The car, which has a front engine/rear drive mechanical layout, is the first Genesis model to appear since a new design team headed by ex-Bentley design chief Luc Donckerwolke took over at the company. Little is being revealed at present about how the Concept’s hybrid system works, but it is almost certain that the system will eventually be shared with Genesis’ related marques.
The New York Concept, which continues the Genesis design theme of “athletic elegance” established in several concepts including the full-size G90 saloon, is understood to be reminiscent of the forthcoming G70; a four-door saloon car, Genesis is carefully positioning it to steal sales in the premium compact executive market and, in turn, gain a foothold in one of the world’s toughest sectors.
The Concept has a long bonnet, with its cabin located rearwards in a classic sporty layout. It has a prominent, upright grille and strong horizontal headlights to reinforce the impression. “A proper front engine and rear drive layout with a long dash-to-axle distance is essential to our luxury design language,” explained Donckerwolke.