This might be the best-looking EV ever penned.
Few automakers build a prettier concept car than Genesis. The Korean automaker stunned the New York Auto Show in 2018 with the Essentia Concept then came back the following year with the adorable Mint Concept. Though the auto show season is very much in flux right now, Genesis is sticking to what it does best by revealing yet another gorgeous concept vehicle. Feast your eyes on the Genesis X Concept, which just made its global debut in Los Angeles, California.
Like the Essentia, the Genesis X is a high-performance, fully-electric GT (Grand Touring) coupe concept car. It's not a production model yet, but Genesis says its design will inspire future models.
"The car that we are unveiling today is a concept car that embodies the essential elements that Genesis pursues in its designs. Please take a moment to meet the future of Genesis design through this concept car, which embodies our brand's progressive and audacious spirit," said Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis Brand.
The stunning design uses the signature Genesis "Two Lines" element that graces existing models like the G80 and GV80. We are particularly mesmerized by the low silhouette and prominent crest grille upfront. Genesis designed the grille with a G-matrix pattern to emphasize its electric underpinnings. The hood and fender are integrated into one single panel-based clamshell hood, creating a cleaner surface.
Looking down the side, the arching Parabolic Line continues down the vehicle's length, giving it a curvaceous profile. There are plenty of concept-only design elements here, such as the digital side mirrors, slide-to-open charging door, and massive two-layered, turbine-type five-spoke wheels. The lime green brake calipers could make it to production, though.
At the back, the Genesis X features a short decklid with a unique body shape. It's meant to evoke the shape of a horseshoe, according to Genesis, giving a strong but sophisticated impression. The whole car is finished in a new color called Lencois Blue, inspired by the lagoons at the Maranhenses National Park in Brazil. These lagoons only form during the rainy season and represent the sustainable luxury Genesis wants to pursue with this car.
Inside, the Genesis X features a cozy-looking cabin inspired by the "beauty of white space." There are plenty of concept elements inside that likely won't make production, including wrap-around cockpit controls and differing driver and passenger seat colors. We hope that Genesis carries the cool Crystal Sphere Electronic Shift Lever with integrated driving mode settings into a production version.
The Genesis X is a four-seater with bucket seats and four-point seat belts. Genesis even exposed the metal seat frames to give an athletic impression. The interior is made using upcycled materials, including a weave-pattern fabric made from leftover leather pieces.
Genesis says the name is a combination of the brand and the letter X, which represents a "hidden hero." We aren't sure how X fits into the company's current naming scheme involving the letter G (assuming it will become a production model) since the name "GX" already belongs to Lexus.
"The Genesis X Concept can be described as the ultimate vision of Athletic Elegance, the inherent design language of Geneses," added SangYup Lee, Head of Genesis' Global Design. "The signature Two Lines theme and sustainable luxury will be blueprints for the futuristic designs and state-of-the-art technologies that Genesis seeks to adopt in its future models."
There are no mentions of a powertrain here, but we assume the Genesis X will be pretty quick. The recently-revealed Kia EV6 GT produces 576 horsepower and 538-lb-ft from two electric motors, yielding a 3.5-second 0-60 mph time. If we had to guess, a production Genesis X would be even more powerful and quicker. The Genesis GV60 is set to be the automaker's first production EV, but this Genesis X would be a wonderful follow-up.