Hyundai luxury brand Genesis has revealed a striking new GT called the Essentia Concept that will inspire a production model destined for Europe by 2022.
Set to spearhead the brand’s entry into Europe, the all-electric four-seater is on show in New York with the suggestion that it previews the design and technology of Genesis’s future model.
The Essentia Concept is built around a carbonfibre monocoque, powered by a multi-motor electric powertrian and uses high-density battery packs. Genesis has not revealed whether the batteries are solid-state, which is considered to be the next battery breakthrough at the start of the next decade.
The car’s design is said to have benefitted from the more efficient packaging of the electric architecture. Its look is heavily inspired by classic grand tourers of yesteryear, with a long bonnet, double bubble roof and taught rear. Two butterfly doors enable wide access to both rows of seating. They open automatically using fingerprint controls or biometric facial recognition, which uses a sensor mounted in the B-pillar.
Inside, classic design features are mixed with modern technology. The seats have chevron quilting, while the dashboard takes the form of a classic sports car’s, but houses a wide infotainment display. Much of the cabin has been produced using 3D printing; the carbonfibre trim is produced with a 3D layering technique.