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2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Preview

By Jeff Youngs, January 14, 2014
Fast Facts:
  • Debuts Hyundai's "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0" design philosophy
  • Improved interior materials in larger cabin
  • Carryover engines and 8-speed automatic transmission
  • Optional multi-mode AWD system
  • Upgraded suspension, steering systems
  • New safety and infotainment technologies

With the redesigned 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan, the automaker appears poised to compete head-to-head with traditional midsize luxury sedans, and at a relative bargain of a price. Hyundai isn't shy about naming the cars it sees as the new 2015 Genesis Sedan's competitive targets: Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Cadillac CTS, Infiniti Q70, Lexus GS, and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

Exterior Features
Hyundai calls the 2015 Genesis Sedan's design "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0," implying that the crisper look will be applied to the rest of the lineup as vehicles are redesigned in coming years. Indeed, the automaker plainly states that the redesigned 2015 Sonata will draw its appearance from the approach. Primary tenets of Hyundai's new look include fluid aesthetics, premium ambience, and modern interpretations of traditional brand elements.

In addition to the new styling language, the redesigned 2015 Genesis Sedan's underlying structure employs high-strength steel to a greater degree, and Hyundai says this new car's body rigidity surpasses that of the BMW 5 Series.

Interior Features
Hyundai is going for an open feel with the new Genesis Sedan's interior, which features simplified switchgear, a more intuitive control layout, improved storage solutions, more flexible cupholders, and other user-friendly changes. Also, at 123 cu. ft. of interior volume, the new Genesis is larger inside than its primary midsize luxury sedan competitors, Hyundai claims.

Hyundai says it has made great strides to reduce noise, vibration, and harshness in the new 2015 Genesis Sedan, and that it has paid close attention to detail with regard to interior materials, texture, and color in order to improve quality. As an example, Hyundai says the Genesis Sedan's cabin is trimmed using real wood and genuine aluminum.

Optional Features
Hyundai is offering a long list of safety-related and infotainment upgrades for the 2015 Genesis Sedan, discussed in the sections that follow. Additionally, this new midsize luxury sedan will be offered with rear side window shades, a panoramic sunroof, and larger 19-inch aluminum wheels.

Under the Hood
Two versions of the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan will be available when the car goes on sale before the summer of 2014: the Genesis 3.8 and the Genesis 5.0.

The Genesis 3.8 is equipped with a 3.8-liter V-6 engine that, compared with the 2014 model, offers a flatter torque curve. Using premium unleaded gasoline, this engine develops 311 horsepower and 293 lb.-ft. of torque. It will run on regular unleaded, but those power figures drop a little bit when using the less expensive gas. The Genesis 5.0 gets a 5.0-liter V-8 engine generating 420 horsepower and 383 lb.-ft. of torque.

Regardless of engine choice, an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and a Sport driving mode feeds power to the car's rear wheels, and the Genesis Sedan boasts a 52/48 front-to-rear weight distribution. An optional all-wheel-drive system, named HTRAC, offers Normal, Eco, Sport, and Snow driving modes accessed through the car's Intelligent Drive Mode selector.

When engineering the 2015 Hyundai Genesis, the automaker wanted the car to deliver a smooth ride over rough roads. A 5-link front and rear suspension design with greater wheel articulation and travel, refined bump absorption characteristics, and reduced camber angles for improved steering feel and greater lateral grip is standard. The Genesis 5.0 can be optioned with a Continuous Damping Control suspension with Normal and Sport driving modes.

Additionally, the new Genesis Sedan is equipped with electric steering, a system that employs Variable Gear Ratio technology for high-speed stability and more direct feel at lower speeds, Hyundai says.

Structurally, the new 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan is engineered to achieve a "Top Safety Pick" rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS). Nine air bags are standard for this model, along with a CO2 sensor designed to help combat driving while drowsy.

Options include front and rear park-assist sensors, forward-collision warning, lane-departure warning, lane-keeping assist, high-beam assist, and blind-spot detection. The new Automatic Emergency Braking system is designed to apply full braking power at speeds under 50 mph in order to try to completely mitigate a collision with an object or traffic ahead.

Hyundai isn't pulling punches when it comes to the technology it is installing in the new 2015 Genesis Sedan. Standard equipment includes Proximity Key passive entry with push-button starting and an Automatic Vehicle Hold feature, which keeps the car stopped until traffic clears and the driver steps on the accelerator. The Genesis Smart Trunk system automatically opens the trunk if the Proximity Key is detected within a few feet of the rear of the car for more than a few seconds.

A 900-watt, 14-speaker surround-sound system is standard for the 2015 Genesis and includes an 8-inch touch-screen display, navigation, Bluetooth, satellite radio, HD Radio, and iPod/USB connections. The system also offers app support, Siri Eyes Free mode, SoundHound integration, Pandora Internet radio, and more. As an option, the Genesis can be fitted with a premium navigation system with a 9.2-inch high-definition display, screen swipe technology, advanced voice-recognition technology, and a 17-speaker audio system. This upgrade uses a 64 GB Solid State drive with 30 GB of storage for music, photos and video, and offers Gracenote album art as well as a Junction View with lane-guidance feature.

This new Genesis Sedan is also the first Hyundai equipped with next-generation Blue Link services. New items include Destination Search by Google, remote engine starting with a timer and remote stop capability, and remote climate control system operation. The Automatic Collision Notification system can be programmed to send a text or an email to designated emergency contacts, and there's a new Blue Link mobile app. Hyundai is even working on full Google Glass integration.

Additionally, owners can use the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app with reminders and recommendations depending on planned destinations. For example, if traffic is heavy, the driver is reminded to leave early.

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