Just a few days back, we revealed to our readers that Hyundai Genesis sedan has arrived in India and the company might consider launching it in the country. Now, Hyundai has showcased the premium sedan at 2014 the Autocar Performance Show, which is being held at MMRA Grounds, Mumbai. The Genesis saloon is quite bigger in size than Hyundai's Sonata, which is the company's most premium offering in the country.
Talking about the exterior appearance of the Genesis saloon, it flaunts a vast six-slat chrome grille at the front fascia which is complimented immensely by the huge projector headlamps. The massive inclusions of LEDs at the front lamps and bumper reminds of the exquisite German designing by the BMW and Audi. Surprisingly, it doesn't boast the traditional Hyundai emblem; instead, it hosts a uniquely designed winged symbol. At the rear, it features LED taillamps and dual exhaust pipes. Inside the cabin, it looks as if most of the elements are sourced directly from the Santa Fe SUV, albeit more premium and luxurious. The centre console boasts a massive 9.2-inch infotainment screen with a 17-speaker hi-fi audio system. The company has used leather extensively in the interiors and almost every single element is wrapped in it.
Mechanically, Genesis is being powered by huge V6 and V8 petrol motors as compared to the Hyundai cars that are currently sold in the country. The top-end variant in-houses the flagship 5.0L V8 powertrain which dishes out an enormous power of 420 bhp. But, the chances of this motor being introduced with the saloon in India seems quite bleak as here the buyers prefer lower running costs of diesel, even in luxury cars. Also, the major difference between Genesis and other Hyundai cars is that it is a rear-wheel-drive vehicle, unlike any other company car. Usually, luxurious sedans are offered with a rear-wheel-drive only than front-wheel-drive. The launch of Hyundai Genesis in India depends upon the response of buyers at the AutoCar Show, and if it is loud enough, then Hyundai might launch it in India enroute CBU. But, owing to heavy import duties in India, it would at least cost Rs. 45 Lakhs in the country, if not more. It is direct competitor to the likes of BMW 5-Series and Audi A6.