2015 Hyundai Genesis is Taking On Mainstream Luxury

This time around, the Genesis is being taken seriously as a fully-fledged premium sedan.

As promised, Hyundai has officially revealed its second-generation Genesis sedan at this year’s Detroit Auto Show. The American-spec version features a pair of engines carried over from the outgoing model: a standard 3.8-liter V6 with 333 horsepower and 291 lb-ft of torque and an optional 5.0-liter V8 that’s good for 429 ponies and 376 lb-ft. A new eight-speed gearbox comes mated to both engines, sending power to the rear wheels. All-wheel drive is optional.

Styling wise, the new exterior is described by Hyundai as "Fluidic Sculpture 2.0," a continuation of the design language that began with the current Sonata back in 2009. Overall, the styling is crisper and more mature than before, and comparisons being made regarding its front grille design to that of the Aston Rapide’s are certainly justifiable. The cabin layout, switchgear and instrument panel are straightforward and stylish, even a tad conservative. But perhaps the biggest news regarding the 2015 Genesis is its expected base price, rumored to be below $40,000. That’s quite a bargain and further proof that affordable luxury is entirely possible without sacrificing style and comfort.

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