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Genesis Essentia makes public appearance at Cannes

Electric GT supercar concept had world premiere at New York auto show

Published: May 19, 2018, 2:30 AM
Updated: May 23, 2018, 2:10 AM

Genesis Essentia Concept at CR Fashion Book Cannes Party

Genesis, the premium automotive arm of the Hyundai Group, has brought its first supercar — Essentia — to the people, at the CR Fashion Book Cannes Party during the 71st Cannes Film Festival.

Genesis Essentia Concept

“We are extremely delighted to be a part of this celebration with CR Fashion Book and the members here at this special occasion,” said Manfred Fitzgerald, Global Head of the Genesis Brand. “It’s very exciting to introduce Essentia here in Cannes to a distinguished global group of guests, and showcase our vision of future mobility.”

Premiering at the New York International Auto Show at the end of March, the Essentia Concept follows in the footsteps of many modern supercars, with a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque and custom-tailored interior motivated by a multi-motor battery-electric powertrain.

Genesis Essentia Concept

The vision is of a Gran Turismo, with a profile long in the front and squat in rear, and large wheels that emphasize muscularity. The front shows an adaptation of the Genesis signature Crest grille, with aerodynamic slats and columns to direct air as needed for component cooling, while the rear shows Quad taillights as parallel lines stretching from fender to a lighted Genesis script, in a presentation to emphasize the car’s width. Mirroring the rear fascia, parallel LED lights stretch from each side of the grille right to the doors, interrupted by the wheels.

Scissor-doors unveil an interior rich in leather and high-tech displays, meant to emphasize the link to fashion. Classic colours, such as the Cognac quilted leather seats promote elegance and quality craftmanship. The instrument panel and centre console are clad in polished surfaces (simulated metal and stone) and topped off with a continuous display that presents information for the driver behind the steering wheel and the various infotainment displays as it works its way to the passenger-side door.

Genesis Essentia Concept interior

Genesis has not committed to building the car, which would likely have to undergo considerable functional changes to make it street legal.