Right now, Hyundai's luxury offshoot Genesis has two vehicles -- the G80, formerly known as the Hyundai Genesis, and the G90, formerly known as the Hyundai Equus. It didn't really have anything all its own, but that changed today in New York, when the company debuted its New York Concept.
Not only is it a concept, it's a hybrid concept. It relies on a combination of electric motors and a two-liter gas engine to produce about 241 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. That combination is mated to an eight-speed automatic, which many automakers use as a sort of sweet spot between performance and outright efficiency.
And there's plenty of performance-oriented parts on this hybrid. Much of its style -- the long hood, thin headlamps, channels for air, flared fenders -- gives off a sporty vibe. The same could be said for the interior, as well, which uses a strong center console to divide its innards into four distinct sections, much like an Aston Martin Rapide or Porsche Panamera.
Speaking of the interior, we need to talk about the screens. In an effort to reduce the clutter that Genesis says is part and parcel with high-tech luxury cars, the New York Concept includes a 21-inch, curved, 4K display. Yet to keep things (somewhat, barely) grounded, the gauges are still analog.
While we wouldn't expect many (or most) of these bits to translate over to future production vehicles, Genesis' New York Concept gives us a good idea of what the brand hopes to achieve with a new generation of vehicles all its own.
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