The Genesis sedan helped a lot Hyundai to establish its beachhead, since its debut in 2009. This well-appointed, big four-door can carry to meetings a small executive staff as smooth as it can carry the local AYSO team having young stars. Even better, it does this for less than the typical cover charge for Japanese and European premium sedans. This sedan aims place the model among the traditional choices without any rely on the value proposition only. The 2015 Genesis provides a new rear-wheel-drive platform having a 3-inch-longer wheelbase eclipsing both the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and BMW 5 Series. The rear seats are provided with most of the extra space. However, the existing 420-hp 5.0-liter V8 and 311-horsepower 3.8-liter V6 engines carry over and continue to transmit power through an automatic eight-speed transmission. Availability of the new all-wheel-drive is expected to make it more appealing to shoppers in the Snow Belt.
Since the Genesis is not primarily a sporty sedan, an optional driver-adjustable Sport mode alters suspension and steering, transmission settings for more aggressive and responsive driving when the mood is so. It gets a vast update in the interior with revised center console and center stack layouts, a larger navigation display, a tasteful blend of aluminum, wood and metallic trim and more dash curves. The center console retains the dial-and-button media controller also.
The Genesis offers two new innovations also. One is a hands-free trunk-opening system that pops up the lid when the driver stands for 3 seconds next to the trunk. The other is a CO2 sensor that opens outside vents automatically if it detects drowsiness inducing levels of human C02 emissions. It will be available for sale this spring and, since prices are not yet announced yet, is expected to be in its current range of $36,000-$44,000. These facts should offer tough competition to other luxury sedans including the BMW 5 Series, Acura RLX and Lincoln MKZ.