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Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

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Detroit Auto Show 2014: 2015 Hyundai Genesis

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Hyundai refreshes the Genesis giving it an aluminum frame, AWD, and a few other luxuries that put it in Mercedes-Benz territory.

Well, here's a new edition of the car they once said Hyundai couldn't make flight. I guess it deserves a second generation. It proved them wrong. Here's the new Genesis. Overall, you're seeing a fresher, modern design to my eye especially in the cabin. Things are just kind of less guardian or innate. On that phase, do I see a touch of 2014 Mercedes S-Class? May as well copy the best. Overall, the car is the same length nose to tail, but they've pushed the axle arm of the wheels. The wheel base, about 3 inches further apart, shorter overhangs. It should make for a little better space inside as well. There's a revised head unit on that touchscreen that I couldn't wait to get my hands on, but can't really analyze that here at the show. In terms of engines, still a 3.8 V6 and a 5-liter V8. The V8 carries over but the V6 is interesting. They've actually reduced the horsepower substantially, but increased the torque. A refreshing admission, but that's how people actually drive cars. Not revving them to 7,000 rpm between the gears but plumping along at 2 or 3,000 rpm all the time. Like many cars at the show here, they are making extensive use of aluminum and high-stirring steel, in this case, not to save weight but to have the same weight that they had before but much greater stiffness. Here's the big one for those who live in the snow. This car can now be had with all-wheel drive. Not just the rear wheels driven. That's gonna open up to potentially much larger market. All kinds of technology gizmos has been refreshed on this primarily in the driver assistance area, including the automatic breaking, adaptive cruise, head-up display, lane departure and all those things that you have to have in this class. Here's an interesting one though. This is a great car to get a muffler leak in. It's got a CO2 detector that will detect levels of that gas in the cabin. If they get too high, it blows in more fresh air from outside. I have no idea why they came up with that. This car should be around 38K or so based on the V6 version. So, keeping it below that $40,000 psychological mark. We'll see in the spring.

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