The Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis is about to debut at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit (January 14 to 27) showing the basics of what is bound to become the style adopted by the next Genesis, which is expected to hit the market in 2014. This prototype is a sporty premium sedan with a four-seater configuration and a strong visual impact that represents the natural evolution of the Fluidic Sculpture design language, the style adopted by the whole recent production of the Korean carmaker. Christopher Chapman, head of Hyundai Design North America, paid a lot of attention to the volumes of car, keeping the cabin as close as possible to the rear axle to make space for a long and threatening hood, which makes the rear section pretty small in proportion.
Mr.Chapman and his team also designed a quite compact side glazing - which gives the model a sort of coupe flavor to it - with back doors that are rear-hinged. The corners of the rear hood incorporate heat extractor design accents that integrate seamlessly with exterior mirror design. Leather and premium quality materials can be found everywhere in the passenger compartment, something that somewhat undelines the ambition of a company that is clearly on the rise. Inside the cabin, a double-cresting-wave center console design carries from the instrument panel through to the rear seats. This design-wave theme further influences the interior door handles and rear headrest hoods. The dashboard points at the driver and uses a windshield heads-up display (HUD) for minimal driving distraction. The center console even includes an iPad tablet storage station.
The HCD-14 Genesis powertrain includes the Hyundai Tau V8 engine, displacing 5.0-liters, with direct injection and Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT). This prototype is also equipped with an optical recognition to identify the driver and initiate the starting sequence, while gear selection for the 8-speed automatic transmission is performed via paddle-shifters. The exhaust is ceramic-lined and was tuned for minimal backpressure, maximum high-rpm horsepower, and a deep baritone note, with cooling fins integrated into the wide exhaust tips.