All eyes on Genesis

2015 launches second generation of Hyundai's luxury sedan

Published: January 22, 2014, 6:30 PM
Updated: November 22, 2021, 4:07 PM

2015 hyundai genesis driv side

When it made its official debut in Detroit early this month, Hyundai's 2015 Genesis brought new styling cues and a bunch of new features to help it make inroads in the luxury sedan marketplace. It also brought less powerful engines.

The standard 3.8-litre V6 goes down 22 horsepower and up 2 lb.-ft. of torque (to 311/293) and the 5.0-litre V8 option goes down from 429 to 420 horses and up seven lb.-ft. to 376 torque, a move Hyundai says will give the pair flatter torque curves that will translate into better low-end performance. Both get the holdover eight-speed automatic from the old Genesis, while a AWD system called HTRAC is a new option; an electronically controlled clutch varies torque distribution front and back. A new Intelligent Drive Mode system tweaks the ride for Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow settings.

Its longer hood and shorter overhangs help give it a more sporty look, a Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 ideal Hyundai says will find its way into more of their vehicles.

Genesis will offer all the nannies techs in the luxury realm, including collision warning, lane-departure warning, adaptive cruise, blind spot detection, cross-traffic alert and a head-up display. An eight-inch screen with nav and a 14-speaker audio system is standard.

Smart Trunk pops the boot when the nearby key fob is detected to be in the same spot for three seconds. Hyundai is among the first to embrace Google Glass with an app that works with Blue Link to start, lock, or unlock your Genesis.