Hid­ing in plain sight

Hyundai’s up-spec an­swer to the Lexus busted in Out­back

Herald Sun - Motoring - - Car News - JOSHUA DOWL­ING NA­TIONAL MO­TOR­ING ED­I­TOR joshua.dowl­ing@cars­guide.com.au This re­porter is on Twit­ter: @JoshuaDowl­ing

HYUNDAI’S next gen­er­a­tion Ge­n­e­sis limou­sine has been caught on cam­era in out­back Aus­tralia— two years be­fore it is due in show­rooms and just two months af­ter it was seen as a con­cept car at the Detroit mo­tor show.

An ea­gle-eyed Cars­guide reader spot­ted the camouflaged sedan in the small NSW town of Lock­hart, about 65km west of Wagga Wagga and 300km west of the na­tion’s cap­i­tal, Can­berra.

The crew had stopped for lunch be­fore head­ing fur­ther west.

CCTV footage shows the cov­ered-up test mule was in con­voy with a long-wheel­base ver­sion of the Hyundai Santa Fe SUV and an­other Hyundai sedan called the Az­era, both of which are US-only models.

An­other reader spot­ted the Ge­n­e­sis in Co­bar.

Len Bur­ton tells us: ‘‘ Left­hand-drive, white in colour, with no cam­ou­flage, and a sticker on the back in­di­cat­ing it was a test car. But, of course, I didn’t have a cam­era.’’

Hyundai Aus­tralia spokesman Bill Thomas would not com­ment on the im­ages but did say Hyundai ‘‘ reg­u­larly’’ tests lo­cal and global models in Aus­tralia. Hyundai aims to in­tro­duce the next-gen­er­a­tion Ge­n­e­sis coupe in Aus­tralia within the next two years but Cars­guide un­der­stands the lux­ury sedan is not yet con­firmed.

Hyundai engi­neers use Aus­tralia as one of their lo­ca­tions for hot-weather test­ing. Two pro­to­types from Hyundai’s sis­ter com­pany Kia are also in Aus­tralia un­der­go­ing test­ing at the moment.

Spot­ted: The Hyundai Ge­n­e­sis on a test run in­NSW

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