Currently reading: New Genesis Mint concept is quirky electric city car
Hyundai-owned premium brand claims model has 200-mile range and is capable of 350kW charging
Rachel Burgess
2 mins read
17 April 2019

The Genesis Mint concept is a premium city car that promises to be “highly manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive,” according to the Hyundai-owned luxury car brand.

The two-door electric Mint, revealed at the New York motor show, is claimed to offer 200 miles of range and is capable of 350kW fast-charging.

If it were to make production, an intention not yet confirmed, it would be an unusual move for a premium car maker. The majority of makers are opting to produce larger electric vehicles, which answer the ongoing demand for SUVs, better suit the requirements of a battery pack and can justify a more expensive price tag.

The Mint’s closest rival is the upcoming Honda E, which the Japanese manufacturer says will become its flagship model, thanks to innovative technology and a high specification. Launching next year and expected to cost around £35,000, it will be more practical than the Mint, with four seats and a boot.

The Mint ditches a traditional boot in favour of a parcel shelf accessed by scissor-style side openings, which have been built with a low load-in point for easy access.

The concept's three-box design features short front and rear overhangs, wrap-around light bands and a 'crest' grille with a slight opening to cool the battery pack. 

The G-Matrix pattern is also used for efficient cooling and airflow around the lower half of the vehicle and forms the basis for the aerodynamic wheel design, says Genesis.

Inside, the Mint is simplistic, inspired by the Korean tradition of embracing empty space. The centre console, which features a control knob, can be folded turning the front bench into a settee. There is also automatic swivelling of the instrument panel and bench seat for easy ingress and egress.


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The oblong steering wheel is surrounded by six small screens, while a seventh is flush in the steering wheel and displays key information.

A Genesis spokesman said: “The Mint concept introduces the all-electric luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.”

Genesis currently focuses on US and Asian markets, but the brand intends to launch in Europe, including the UK, next year. Brand boss Manfred Fitzgerald told Autocar last year that the maker will “focus on the UK” and build right-hand drive models. 

He added that it will launch its entire line-up, including saloons and SUVs. “To launch the brand, you come with an entire product portfolio. It’s not about volume. If it were, then you would go for a specific body type. Instead, it’s a brand-building exercise.”

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17 April 2019

I like the floor.

17 April 2019

Like the love child of an A110 and a Veloster hit the roids.

17 April 2019

 Some interesting ideas here, I like the Boot access, not practical I guess, but different, the interior is a bit out there, the shape of the car is good too, I’d like the range to be about a hundred miles more though.

17 April 2019

Reminds me of a crz crossed with a scirocco. I think it looks great both inside and out.

17 April 2019

Wow, that is nice.  Thing is, though, I'm so old that I know concept cars look nothing like the car that finally gets to market.  They add another set of doors (like is coming to that Honda EV - shame) which completely changes the styling every time.  Look at the original Yeti.  They showed a four door concept, but cleverly hid the rear door handles...but not when they came out with the market version!  It went from a funky '4x4' to a rather boring large hatchback.  The worst one yet though is the Dacia Duster.  It went from beautiful to ugly...


17 April 2019

Which part of this shouts 'City Car' ?

Its a joke!

17 April 2019

Get the balance right, as the song goes, and with faster charging times a smaller battery with a limited range will be fine for most. 

> 200kwh chargers are a big advance in the BEV world

17 April 2019

I'm no electrician, meant kW not kwh.

17 April 2019

I like the idea of a small but luxurious electric city/urban run-about.  I think the styling is great and doesn't follow the typical one box formula usually applied to cars of this size.  Making it a 2 seater with avergage luggage capcity makes sense if you look at the number of passengers that would usually be carried in personal transport used in urban/city locations.

17 April 2019

Love the looks, that duck billed arse (and the butterfly wings) take it to another level of cool/weird/funky. Such a shame that the concept inerior will probably never see light of day again, to be supplanted by the default grey/black plastics.

Not foe me, though, because...

1 No room, got all 11 of Dad's cars here

2 Loving the V12tdi-ness of 'my' Q7


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