For over a year now we’ve been hearing bits and pieces from Hyundai regarding the concept they revealed in 2015 for a Santa Cruz pickup truck – and for most of that time they have remained just that – rumours and gossip. 2016 started off with a proverbial bang, however, with announcements for refreshes and updates on current generation Hyundai models as well as some interesting reveals at the Detroit Auto Show.
At the Chicago Auto Show we got to see the introduction of the 2017 model Santa Fe and Santa Fe sport models – adding revised headlights, taillights, and fasciae, these impressive SUVs have been given a little love over their 2016 options. Alongside the cosmetic changes, Hyundai has upped the technology options – which was rather expected, but all the same appreciated.
Unfortunately for those who were expecting more news about the pickup variant, however, Hyundai’s reveal do not give us any additional information to support or entirely refute the option for this year or even the following one.
That said, Hyundai has just revealed the launch of its new Genesis luxury line – with the intention of offering drivers 6 vehicles by 2020, so, there is the lingering possibility that we’ll be hearing more about the next wave of Hyundai’s other products after the excitement over the new marque has calmed.
We’ll keep offering you more information as it develops!
Hyundai Ioniq rumoursLet’s get one thing – as the fourth largest vehicle manufacturer Hyundai’s certainly got a lot going on for it and for those who drive their lineup. With the recent announcement that they are taking the Genesis name and establishing a new marque for luxury vehicles – with a projection that shows 6 vehicles launching […]
Let’s get one thing – as the fourth largest vehicle manufacturer Hyundai’s certainly got a lot going on for it and for those who drive their lineup. With the recent announcement that they are taking the Genesis name and establishing a new marque for luxury vehicles – with a projection that shows 6 vehicles launching under the new brand name by 2020 – this is going to be a fun few years.
Alongside the official announcement that the new sub-division luxury brand is going to move forward – a fact that we aren’t surprised by in the least, given the recent addition of Albert Biermann, whose 32 years working for BMW, has been heralded as one of the most strategic moves Hyundai has made towards truly innovative luxury-class vehicle development.
In this way we can expect a lot of innovative vehicles from Hyundai on the horizon – but that isn’t to say that there aren’t a number preparing to wow drivers even sooner!
The Ioniq is proof that Hyundai is paying very close attention to consumers and fulfilling guarantees that they would deliver products that aim to outcompete rival automakers. You might ask: “How is the Ioniq doing all of this?”
Well, the Ioniq adds its name to a select list of alternative-fuel compact cars, with over four years of conceptualization that shook the market back in 2012 when an early model was unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show. Representatives from Hyundai stated that they would have a fully realized model ready in 4 years and, after that, little was revealed.
Specs have been slowly released and they have been good.
No. Not good. They’ve been downright great! Internal reports show that the Ioniq is the most hybridized car released by Hyundai to date, with electric (BEV), plug-in gasoline/electric hybrid (PHEV), or gasoline/electric hybrid (HEV) powertrains offered for the first time in automotive history to be available in all three options. Head of Hyundai Motor R&D Center Woong-Chul Yang does a pretty great breakdown for the purpose of the vehicle here:
“Hyundai Motor has a heritage of building innovative, fuel-efficient vehicles, so we are proud to advance our eco-friendly car line-up with the introduction of IONIQ. Our vision for future mobility focuses on choice, with a variety of powertrain options to suit customers’ varied lifestyles, without compromising on design or driving enjoyment. IONIQ embodies Hyundai Motor’s vision to shift the automotive paradigm and future mobility; IONIQ is the fruit of our efforts to become the leader in the global green car market.”
Motor Authority has offered seemingly accurate reports that the hybrid and plug-in hybrid variants will utilize an Atkinson-cycle 1.6-liter, four-cylinder engine tuned to produce approximately 105 horsepower and 108 lb-ft of torque. The 43-horsepower electric motor will be connected to a lithium-ion battery pack, and the drivetrain’s total output will be sent to the front wheels through an effective six-speed, dual-clutch transmission.
We’ll know more in March when it debuts in Europe at the Geneva Auto Show, with anticipation that you’ll be able to get a close look at them in North America come April in time for the New York Auto Show.
Hyundai Genesis luxury brand rumoursWho is Albert Biermann and why you should care? Let’s start with why you should care because the answer to that relates directly with the new Genesis luxury brand. While those familiar with Hyundai will, understandably, find themselves focusing on the Genesis and Genesis Sedan vehicles – there’s more to it than that. Hyundai will […]
Who is Albert Biermann and why you should care? Let’s start with why you should care because the answer to that relates directly with the new Genesis luxury brand. While those familiar with Hyundai will, understandably, find themselves focusing on the Genesis and Genesis Sedan vehicles – there’s more to it than that.
Hyundai will now officially use the nameplate for branding their luxury car division. The news comes with an announcement that there will be six-vehicles launching under the Genesis marque by 2020. Concepts include the Vision G Coupe, and the changes come in tandem with a reveal that Kia Motors, a sister company partly owned by Hyundai, will be developing a sedan to go head-to-head with BMW and Audi, codenamed “CK”, and expected to hit the market in May 2017.
Back to Hyundai – the new Genesis brand will operate independently under Hyundai, and expects to pose a serious threat to the luxury divisions including Lexus, Acura, and Infiniti.
The Genesis marque will start with a new naming convention – “G” – followed by a number. Hyundai Motor Company Vice Chairman Euisun Chung had this to say about the move:
“We have created this new Genesis brand with a complete focus on our customers who want smart ownership experiences that save time and effort, with practical innovations that enhance satisfaction. The Genesis brand will fulfill these expectations, becoming a market leader through our human-centered brand strategy.”
In an expected move, Hyundai has stated that the Equus and Genesis Sedan models will be slotted under the new Genesis brand name, with plans to include a mid-size SUV in a similar category as the Lexus RX.
Just last month in January, 2016, Hyundai showed off the new G90 – a full-size sedan, alongside news that they would produce a coupe model called, at the time of this article, the G70. With two-doors, the model is likely to have many of the qualities presented on the Vision G Concept car, possibly equipped with a twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre V6 engine present on a number of the current-generation Hyundai and Kia models.
Now, back to the other point – who is Albert Biermann?
Biermann is a highly-recognized member of the automotive industry, particularly on the development side, with an impressively long resume that includes a profound presence on the BMW vehicle line. His name can be immediately connected to the M3 and the M5, with the qualifications behind him stemming from his position as head of the M performance division unity. How much influence did Biermann have? Well, after 32 years working for the same company you can bet that the answer is: quite a bit.
Recently, Biermann has taken up a position with Hyundai’s new Genesis luxury brand – and has stated that it is his belief that every car can be made a hero given the right guidance and engineering. Clearly, Hyundai knows what they want and have attracted the right people to plot the course forward and while the journey may not be easy, the prospects looks good and the concepts, insofar as they have been revealed, look great. You can be sure that the team at Langley Hyundai will keep reporting as more official information is revealed on the new Genesis brand.
When you watch a commercial or read a review about the new Genesis Sedan there’s one thing that comes across from the automaker in a direct and absolute way: confidence. Now, while there are certainly situations that would have you take this confidence as arrogance for Hyundai it couldn’t be further from the truth.
The new Genesis 5.0 Sedan is exactly what it promises to be: stylish, effective, fun to drive, and priced right. Whether you want to focus on the fact that there are some really remarkable customization options or the technological features that stand up in a sea of bland and established norms – the Genesis makes a name for itself simply by addressing the expectations of drivers in this modern driving landscape.
Note that you’ll find things that you’d expect, such as advanced airbags, blind spot detection with rear cross traffic alert and then appreciate the additions that range from lane change assist, front and rear parking assistance sensors, front and rear parking sensors, adaptive cruise control, all the way up the list to stop-and-go fuel-saving capabilities.
We’re not done yet – lane departure warning, lane keeping assist system, and continuous damping control suspension – all built into a comfortable vehicle that speaks volumes about the future for Hyundai. Inside, you’ll sit down on heated and ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, heated integrated steering wheel, and leather seating surfaces, dual-zone climate control and auto-defogging systems to keep you comfortable and safe on the road.
Take control with your command centre – a 9.2-inch navigation system with multimedia controller, a head up display, and 17 speaker Lexicon Discrete Logic 7 surround sound system.
The Sedan is offered with two highly-effective engine options related to trim level. Either the 3.8-litre GDI DOHC V6, which, at 311 horsepower is no Sunday driver, or the 5.0-litre GDI V8 Tau Engine with 420 horsepower, this is definitely a vehicle worth experiencing for yourself!
Let yourself make an impression when you’re in the city or out on the highways on an adventure with everything you’d expect from a vehicle that has the future in sight. Note the quality of real fine grain wood and the soft leather seats – there’s a punctuation point everywhere you look on the Genesis and more than that – it’s a car that you’ll want to drive for years and years to come.
Moving on to the buying point – reminding you that the best way to appreciate the Genesis is to get behind one and take it for a test drive. After all, a car that has this commitment to quality and consideration is one that needs to be recognized – but that’s what you get when you with a brand known for high-end luxury. Join us today at Langley Hyundai and let our team of professionals assist you in finding the model that best reflects your needs on the road – we’re sure you’re going to love everything the Genesis has to offer!
Oh, and for all the features that you’d expect to find on the Genesis you would be looking at paying a minimum of $10,000 more to match it – a disruptive addition to the market that has already proven itself against brands claiming to have a step up in quality – it will certainly be interesting to see where they go next!
The Hyundai Genesis coupe – the car that brought back RWD in a dark timeThere has been a lot of discussion over the years about the advantages and disadvantages of rear-wheel drive as opposed to front-wheel drive vehicles – with more movement away from the traditions of rear-wheel drive and a harder focus on the front-wheel drive optimization process – in many ways, it seemed as though it was […]
There has been a lot of discussion over the years about the advantages and disadvantages of rear-wheel drive as opposed to front-wheel drive vehicles – with more movement away from the traditions of rear-wheel drive and a harder focus on the front-wheel drive optimization process – in many ways, it seemed as though it was the closing on an era that saw the RWD vehicles declining to nearly inconsequential numbers – but then the Hyundai Genesis Coupe had something else to say about the situation.
Why is it such an important step towards a RWD renaissance? Simple – the Genesis Coupe is the first rear-wheel drive sports coupe that Hyundai has ever produced and shares the same platform as the renowned luxury sedan model.
Arriving in Korea on October 13, 2008 – the Genesis Coupe was quick to remind drivers why RWD still mattered to sporty cars with a knack for impressing passersby and drivers alike. Originally equipped with the 2.0-litre Turbo Theta I-4 engine, the Genesis Coupe was prepared to get you moving with an impressive 210 horsepower or, if you so desired, could be elected with models equipped with the 3.8-litre Lambda V6 engine that provided a startling 306 horsepower.
Thanks to its position as a rear-wheel drive vehicle, the Genesis Coupe was showcased at the 2008 New York International Auto Show performing incredible powerslides and burnouts without delay or hesitation – a fact that has simply been removed since the overall change to the FWD preference. Upon launch there were 8 models to choose from, with everything from a base turbo model through to the premium-inspired 3.8 Track (marketed as the GT in Canada).
Specs included stability control, 19-inch wheels, ABS, Brembo brakes, Torsen Limited slip differential, a stiffer suspension matched by electronic brake force distribution as well as summer-only Bridgestone Potenza RE050A tires.
The expected though somewhat unprecedented sales figures for the first generation Genesis Coupe have since seen updates on year-to-year and second generation formats – which launched in 2011 in Korea and followed the following year worldwide. Revisions included a more stylized bumper, and an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle-shifters or 6-speed manual transmission. Again, offered in 8 models, this Genesis Coupe came with more power from the 2.0-litre Turbo Theta I-4 engine reaching from the 210 on the previous generation to 274 on the second generation. Likewise, the Lambda engine was improved from 306 to 348 horsepower.
Dimensions stayed largely the same as well as the commitment to rear-wheel drive power and driving controls. At a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph) on the new Theta engine and a 0-100 km/h speed of just 7.2 seconds, you can understand why people have come to appreciate the Genesis Coupe – similarly, the more powerful V6 on the latest model offers a 5.9 second 0-100 km/h and a top speed of 245 km/h (152 mph).
All this is to say that there is a reason why high-velocity cars have rear-wheel drive and rather than move away from the opportunities presented by front-wheel drive options, Hyundai has remained committed to offering drivers an exceptional driving experience that is reminiscent of the sports cars that inspired it.