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Christopher Bruce2014-01-14 19:26:59

Second Generation Hyundai Genesis Gets New Brand Styling and 8-Speed Gearbox

It introduces a suite of new assistance technology to Hyundai's vehicles

 
 
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The second generation Genesis introduces Hyundai's new design language

HyundaiHyundaiHyundaiRepublic of Korea, 1967 > present79 models
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has brought its second-generation GenesisGenesisHyundai GenesisRepublic of Korea, 2007 > 201439 versions
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sedan to the North American International Auto Show, and the Korean brand promises that the new sedan shows the future of its design.

The new GenesisGenesis 5.0Hyundai Genesis 5.0Republic of Korea, 2015 > present6 photos
rides on a new, more rigid rear-wheel drive platform and is packed with new technology for the brand like automatic emergency braking, head-up display, blind-spot detection, and lane keeping assist. It is the first Hyundai sedan in the US to be offered with all-wheel drive.

The Genesis’ platform shares nothing with the previous generation and uses roughly 50% high-strength steel. The chassis uses a new five-link front suspension with added travel and multi-link rear.

Hyundai calls the look of the new Genesis Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. The hallmarks of the new design are a fluid, modern aesthetic that can be adapted to sedans and crossovers. The new SonataSonata Gen.6Hyundai Sonata Gen.6Republic of Korea, 2010 > 201410 versions
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sedan will be the second car to use the new design language when it goes on sale later in 2014.

The new Genesis expresses Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 with a hexagonal front grill with heavy creases along the hood, and a second crease that flows from the headlights to the rear. It also has shorter overhangs to appear more compact.

The interior has received a significant design change as well with simplified controls and more ergonomic seats.

Hyundai is touting its new automatic emergency braking technology that works with the adaptive cruise control to know if a collision is imminent. At speeds up to 112mph it can do some braking to lessen the severity of a crash, and from 50mph, it can stop a collision entirely.

To power the new Genesis, Hyundai is using its 5.0-liter V8 with 420hp and 383lb-ft. It comes with a new eight-speed automatic transmission.

The Genesis 5.0 also gets a new adaptive suspension that decreases body roll during cornering and larger 14.2in brake rotors.

The other option is a Genesis powered by a 3.8-liter V6 with 311hp and 293lb-ft. It will also come with the new eight-speed automatic.

The new Genesis will go on sale in the US in the spring and will be built in Korea.

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