2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan First Look
A Renewed Beginning
Six model years after Hyundai’s first rear-drive sedan arrived, the second-generation 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan has been revealed at the 2014 Detroit auto show. For its sophomore act, the 2015 Genesis sedan debuts the automaker’s Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design language. Hyundai also gave the 2015 Genesis more standard and available features including more safety tech, an improved chassis, and optional all-wheel drive.
Since it was introduced on the midsize 2009 Sonata sedan, Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture has been the automaker’s guiding design language. The 2015 Hyundai Genesis sedan introduces the next-generation of the design language: Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, which is said to incorporate “fluid aesthetics, the modern Hyundai look, and premium ambience.” Hyundai calls the 2015 Genesis sedan a “simple and harmonic design with refined fluidic elements.”
Up front, the 2015 Genesis sedan features a bold hexagonal grille with a chrome surround and horizontal slats flanked by available HID headlights, LED turn signals, and LED foglights. The hood features two distinct creases from the grille toward the A-pillar. Another bodyline travels from the top corner of the grille across the top of the headlight cluster and down the side, bisecting the front and rear door handles, where it meets the taillamps. A lower chrome side molding emphasizes the sculpted lower design. The green house features a faster C-pillar than the current car for more of coupe-like appearance. Around back, jeweled LED taillamps, small trunk lid kick-up, and quad exhaust tips give it a sportier feel.
The 2015 Genesis sedan’s sedan has been revised with a simpler and more intuitive switch layout, while the audio/infotainment system blends better with the dashboard. New interior design and materials reduce glare. Trim options include genuine aluminum and real matte-finish wood. The 2015 Genesis sedan’s seats feature revised seat padding for improved support and better posture. Up front, 12-way power seats include four-way power lumbar adjustments as well as heat and ventilation. The driver’s seat features power bolsters and cushion extension, while heated rear seats are available. Double stitching replaces single stitching on the seats. Available manual rear sunshades add privacy, while a new available panoramic moonroof enhances outward visibility.
In addition to nine standard airbags, the 2015 Genesis sedan features Hyundai’s “Sensory Surround Safety” system of active safety technologies including Land Departure Warning System (LDWS), Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), Smart Cruise Control (SCC) with stop-and-start function, Emergency Steering Support that helps avoid a front collision, Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD) that informs driver’s on cars equipped with a Head-Up Display (HUD), Lane Change Assist (LCA), Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), and Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA).
The auto-leveling HID headlights also feature High-beam Assist (HBM) that automatically switches between low- and high-beams depending on forward and oncoming traffic. The parking assistance system uses bumper-mounted ultrasonic sensors to aide in parking lot maneuvering. Object distance levels are displayed on the center console screen along with the rear view camera view. To prevent unsafe CO2 levels and drowsy driving, the 2015 Genesis sedan is equipped with a glove box-mounted CO2 sensor that switches between recirculated and outside air. Hyundai claims the CO2 sensor is an automotive first.
Available driver conveniences include a hands-free truck-opening system, Head-Up Display (HUD), electronic parking brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold, and standard push-button start. The hands-free truck-opening system automatically opens the trunk if the key fob is detected within a few feet of the rear of the vehicle for more than three seconds), while the HUD can display speed and speed limit, SCC status, navigation, BDS, LDWS, and audio information.
Two Lexicon Discrete Logic 7 Surround audio and navigation systems are available. The base 14-speaker Lexicon system features a 12-channel DSP amplifier with 900-watts of equivalent power and an 8.0-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth, navigation, satellite radio and HD radio as well as available apps. Stepping up to the premium 17-speaker system adds a 9.2-inch 720p navigation screen with more graphic details, 64GB solid state drive (30GB of useable storage), SiriusXM radio, iPod/USB and auxiliary inputs, and Gracenote album art. Full addresses can now be recognized by the voice-recognition system. The navigation system now shows the exact lane the car needs to be in as well as the actual road signs the driver will see during the next maneuver.
Hyundai’s next-generation infotainment system integrates Apple’s Siri-powered Eyes Free mode, SD navigation, Pandora smartphone integration, SoundHound integration with internal modem, and Sirius Travel Link and Traffic (sports scores and schedules, stock ticker, movie times, fuel prices, weather/alerts). The standard instrument cluster features a 4.3-inch TFT LCD display, while a 7.0-inch display is available.
The 2015 Genesis sedan is the first model to get the automaker’s updated second-generation Blue Link system that includes destination search powered by Google, remote vehicle start, automatic collision notification and SOS emergency assistance. New apps are also available including Genesis Intelligent Assistant app and Blue Link Google Glass app. The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app links with the owner’s smartphone camera to send proactive notifications and recommendations to the owner’s smartphone including reminders to warm up/cool-off the car based on outside temperature, departure times based on current traffic, gas stations as well as vehicle health status. The Hyundai Blue Link Google Glass app allows remote vehicle start and door lock/unlock, remotely find and direct the owner to the car, point-of-interest search to the vehicle navigation system, gas station search, contact roadside assistance, talk to Blue Link agent, and locate a nearby dealer.
Hyundai claims the 2015 Genesis sedan’s redesigned platform doesn’t share any components with the current model. With 50 percent high-strength steel, the new chassis has 16 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and has 40 percent more bending rigidity than the outgoing model. The automaker also claims those figures are higher than the BMW 5 Series sedan. Other chassis upgrades include reinforced body and mounting points as well as new manufacturing techniques such as laser welding, new hot stamping and dipping methods for the B-pillar and roof sides. Aluminum front shock towers are stiffened by a diamond-shaped strut bar for better steering feel.
More travel from the redesigned front and rear five-link suspensions improves ride, handling, and steering feel. Stronger standard 18-inch and available 19-inch alloy wheels enhance vehicle response. Available on the 2015 Genesis 5.0, the Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension offers Normal and Sport modes. Additionally, the 2015 Genesis sedan features a Rack-mounted Motor Driven Electric Power Steering (R-MDPS) with a Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) that improves high-speed stability and gives a more natural feel at lesser speeds.
Hyundai says the stiffer structure and revised suspension tuning and improved sound deadening and door sealing has improved vehicle NVH and decreased interior road and wind noise.
While the 2015 Genesis sedan’s engines and transmission are familiar, all-wheel-drive is offered for the first time. Still powered by direct-injected 3.8-liter V-6 and 5.0-liter V-8 engines; the power ratings have been revised. The 3.8-liter V-6 is rated 311 hp and 293 lb-ft of torque (down 22 hp and up 2 lb-ft), while the 5.0-liter V-8 is rated 420 hp and 383 lb-ft (down 9 hp and up 7 lb-ft). Hyundai says both engines feature offer a flatter torque curve available from lower rpms.
Both engines are mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels. The 2015 Genesis sedan is the first model available with Hyundai’s new multi-mode HTRAC all-wheel-drive system that features an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. Driver-selectable modes include Normal, Eco, and Sport. Hyundai tuned its new all-wheel drive system for various conditions including straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, hill starts, and varying weather conditions. The HTRAC system, which only adds 165 pounds to the car, can direct more power to the rear wheels for more efficient and quieter highway cruising.