpg.

This same 4.6-liter Tau V8 engine was already significantly improved for 2010 with induction and tuning enhancements increasing peak output from 375 to 385 horsepower. A variable intake system, iridium-tipped spark plugs, anti-knock control, and multi-port injection further add to the sophistication of this engine.

2011 4.6-liter Tau V8 vs. 2012 4.6-liter Tau V8 with eight-speed automatic transmission

Engine Fuel Economy (mpg)
City Highway
Tau 4.6-liter V8 with
eight-speed automatic transmission
17 → 17 25 → 26

CHASSIS REFINEMENT FOR 3.8 AND 4.6 MODELS

Always seeking to enhance the Genesis driving experience, Hyundai engineers have made further refinements to the 3.8 and 4.6 model suspension damping calibrations. These precise adjustments serve to minimize the traditional compromises between handling precision and ride comfort. In addition, body roll control for the 3.8 model is enhanced, with the rear stabilizer bar diameter increasing from 17 mm to 18 mm. Braking is also improved on both the 3.8 and 4.6 models; the 3.8 model front rotor size increases from 12.6 inches to 13.0 inches, while adding by higher performance 4-piston brake calipers, and the 4.6 model front brake rotors increase from 13.0 inches to 13.6 inches for greater fade resistance.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

Not content to rest on their laurels, Hyundai’s design team has sought to make a great Genesis exterior design even better for 2012. For the front view, the front grille has been enhanced, a more aggressive front fascia with larger intake openings was developed, and the headlights have been redesigned, adding LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs). From the side view, the standard 17-inch alloy wheel design has been freshened and the rocker panels have been refined. In addition, the mirrors now incorporate power-folding and puddle lamp functions, while the side window surround now receives a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, the taillights have been redesigned and new dual asymmetrical exhaust tips are more cleanly integrated with a new bumper fascia.

2012 Hyundai Genesis Side Exterior

NEW SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Maintaining Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help both prevent accidents and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints. Active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.

Adding to this safety leadership for 2012, Genesis adds new daytime running lamps to all models. Further, Genesis offers a newly-developed Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), available on the 3.8 Technology package, 4.6 and 5.0 R-Spec models.

Genesis’ total of eight airbags includes advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Genesis has a total of eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors, along with the rear backup camera, help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warning tone.

Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Genesis 3.8 models now have large 13.0-inch front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers, while 4.6 and 5.0 models have oversized 13.6-inch front rotors.

NEW TECHNOLOGY AND FEATURES

Genesis 3.8 Standard Equipment

2012 Genesis also will increase its impressive list of standard equipment, adding headlight LED accents and daytime running lights (DRLs) and outside mirror puddle lamps.

Genesis 3.8 Premium Package

The 3.8 Premium Package will now offer newly-developed power-folding outside mirrors and heated rear seats with console controls. For 2012, the 3.8 Premium package will also include rearview camera, DVD navigation system with seven-inch touchscreen, XM NavTraffic, and 18-inch Hyper Silver split-spoke alloy wheels.

Genesis 3.8 Technology Package:

The 3.8 Technology package will continue to satisfy tech-savvy buyers, adding a newly-developed Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), and thin-film-transistor LCD gauge cluster readout.

HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Fountain Valley, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 800 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program which now includes the 5-year/60,000 mile fully transferable bumper-to-bumper warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000 mile powertrain warranty and 5-year complimentary Roadside Assistance in addition to the highly acclaimed vehicle return policy introduced in early 2009. For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com.

Arrival: 2009 Hyundai Genesis 4.6

Catapulting Into the Luxury Segment

Hyundai’s Genesis sedan is one of the most significant new cars launched in America this decade. It represents an ambitious reach toward Lexus and Mercedes-Benz territory, a car designed to catapult the fast-growing South Korean automaker into the luxury segment. Shockingly, the Genesis is also a car that puts GM, Ford, and Chrysler on notice: Detroit now hasn’t the money or resources to produce a rear-drive luxury sedan of its size and quality. Think about that.

We know the Genesis is good: Were it not for the astonishing Nissan GT-R, it probably would’ve won our 2009 Car of the Year. What cost the Genesis the title was detail stuff, like the overwrought grille, the limited rearward travel of the front seats, and a ride deemed too jittery for a luxury car. Nitpicking, but such is the nature of COTY. Still, we were impressed enough that we wanted one for a year.

Ticking the boxes didn’t take a lot of effort. We wanted the 4.6-liter V-8 model. Check. Titanium metallic paint with black leather. Check. Then we decided to go whole hog and order the $4000 Technology Package, which adds a 528-watt Lexicon sound system, backup camera, navigation, HID headlamps, parking assist, a cooled driver’s seat, and Bluetooth to the Genesis’s already impressive list of standard features. Check. And why not? Our extravagance brought the sticker to just $42,000, more than $12,000 less than a Lexus GS 460, which is smaller all around, offers fewer horses, and has less rear-seat room.

After a few weeks in the fleet, we’re convinced the Genesis is only a couple developmental tweaks away from being a truly outstanding automobile. The 375-horse Tau V-8 feels crisp and smooth and has so far delivered decent fuel economy-17.4 mpg. The six-speed ZF automatic delivers its trademark silky shifts (Hyundai has its own eight-speed on the way, along with a 5.0-liter Tau V-8) and noise levels are commendably low.

Quibbles? We’d like more linearity in the weighting of the steering and the front seats mounted lower to the floor and given longer runners. The ride is still a little nervous-the rear springs and shocks feel way too stiff relative to the front end-and the rear end jiggles around on L.A.’s thumpety-thump freeways. But that’s about all. As Kim Reynolds noted: “Deutschland’s and Japan’s brightest engineers ought to be sensing the hot breath of their South Korean counterparts on their necks about now.” So far, he’s right.

Our Vehicle

Base price $38,000

Price as tested $42,000

Vehicle layout Front engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan

Engine 4.6L/375-hp*/333-lb-ft* DOHC 32-valve V-8

Transmission 6-speed automatic

Curb weight (dist f/r) 4060 lb (54/46%)

Wheelbase 115.6 in

Length x width x height 195.9 x 74.4 x 58.3 in

0-60 mph 5.6 sec

Quarter mile 14.1 sec @ 101.5 mph

Braking, 60-0 mph 112 ft

Lateral acceleration 0.86 g (avg)

MT figure eight 27.2 sec @ 0.66 g (avg)

EPA city/hwy econ 17/25 mpg

CO2 emissions 0.98 lb/mile

Total mileage 3851 miles

Average fuel economy 17.4 mpg

*On premium fuel; 368 hp/324 lb-ft on regular

By Angus MacKenzie

The Hyundai Genesis: High fidelity on a budget

When we’re sitting in traffic, top speed and quarter-mile times tend not to mean that much. What’s really important is how comfortable are the seats and how good is the stereo? With regard to the new Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan, the first question must remain unanswered until Dan Neil puts his tush on the case. But the other question can be answered now.

To call this system a stereo is to do it a grave disservice. Like Jaguar has its Harmon/Kardon and Lexus has its Mark Levinson, Hyundai has gone to Lexicon. This may not be a familiar name to many people, but almost everyone will have heard the fruits of Lexicon’s labor. The company’s products abound in every serious music recording studio and in many cinema sound facilities. Lexicon processing is heard on more than 80% of all professional audio recordings.

The only other car manufacturer that offers a Lexicon sound system is Rolls-Royce. So nothing too shabby. The mission is to reproduce sound as neutrally as possible, with the minimum of coloration and distortion, to be the most faithful of high-fidelity systems.

Mission accomplished. It surrounds the listener — no matter where he or she is sitting — with clear, detailed sound. It’s meaty enough to cope with heavy bass, even explosions on a DVD soundtrack, and sufficiently delicate to handle light cymbal touches. Door speakers are set into the metal to provide a vibration-free response, while the front screen and passenger windows are double-laminated to help insulate the cabin from exterior noise.

The system comes in two forms, the Premium Package Plus is the least expensive. For $3,000, it adds 18-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers and a few other bit and bobs. The most significant being a 528-watt, 14-speaker setup with a six-CD changer in the dash and a compact 11-channel digital amplifier in the trunk. This system has the ability to take a conventional two-channel (stereo) recording and open it out so the listener feels more enveloped by the sound.

With the Technology Package, there’s a 17-speaker, 7.1 surround sound system (same wattage); that’s seven separate channels. This option costs $4,000, but it also includes such toys as a reversing camera, parking sensors, auto-cornering and -leveling headlights, and a cooled driver’s seat. And in a way, it’s still a bargain; to get something sounding this good for a home system could easily cost twice as much.

It’s a more ingenious arrangement that can read DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 recordings and play them back through seven separate channels. Genesis owners probably will be tempted to go out to the garage, sit in the car and watch a DVD just for kicks.

Lexicon’s engineers have been working with Hyundai since the car’s design stages, which has given a far better result than just trying to install an audio system as an afterthought. If Hyundai is to pull off this luxury-on-a-budget ploy with the Genesis, then it needs to be convincing in every relevant area. Audio-wise, it’s already there.

– Colin Ryan

Surprise: Hyundai proves it’s a master of luxury with Genesis

If you’d have done such a thing back in school, your teacher would have rapped your knuckles with a ruler and pronounced you impertinent.

But here comes South Korean automaker Hyundai with a big, rear-drive premium sedan that the car company brazenly compares to Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Lexus…

Where’s that ruler?

Easy on the knuckles, though. Is the 2009 Hyundai Genesis a Lexus, BMW or M-B? Probably not. Does it matter much? Probably not.

Genesis is better than most people need, and easily good enough for most of the rest of us.

Genesis’ excellence is surprising, because usually a car company’s first crack at a new segment is wanting.

For instance, Toyota’s 1993 T100 pickup, first try at an American-style pickup, was too small and lacked a V-8.

Only now, a decade-and-a-half and two generations of truck later, has Toyota hit the mark with its ultra-beefy Tundra (just when the bad economy dried up pickup sales, alas).

Genesis is Hyundai’s first big sedan and its only U.S. rear-drive model, and it offers the automaker’s first V-8. You can quibble with the timing — small cars and small engines are hot right now — but you can’t argue much against the execution.

Two Genesis test cars, a well-furnished V-8 and a lower-level V-6, were so right that it’s hard to find gripes. Hard, not impossible — though some beefs are pretty minor.

- Front seat didn’t go back far enough for some taller drivers.

- Ride felt bouncy on undulating pavement.

- Console-mounted joy-knob controller on the V-8 tester (like BMW’s iDrive) was simpler to use than most — so only mildly annoying. You still had to go through up to half-a-dozen motions just to assign a preset button to a radio station, for instance.

- The wood section on the steering wheel in the V-8, while handsome, was a reminder that wood is for decks and boats, not cars. Wood steering wheels are cold in winter, sweaty in summer, hard and slippery always. Leather, please.

- The V-8 was jerky on deceleration. To improve mileage, the fuel flow to the engine immediately shuts off when you coast. Nice idea, but a little too abrupt and obvious. Didn’t happen on the V-6, which is tuned differently.

- Mirror-mounted turn signals were annoyingly bright in the driver’s periphery. Move the signals half an inch to solve that. The driver doesn’t need to see them — they’re for the fool in your blind spot who can’t see your rear turn signal.

- Horizontal chrome strips across the dashboard and doors were designed not to mate where those panels adjoin, instead to leave a gap. The strips line up perfectly, but don’t run all the way to the edge of the dash or door. Odd.

To appreciate Genesis, you first have to like rear-wheel drive. Though the BMW and Mercedes-Benz models Hyundai wants to evoke are rear drive, many cars are front drive and have a different driving feel. Rear-drive cars feel more balanced in corners. On the other hand, weight isn’t concentrated over the driving wheels, as with front drive. That suggests worse slick-weather behavior. In the rain during testing, the back wheels spun briefly, but were well-reined-in by the traction-control systems — without abruptly cutting the engine power.

OK, you like rear drive. Now, what’s so special about Genesis? Glad you asked:

- Seats. Leather’s standard; so’s comfort. Back’s angled just so and leg and knee room are plentiful.

- Power. Base V-6 scoots nicely. New V-8 has that kind of always-increasing, never-ending power delivery that Infiniti favors.

- Ambiance. Trim, controls, gauges — elegantly done. Simple lines and curves. Nothing tortured.

- Styling. Smooth, well proportioned, not forced or wannabe. It’ll be as easy on the eye when the loan’s paid off as it is the day you drive it home.

- Safety features. A long list, including standard side-impact bags in the rear seat. Most automakers don’t offer those, and the ones that do charge extra.

- Brakes. Reassuringly firm, but not touchy. Others should copy.

- XM radio. One mode lists all the channels, handy for a satellite system that offers some 200. Makes it easy to find and try something different. No-brainer? Then why’s it rare?

- Persona. Genteel eagerness, backed up by a drivetrain and suspension that deliver.

No, it’s not cheap at $33,000 to $42,000, but neither is it outrageous by today’s standards.

Ignoring price, it’s a credible contender. Considering price, there might not be another car that’s such an all-around satisfier.

What stands out

-Smooth: Everything from the ride to the turn-signal lever.

- Swift: Hyundai’s first V-8 shouldn’t be its last.

-Seductive: Don’t drive unless you intend to buy.

2008 HYUNDAI GENESIS

- What? Full-size, four-door, rear-drive, premium sedan, V-6 or V-8. New to Hyundai lineup.

- When? On sale since late June.

- Where? Made at Ulsan, South Korea.

- Why? Premium car = premium image= premium profits.

- How much? V-6 starts at $33,000, including $750 shipping. V-8, $38,000. Loaded, $42,150.

- How powerful? 3.8-liter V-6 rated 290 horsepower at 6,200 rpm, 264 pounds-feet of torque at 4,500 rpm. 4.6-liter V-8 rated 375 hp at 6,500 rpm, 333 lbs.-ft. at 3,500. V-6 mated to Aisin six-speed automatic transmission; V-8 to ZF six-speed auto. Both have manual mode.

- How lavish? Pretty darned. Standard features include: stability control; anti-lock brakes with brake assist and brake-force distribution; front-impact, head-curtain and side-impact air bags in front and rear; automatic climate control; AM/FM/XM/CD/MP3 audio with input jack; leather upholstery; heated front seats; power steering, brakes, windows, mirrors, seats, locks; rear-window and outside mirror defrosters; cruise control; auto-on headlights; fog lights.

- How big? Small end of the full-size segment. A little shorter, wider than Toyota Avalon. Genesis is 195.9 inches long, 74.4 inches wide, 58.1 inches tall; 109.4 cubic feet passenger space, 15.9 cu. ft. trunk. V-6 weighs 3,748 pounds; V-8, 4,012 pounds. Rated to carry about 1,100 pounds of people, cargo. Turning circle listed as 36 feet.

- How thirsty? V-6 rated 18 mpg gallon city, 27 highway, 21 combined. V-8, 17/25/19. V-6 tester did 16.9 mpg in suburbs. V-8 showed 14.3 in suburb-city mix, 27 in 63 mph cruise-control highway driving, 16.9 in suburban, freeway mix. Tank holds 19.3 (V-6) or 20.3 (V-8) gallons. V-6 takes regular. V-8 needs premium for rated power; regular OK, cuts 7 hp, 9 lbs.-ft.

- Overall: Uncommonly good.

USA Today

Hyundai Genesis to compete with BMW, Lexus

There was a time when South Korean carmaker Hyundai was considered absurdly precocious in challenging Toyota in the U.S. That was more than 3 million sales ago.

Now, they’re taking on Lexus.

The world’s fifth-largest automaker, Hyundai — yes, Hyundai — sees its first rear-drive luxury car, the Genesis, as a worthy rival to the Lexus ES 350. And no one’s laughing.

There’s no laughter at BMW or Mercedes-Benz, either, when Hyundai compares the Genesis with the 5-Series and E-Class, respectively. And at much lower cost.

Hyundai began selling the Genesis in July with a 3.8-liter, 290 horsepower V-6 bearing a price tag of $33,000, which is $340 less than BMW commands for the compact 328i and only $200 higher than the average price of a new car in the U.S. this year.

Now comes the 4.6-liter V-8 with 368 horses that propel the rear-drive sedan from zero to 60 mph in 5.7 seconds.

With a base price of $38,000, the V-8 is expected to secure a place for Hyundai on the wish lists of people shopping the Lexus ES 350, Chrysler 300C, Pontiac G8 and the Cadillac CTS, among others.

“We’re aware there’s a segment out there that won’t consider a luxury vehicle unless it has a V-8,” said Michael Deitz, manager of product development for Hyundai Motor America. “It’s not just about horsepower today — it’s about efficiency.”

Hyundai has always done a magnificent job in the styling department, borrowing cues from the best in the business. So it was not surprising that Genesis fit the fashion scene of Miami Beach and Coral Gables, where the V-8 cruised quietly in a recent demo tour, loaded to the gills with luxury features.

The nicely proportioned body rides on a 115.6-inch wheelbase that is more than 3 inches longer than that of the Lexus GS and more than an inch longer than the Infiniti M’s.

The Genesis face is predatory, with a tapered aluminum hood framed by backswept high-intensity headlamps resembling the eyes of a raptor. A trapezoidal grille with winglike vanes accentuates the curvature of the snout above a low-to-the-ground air scoop that represents the predator’s mouth.

The aerodynamic roofline flows back onto a short deck and a blunt rear end tightly tucked and decorated with wraparound taillamps.

To achieve instant credibility in the premium market, Hyundai had to provide more of everything at an unbeatable price: More horsepower than a Lexus GS and Infiniti M, better longitudinal balance than a Lexus ES 350, bigger disc brakes than a Mercedes-Benz E550, better aerodynamics than a BMW 5-Series and Cadillac CTS and faster acceleration from zero to 60 mph than the BMW 750i (6 seconds) or the Lexus LX 460 (5.9).

The new Tau V-8 has more horsepower per liter than any of its V-8 competitors and outperforms all V-8 performance sedans with an EPA fuel-economy estimate of 17 city miles per gallon and 25 highway, according to Hyundai research.

But where Genesis really exceeds expectations is in its load of standard equipment. A $36,000 Genesis 3.8 with the Premium Package Plus is $8,000 less than a comparably equipped Infiniti M35 and $22,000 less than a comparable BMW 535i.

Standard on the 3.8 models are 17-inch alloy wheels, fog lamps, automatic headlights, dual power heated side mirrors with turn signal indicators, leather upholstery with heated power seats, proximity entry with electric push button start, leather-wrapped tilt steering wheel with audio controls, dual automatic climate control, AM/FM/CD stereo with auxiliary input jacks and Bluetooth.

When you move up to the 4.6, you get 18-inch hyper-silver alloy wheels, chrome lower body-side moldings, power glass sunroof with tilt and slide, power tilt and telescopic steering column, integrated memory system, Lexicon 15-speaker surround-sound audio system, six-disc CD changer, illuminated scuff plates, wood-trimmed leather steering wheel, electrochromic auto-dimming interior rearview mirror with Homelink and compass, power rear sunshade and rain-sensing wipers with auto defogger windshield.

In another extreme measure to challenge the luxury market, Genesis has even matched the Rolls-Royce Phantom as the only other car to offer a Lexicon-branded audio system featuring Logic 7 technology. The surround-sound audio system includes an 11-channel digital amplifier and 17 speakers producing more than 500 watts of sound in 7.1 discrete audio. Hyundai also claims to be the first popular brand to offer digital HD Radio from the factory.

Navigation-equipped Genesis models also include a 40-gigabyte hard drive and XM NavTraffic. The Genesis also comes standard with XM Satellite Radio with a three-month free subscription.

Continuing the coverage that helped overcome early doubts about Hyundai quality, the Genesis warranty includes five-year/60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper protection, 10-year/100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and seven-year/unlimited mileage anti-perforation coverage. Buyers also get free 24-hour roadside assistance for five years.

Although Hyundai cannot match the prestige of such names as Infiniti, Lexus and Acura, it can grab a piece of the market that wants luxury at a more affordable price. Hyundai at one time considered creating a luxury brand for models such as the Genesis but decided the cost was too high for the rewards.

Hyundai was wise in moving gradually upmarket from its current position, avoiding the marketing boondoggle of Volkswagen’s exotically priced Phaeton.

So far, the Genesis is selling well, and Hyundai predicts a total of 20,000 sales in the first year of production.

“Consumers are showing their vote of confidence and that they will step up for a Hyundai,” Deitz said.

By RICHARD WILLIAMSON

SCRIPPS HOWARD NEWS SERVICE

First Drive: 2009 Hyundai Genesis

Luxury by Numbers: On paper, the Genesis is all the luxury car you need

Numbers. It’s all about the numbers. Longer and wider, with a longer wheelbase and shorter turning radius than BMW 5 Series, Mercedes E-Class, and Lexus ES. Lower coefficient of drag, 0.27, and better fuel economy than most. A stiffer body than those of the Bimmer, Benz, and the Lexus LS 430 (Hyundai sees much of the Lexus range as its competition). Its optional Tau V-8 is “best-in-class,” making more horses (375) than V-8s in the 550i, E550, GS 460, or Infiniti M45 and does 0-to-60 mph in well under six seconds. It’s built in the world’s largest auto factory, Hyundai’s 1.62-million unit-per-year Ulsan plant.

7 Series size, 5 Series performance, 3 Series price, Hyundai says.

Hyundai’s first indigenous rear-drive sedan and in-house-developed V-8 comes 41 years after the company began assembling knock-down Ford Cortinas, 34 years after it built its own first car, 17 years after it began building its own engine design. And at least four years before Ford can return to the rear-drive sedan business in North America. Impressive, by those numbers.

Words paint a different picture, however. When Hyundai confirmed it was working on a rear-drive sedan a couple years ago, the motoring press leapt to the words “sport sedan.” Hyundai subsequently toned down the hyperbole, saying the Genesis (developed under codename “BH”) would offer Infiniti/Lexus-like luxury and performance at a typically cut-rate Hyundai price.

The Genesis is no sport sedan. It is luxurious, yes, and the V-8 is strong. Heck, the base 290-horsepower, 3.8-liter V-6 is really good in this car, and it’s coupled, as is the Tau V-8, to a ZF six-speed automatic transmission that ticks off smooth up- and downshifts. It also provides better balance, 52/48 front/rear versus 54/46 for the V-8, an engine that makes good, if overly muffled, sounds under full throttle.

A limited first drive at the Namyang Research & Development Center revealed Hyundai hasn’t strayed from its cushy car roots. You may have read about the Korean journalists who criticized the car as too soft when it launched in its home market last January. Hyundai’s American engineering team, led by ex-GM guy Wendell Collins Jr., reworked the sedan’s multilink front and rear suspension for our market, with stiffer springs, shocks, and damping. It’s worked, to the extent that extracting cushiness out of a suspension inherently designed for comfort can work. It’s no 1960s American floatmobile, having been stiffened up about as much as possible without sending the ride/handling equation off-kilter. Damping is especially good, reminiscent of a Honda Accord’s.

On Namyang’s tight handling course, the Genesis’s suspension handles transitions reasonably well. Push it hard, though, and the front tires scrub into the pavement. It’s not the kind of treatment you expect a large luxury sedan to take, but you do expect to try it on a sport sedan. The car is biased considerably toward understeer, and there’s no steering with the throttle, electronic stability control on or off. As with most any Lexus or Mercedes, you can’t turn ESP off completely.

The speed-sensitive rack-and-pinion steering is a bit numb and on the light side, offering less feedback than an Infiniti M35 provided for comparison, and requiring small corrections on the banks of Namyang’s high-speed oval. The Genesis V-6 tops out at a tire-limited 130 mph on the oval, and the V-8 will do an autobahn-friendly 155. Germany’s autobahn will not be the Genesis’s natural habitat, however. While smaller Hyundais and Kias have successfully attacked European rivals on their turf, Hyundai says it won’t export the Genesis to Western Europe as long as Lexus flounders there. The Genesis will be available in North America and much of Asia, Africa, and Russia.

It’ll be a hit with drivers who value maximum comfort and a modicum of prestige over handling dynamics. The Genesis is nicely trimmed, with the right amount of chrome and a two-tone interior featuring a leather-wrapped dash (which serves to minimize the unconvincing fake wood appliques), door panels, console lid, and seats. Its long list of features includes high-fidelity Lexicon Logic 7 audio (only the second car with that brand, after the Rolls-Royce Phantom) and a navigation system with backup camera. You control the HD radio, navigation, climate, and iPod with the Driver Information System, which looks like BMW’s iDrive button. Fortunately, it works much better, with controls duplicated elsewhere on the dash.

Fit and finish is generally good, with consistent stitching for the leather dash along the panel breaks. Hyundai didn’t sweat the details, though, because elsewhere they’re less impressive. The hood gap is a bit too wide. The Genesis has plastic-finished gooseneck hinges (not bad, but they’re not gas-filled shocks) and parcel shelf speaker and subwoofer bottoms of that high-end Lexicon system are left exposed. A $21k Chevy Malibu’s trunk is finished better.

Hyundai has big plans for its rear-drive platform, including the upcoming BK sport coupe. And it has big plans for its somewhat ill-timed V-8. Dong-Jin Kim, Hyundai’s vice chairman and CEO, says 4.6 liters is the small end; the engine can be bored and stroked up to 5.5 liters, which will serve nicely in the not-for-U.S. long-wheelbase Genesis, eight inches longer than the standard sedan and two inches longer than the front-drive Equus V-8 it replaces. The 4.6 will get gas direct-injection in a couple of years, pushing horsepower past 400, Kim says. Hyundai would have to raise the BK coupe’s hood to fit the Tau, “and why would we?” he asks. The BK V-6 “leaves a lot of room for the tuning guys.”

Finally, Hyundai has added the Chrysler 300C and Pontiac G8 GT to the Genesis V-8′s competitive set. This makes infinitely more sense than comparing the car with Mercedes and Lexus-the American cars are scratching and clawing for respect in their own country, where German icons and Japanese perfectionists rule the big luxury-car segment. The Hyundai Genesis will do well in a new, little sub-segment heretofore to be called “value-priced luxury cars.” Next to the Yank tanks, though, its bigger numbers don’t feel big enough to propel the car past your expectations of the Hyundai brand.

2009 HYUNDAI GENESIS
BASE PRICE RANGE $26,000-$30,000 (MT est)
VEHICLE LAYOUT Front engine, RWD, 5-pass, 4-door sedan
ENGINES 3.8L/290-hp/264-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6;
4.6L/375-hp/333-lb-ft DOHC 32-valve V-8
TRANSMISSION 6-speed automatic
CURB WEIGHT 3750-4000 lb (mfr)
WHEELBASE 115.6 in
LENGTH x WIDTH x HEIGHT 195.9 x 73.4 x 58.3 in
0-60 MPH 5.6-6.8 sec (MT est)
EPA CITY/HWY FUEL ECON 17-19/25-27 mpg
CO2 EMISSIONS 0.88-0.98 lb/mile
ON SALE IN U.S. Summer 2008

By Todd Lassa

Motor Trend