New two-door Hyundai concept previews next-generation Genesis Coupé, but it's unlikely to come to the UK
Darren Moss
17 August 2015

Hyundai has previewed the look of its upcoming Genesis Coupé with a new concept, dubbed the Vision G, which has made its public debut at the Pebble Beach Concours.

The two-door, four-seat concept, described as “Hyundai’s inspiration for its family of future premium products”, was primarily designed in the US under the guidance of design boss Peter Schreyer. Its styling is described as “understated”, and is based around the idea that “one doesn’t need to shout to be noticed and respected”.

Among the car’s styling highlights are its large front grille, which sports a different design from the one worn by Hyundai’s current range-topping saloon, the Genesis. The sloping rear end features new light cluster designs, while the car’s dual exhausts are incorporated into the rear bumper. Inside, leather and wood trim feature as part of a minimalist design.

Among the new technologies fitted to the car is a system that opens the doors automatically when the driver approaches.

The Vision G Concept Coupé is powered by a 5.0-litre V8 engine with 414bhp and 383lb ft of torque - the same engine that already powers the Genesis saloon in the US.

While Hyundai says elements from the car will be used to inform its future products, the Vision G concept is understood to most closely preview the upcoming Genesis Coupé; the car is even badged 'Genesis' inside and out.

Spotted testing as early as last year, the Genesis Coupé was originally scheduled to be revealed in production-ready form later this year before going on sale in key markets including North America soon after. However, it’s understood that Hyundai is currently evaluating whether to put the concept into production.

If the Genesis Coupé does make production, it’s extremely unlikely to come to the UK - even though the Genesis saloon is offered here.

Speaking at the launch of the concept, Schreyer said: “The design is our interpretation of the idea that Hyundai breathes into all of its vehicles – a DNA that balances design and performance with the idea that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues.”

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12 August 2015
I like it, but it is clearly based on a an amalgam of Bentley, Jaguar, BMW & Mercedes. There's even a hint of those master forgers of old, Lexus. So a copy of the copiers if you will. All of these brands have been fed into a computer and this is what was spat out.
Still as a halo model, I guess it might work and loads of US buyers don't know any better, so they may choose to make it.
Hyundai have been responsible for some of the most depressing designs of the last 20 years. so at least this is a step in a positive direction, even if there is no hint of originality.

12 August 2015
Hyundai may not have the brand power of the Aston Martin or Bentley otherwise this should worry them.

12 August 2015
Bentley badges & tail, Audi grille & C pillar, Aston bonnet, Merc CLS glass house and flanks, interior from any number of previous concepts. That said, it looks pretty tasty doesn't it? Given they have form in putting a pretty coupe on the road (one that looked like a mini Ferrari 450GT), bring it on!

12 August 2015
This looks really good, although I'm surprised Hyundai/Kia haven't done what Toyota and Nissan did, and create a luxury brand

13 August 2015
superstevie wrote:

This looks really good, although I'm surprised Hyundai/Kia haven't done what Toyota and Nissan did, and create a luxury brand

I read somewhere, some time back, Hyundai were considering setting up 'Genesis' as a premium brand with its own range of models, separate from the rest of the company's Hyundai/Kia volume ranges.

Not sure what became of that idea, but clearly Genesis is now just the name of a model, all be it the luxury/executive model, under the Hyundai badge.

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