Unveiled today in Seoul, Korea, the second generation of the Genesis benefits from the firm's Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language and comes with shorter overhangs and a single-frame tridimensional hexagonal front grille with a semi-gloss chrome finish. It has been equipped with bi-functional HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps, as well as full LED taillights.
The cabin seems more evolved than its predecessor and uses more premium materials while adopting a less cluttered layout. As a result of rethinking the interior, storage space has increased by 3.7 liters to 26.9 liters. The spacious cabin manages to provide 1045mm front / 970mm rear headroom, 1160mm front / 890mm rear legroom and 1480mm front / 1450mm rear shoulder room.
The vehicle is 4990mm long, 1890mm wide (without mirrors) and 1480mm tall, with a generous 3010mm wheelbase and 845 front / 1135 rear overhangs. It's available with a variety of alloys in sizes ranging from 17 to 19 inches and comes as standard with a rear-wheel drive setup, but optionally available will be a HTRAC all-wheel drive system.
Depending on the market, it will be sold with a choice of four engines starting with a V6 3.0-liter developing 257 HP (189 kW) and 224 lb-ft (303 Nm) of torque. Hyundai is also offering a V6 3.3-liter with 282 HP (207 kW) and 256 lb-ft (347 Nm), together with a V6 3.8-liter rated at 315 HP (232 kW) and 293 lb-ft (397 Nm). A beefier 5.0-liter V8 tops the range with an output of 425 HP (312 kW) and 383 lb-ft (519 Nm). All these engines were updated to bring better performance and are going to work exclusively with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Speaking of performance, the base engine grants the car with a 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) run in 8.6 seconds before topping out at 143 mph (230 km/h). Opt for the 3.3-liter and the car will do the sprint in 7.2 seconds, while the 3.8-liter can do it in 6.5s. The range-topping V8 model will complete the task in 5.4 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 149 mph (240 km/h).
Other upgrades compared to the outgoing version include reduced NVH, more use of high-strength steel, a multi-link rear suspension and the addition of a driver-knee airbag. The 2014 Hyundai Genesis also comes with a wide variety of safety systems such as Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA) and Advanced Smart Parking Assist System (ASPAS).
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