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Genesis X Convertible EV Concept Previews Future Design Language

The Korean luxury upstart adds a third model to its growing family of X Concept vehicles on the eve of the LA Auto Show.

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Korean luxury automaker Genesis added a third model to its now trilogy of X Concept design study vehicles this evening with the debut of the X Convertible concept on the eve of the 2022 LA Auto Show.

The X Convertible shares its EV architecture and powertrain -- as well as much of its aesthetic and design -- with the previously revealed X Concept and X Speedium Coupe concepts. The electric four-seater continues Genesis' exploration of Korean-inspired EV design in a drop-top configuration infused with a California vibe. That's the state with both the highest electric vehicle adoption and the most convertible-friendly weather year-round.

Like the X Speedium, the X Convertible's parallel, wraparound light signature evolves and stretches to form the frame of the automaker's shield-shaped Crest Grille. The elongated body features subtle curves and an arching belt line that finishes with a slight downward slope towards the X Convertible's rear. Out back, a subtle ducktail spoiler blends into the decklid and integrates a notched high-center brake lamp just above the double tail lights.

Large G-Matrix pattern wheels fill the bulging arches with a concave aero dish rim section designed to extract heat from the EV's big six-piston brakes.

The X Convertible has four seats, but the most important bucket is the one behind the steering wheel. The cockpit-style dashboard flows into a wraparound center console with an integrated touchscreen display that hugs the driver's seat. Up front is a digital instrument cluster. 

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Like the X Speedium concept, the X Convertible's light signature forms the grille's frame.

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The interior is finished in Gina Navy and Dancheong Orange leather. Matched with recycled wool textiles the colors and details of the interior are inspired by Korean roof architecture -- funny, since the X Convertible is presented without a visible roof. There is a hardtop; it's just folded away and hidden. The top uses transparent panels that attempt to create the feeling of open-air driving, even when rain or cold doesn't allow it.

Like the X Concept cars that came before, the Genesis X Convertible is, for now, just a design exercise. Considering how much the convertible market has shrunk over the last decade, it's perhaps the member of the trio that's least likely to reach production. But, as a preview of what we can expect from the future of Genesis' electric vehicle design and as gorgeous eye candy, the X Convertible is still exciting.