Genesis' Electric Luxury Sports Car Features Biometrics

Genesis' Electric Luxury Sports Car Features Biometrics


Above: Hyundai Motor Vice Chairman Chung Eui-sun looks around the Genesis booth at the 2018 New York International Auto Show on Thursday.

A lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque underpins the Essentia, and while no drivetrain specifics have been revealed, a "multi-motor" electric powertrain is found under the skin. The hood is transparent so we can see the carbon fiber chassis and pushrod suspension.

Genesis' traditional grille is hinted at, but in a more abstract way, at the front. Flanking the crest grille are signature Genesis Quad Lights, first introduced on the GV80 Concept. The vents flanking it are functional, too: they act as air curtains, to streamline airflow around the front corners of the vehicle.

The rear of Essentia is defined by an aerodynamic cut-off surface that houses the flush rear Quad Lights and emphasizes the muscles of the rear haunch. The seats are made from cognac leather and herringbone quilting, while leather accents in Oxford blue provide a bit of color. The front and rear seat belt slots are composed of glass pearl finished and treated aluminum and polished aluminum.

The Essentia's interior also features a number of 3D printed components, including details made from 3D printed carbon fiber which are meant to add texture and a "sporty technical element" to the interior design.

The Genesis Essentia incorporates a highly modern cockpit, reminiscent of racing cockpit racing and, of course, like any good supercar, the butterfly doors are part of it. There's a lot of futuristic tech inside, including an advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle connectivity system.

The dashboard itself puts an 8-inch widescreen display in front of the driver, with a central controller topped with a jewel-like knob for navigation. In line with Essentia's objective as a true grand tourer, a luggage compartment behind the rear seats affords plenty of cargo room for a weekend road trip with no particular destination in mind. Genesis started out with a carbon-fiber monocoque and electric powertrain, which enabled designers to give the auto an iconic, nearly retro GT shape.

Installing the battery pack in the center tunnel, rather than under the floor, allowed the design team to keep the vehicle low, just 50 inches high. Through this, it is capable of updating the driver with up-to-the-minute road conditions to avoid jams and busy routes. Further to that, instead of simply providing the quickest or most efficient route, Essentia uses machine learning intelligence to recommend routes based on driver inclination.

There's integration with smart home equipment, and even support for mobile payments envisaged.

  • Terrell Bush