2014 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Previewed in Wild HCD-14 Concept

2014 Hyundai Genesis Sedan Previewed in Wild HCD-14 Concept

Hyundai shocked the motoring world back in 2008 by launching a rear-wheel-drive luxury car, the Genesis. Five years later and the company is still pushing the envelope. At the Detroit Auto Show this morning it just revealed its vision for the next version of this car.

Called the HCD-14 Genesis, this sleekly styled sedan is very likely the shape of things to come. John Krafcik, president and CEO of Hyundai Motor America said the concept reveals the future design direction for the company’s upcoming premium vehicles.

Since their respective introductions, the Genesis and Equus nameplates have been doing surprisingly well, garnering a combined 9 percent market share (Genesis Coupe included). They’ve been performing better than the Hyundai brand overall, which has been on fire. Additionally, they’ve had very strong residual values as reported by ALG.

The HCD-14 is designed to build on this success. The car wears a so-called “fluidic-precision, liquid metal” design language. According to Hyundai, its gemstone-like surfaces convey quality, while the long dash-to-axle ratio, afforded by its rear-wheel-drive architecture, gives it a sporty look.

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Short front and rear overhangs, large-diameter wheels and a sleek greenhouse compliment the other design elements. Suicide – sorry, “rear-hinged” doors in today’s politically correct parlance – are a cool, retro touch.

With the HCD-14 Genesis, Hyundai didn’t stop at a striking exterior, designers followed through inside. It features a driver-centric cockpit and a center console with enough storage space to house the included Apple iPad.

Designers were also able to eliminate the traditional center stack, which normally houses audio and climate controls. Instead, this concept features eye tracking technology and 3-D gesture recognition. Basically, you look at what you want to control and then move your hand; the car responds to your gesticulations.

Ahead of its firewall the HCD-14 Genesis features Hyundai’s award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8. The powerplant is equipped with direct fuel injection and variable valve timing on the exhaust and intake cams. Output figures have not been shared at this time but the engine delivers 429 horsepower with 376 lb-ft of torque in today’s version of the car. It’s matched to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Waste gasses produced by that burly two-by four under the hood are expelled through a special ceramic-lined exhaust system that was tuned for low back pressure and high-RPM power. It supposedly delvers a deep baritone sound.

While many of the HDC-14 Genesis’ components are already in production, a lot of them are far from market-ready. This concept is a good look into Hyundai’s crystal ball, so don’t expect to be able to purchase one at your local dealership anytime soon.

Gallery: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept


GALLERY: Hyundai HCD-14 Genesis Concept



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  • Gen 380GT

    Gen coupe gt owner here. Very pleased with this concept, enough so that when my lease is up, this is next. Bravo Hyundai for sticking it to those scam artist Germans.

  • turnipweed

    Don’t like it. Roofline looks too low. I’ll bet the seat is very low, requiring acrobatic maneuvering to get in and out. The grill does not match the rest of the car. The wide gaps between the bars show all sorts of unfinished parts inside, totally ruining the sleek body. I hope the 2013 does not look even close to this.

  • ANF

    That looks fantastic, it looks menacing but at the same time edgy and futuristic, great work.  I reckon the actual model will actually look similiar, Hyundai/Kia have thier eyes on that premium section so they need something ground-breaking for them to lauch themselves into..this just may be the one.

  • guest

    Too gimmicky. 

  • Lacountyretired

    Looking at the fron I would have to call it double ugley.  If they come out with this car it will make me happy be cause I will not have the urge to get rid of my 2010 Genesis. 

  • Indydi

    Wow. Those headlights and fog lights are just plain COOL! The only thing I don’t like is the front grill. Other than that it looks fantastic.

  • http://www.facebook.com/anthony.barker.16 Anthony Barker

    Keep the HUD and doors.  The eye and motion control can go away.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Daniel-Watkins/629637578 Daniel Watkins

    This is definitely a concept, will not make it into production because there is no B-pillar for side impact and roof crush strength. Also the front grille isn’t very friendly to pedestrians. Seriously it’s like a semitruck grille

  • http://twitter.com/pyrobedlam pyrobedlam

    They let him review the car and he cant even pronounce it correctly?!  Where do they find these people? :[

  • Vilynne46

    Great looking car, will it ever go into production,if so when can we look foward to seeing it.Leave it alone its great just the way it is.

  • monye622

    I like this car,when is it going into production? So I can buy one.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bernard.zenus Bernard Zenus

    Love it. If the production model is anything like the concept, sign me up for one. I’ll trade in my Gen Coupe for it.

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