TURN UP THE HEAT

HYUNDAI’S HOT HATCH MAKES ALL THE RIGHT NOISES

Herald Sun - Motoring - - FRONT PAGE - JOSHUA DOWLING

Do not ad­just your eyes. This is not a new As­ton Martin su­per­car.

It’s a con­cept by Hyundai’s lux­ury brand Ge­n­e­sis and is a pointer to a new lux­ury coupe in the not-too-dis­tant fu­ture.

The Essen­tia is pow­ered by elec­tric­ity; the bat­tery is in the “spine” of the car to lower the cen­tre of grav­ity and op­ti­mise cabin space.

The show­room ver­sion won’t look as dar­ing as this over-the-top de­sign, made from light­weight car­bon-fi­bre.

This ex­ag­ger­ated styling ex­er­cise is in­stead a hint of the new de­sign di­rec­tion for Ge­n­e­sis, namely the pointier grille and head­lights with twin hor­i­zon­tal LED bars.

The head of Ge­n­e­sis de­sign, Luc Don­ck­er­wolke, says the Essen­tia is “the per­fect base to project our DNA in the fu­ture” and that the lux­ury coupe “high­lights our am­bi­tion as a lux­u­ri­ous car brand for the con­nois­seurs”.

Hyundai would not dis­close whether the Essen­tia is rear-drive or all-wheel-drive.

How­ever, given the press blurb says it has “mul­ti­ple” elec­tric mo­tors and claims a 0100km/h time close to a su­per­car-quick 3.0 sec­onds, we reckon it’s safe bet that the fully elec­tric ver­sion may be all-wheel-drive, with elec­tric mo­tors front and rear rather than “mul­ti­ple” mean­ing one for each rear wheel.

It’s also a safe bet that the pro­duc­tion ver­sion will be avail­able with tra­di­tional power — per­haps from the brand’s re­cently in­tro­duced twin-turbo V6 — as well as the op­tion of a petrol-elec­tric hy­brid.

The space­ship-style interior of the show car has “Co­gnac leather seats with her­ring­bone quilting”, a slim cen­tre con­sole cov­ered in blue and red leather, and blue vel­vet for the roof trim.

Al­though the show car’s “but­ter­fly wing” doors are a flight of fancy and un­likely for pro­duc­tion, what we can de­rive from all this ex­cite­ment is that Ge­n­e­sis mod­els of the fu­ture will have large, widescreen dig­i­tal dash dis­plays, pointier grilles and the op­tion of elec­tric power.

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