Hyundai has introduced the 2012 Genesis at the Chicago Auto Show.

Boasting a number of minor changes, the facelifted model is distinguished by modified bumpers, a revised grille, aggressive side skirts, and brushed aluminum window trim. Elsewhere, there are new headlights, LED daytime running lights, and restyled taillights.

Under the hood, three engines are available. The entry-level 3.8-liter V6 has been given a higher compression ratio which enables it to produce 333 hp (248 kW / 338 PS) and 291 lb-ft (394 Nm) of torque - an improvement of 43 hp (32 kW / 44 PS) and 27 lb-ft (37 Nm). Moving up to the 4.6-liter V8 rewards drivers with 385 hp (287 kW / 390 PS) and 324 lb-ft (439 Nm) of torque, while the new R-Spec uses a 5.0-liter V8 that develops 429 hp (320 kW / 435 PS) and 376 lb-ft (509 Nm) of torque.

Regardless of what engine is selected, all models are equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, beefier brakes, and a retuned suspension with a larger rear stabilizer bar. Additionally, the aforementioned R-Spec model also has a sport-tuned suspension, a recalibrated steering system, dark chrome exterior accents, and exclusive 19-inch alloy wheels.

No word on pricing, but the updated model will go on sale later this year.

Check out the press release for additional information

Gallery: 2012 Hyundai Genesis facelift graces Chi-town

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