We check out the Mint Concept in the metal.
Genesis, Hyundai’s young luxury arm, has a history of bringing fresh concepts to the New York International Auto Show. It all started back with the eponymous 2016 New York Concept, a sleek midsize sedan, which was followed by the GV80 SUV in 2017, and the jaw-dropping Essentia electric GT at last year’s show. For the 2019 New York Auto Show, Genesis didn’t disappoint, taking the wraps off the Genesis Mint Concept, a vision of an electric luxury city-car.
While Genesis didn’t reveal any measurements, the diminutive Mint features room for two passengers, and sits hunkered down, low to the ground. Designed as a joint effort between the company’s studios in Germany, the US, and South Korea, the wheels are pushed out wide and there are minuscule front and rear overhangs. Wraparound full-width headlights and taillights work to emphasize the car’s width and squat design.
The Mint is sprayed in a matte shade of Hunter Green, while a silver chrome trim piece and high-gloss black finish create a trendy floating-roof appearance up top. The dramatic roofline and rear haunches are pure concept car, as are the rear-hinged scissor doors that provide access to the luggage compartment instead of a conventional hatchback. The flashy chrome wheels echo the layered look seen on the front and rear bumpers and along the side of the Mint.
Inside, a leather bench seat holds two passengers and can swivel in conjunction with the instrument panel. A rectangular display sits in the center of the squared-off steering wheel, and is surrounded by six more small circular displays. The floor, cargo area, and pedals feature a matrix design theme, while the remainder of the interior has a minimalistic design. Few details were given on the all-electric powertrain, except that it would provide a range of 200 miles of range on a single charge and the ability to utilize a 350-kW quick-charger.