In the beginning, there was the 2008 Genesis, and it was good. Well, it was okay… definitely a well-spirited first effort. For the 2015 model year, there will also be a Genesis, and it will be better. Building on what it learned with the first-gen model, Hyundai unveiled the second-generation 2015 Genesis Sedan at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The new luxury sedan rides on a new platform, has a new design, improved driving dynamics, better safety, and enough tech wizardry to make your smartphone jealous.
The wizardry consists of a myriad of driver-focused technologies that range from a new design pattern to decrease interior reflections while brightening dashboard surfaces, an iOS and a Google Glass app called Genesis Intelligent Assistant that combines Blue Link features (such as remote start and lock/unlock) with other items of convenience, such as searching for the nearest gas station. The 2015 Genesis also incorporates the very first iteration of Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode, which will enable drivers to perform a variety of in-car tasks on their Apple devices solely by using voice commands.
But perhaps even more important is the fact that Hyundai is finally making its HTRAC all-wheel drive system available in the otherwise rear-wheel drive sedan, a circumstance that should help boost the vehicle’s sales in snowy regions. A variety of active driver safety technologies are also added, one of which is dubbed Sensory Surround Safety. It includes Hyundai’s first Automatic Emergency Braking system that combines Smart Cruise Control with the Lane Departure Warning system to effectively predict a coming collision and slow you down to the speed of traffic.
Power from the standard 3.8-liter “Lambda” V6 remains at 311, and that from the optional 5.0-liter V8 is 420. Both engines are mated to the same eight-speed automatic transmission.
All that, and it looks rather hot, too — thanks to Hyundai’s signature Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design.