Genesis' Essentia concept electrifies NY auto show

Genesis Essentia Concept is an EV GT to put Tesla to shame

"I'm pushing for it", said Manfred Fitzgerald, global head of Genesis, which is Hyundai's luxury brand.

Genesis continued its evolution as a luxury brand with its first-ever concept vehicle, the Essentia. Essentia is the brand's initial concept for a true GT auto and challenges the status quo as the ultimate manifestation of Genesis design and engineering.

The stunning and sleek vehicle is built of a lightweight carbon fiber monocoque (meaning the chassis is integrated into the car's body) and is powered by a multi-motor electric powertrain. The folks at Genesis took inspiration from iconic Gran Turismo proportions, with a long bonnet and a swept-back cabin for the design, and we are truly impressed by it. Going by the latest line of Genesis conceptual studies, the Essentia Concept is indeed unique from others and previews several design elements that could be made available in the Hyundai's luxury division's future vehicles.

Butterfly doors offer both some visual drama and a more accessible cabin, and Genesis has thrown in some high tech gadgetry too with fingerprint scanning and biometric facial recognition for locking and unlocking the vehicle. Visible through the transparent hood is the advanced carbon fiber chassis, pronounced formula car-style nose cone, as well as the exposed, pushrod suspension. Intakes positioned left and right of the Crest Grille function as air curtains, pushing airflow around the front corners. Functional air outlets located just behind the front wheels reduce pressure buildup and contribute to reduced drag. At the rear, we notice an aerodynamic surface and special Quad Lights. We remember the Genesis Coupe, a small affordable sports vehicle that was sold by Hyundai. They open automatically using fingerprint controls or biometric facial recognition, which uses a sensor mounted in the B-pillar. The seats themselves are upholstered in Cognac leather with chevron quilting, while a slim centre console wrapped in blue leather separates driver and front passenger. It'll have plenty of work to do there: Genesis is sold at only 100 USA dealers nationwide, compared with more than 300 for those bigger brands. The battery pack is contained within the car's center tunnel inside an L-shape structure. According to the automaker, this allows the Essentia to maintain its signature look without compromising interior space.

While Genesis did not reveal all the technical details, the concept does get full electrification.

There is a lot here too, but the short version is that Genesis wants the Essentia to be connected to the world around it.

Tech wise, the Essentia features both vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle communication.

The auto will also connect to your smart home not that you would ever want to go back to your house if you ever got behind the wheel of the the Essentia.

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