Hyundai puts Genesis into its next generation with all-wheel drive

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After the winter we have had this year in Western Pennsylvania, the launch of Hyundai’s second generation Genesis should come as welcome news. Launched at the North American International Auto Show earlier this year, Hyundai’s second-generation Genesis is coming to Pittsburgh this year offering more content than ever before, including an all-wheel drive system—the first in a Hyundai sedan.

When it was introduced in 2009, the Genesis represented a bold step for Hyundai into the luxury vehicle segment. The new 2015 Genesis is yet another step forward.

The sophisticated all-wheel drive system, known as HTRAC, should significantly broaden the vehicle’s appeal, especially here in Western Pennsylvania.

The new 2015 Genesis will be available in both rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive HTRAC versions. The latter is a multi-mode system that lets you choose between an economy, normal, sport and sport+ modes when on the road. The Genesis will also be available in either 5.0 or 3.8 versions, the designation corresponding with the engine in the vehicle.

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing a whopping 420 horsepower. The Tau engine is no stranger to awards, having been selected to Ward’s Ten Best Engine list three times. In addition to design enhancements that reduce noise, vibration and harshness and increase overall engine efficiency, the Tau engine can run on regular fuel with only a minimal reduction in peak power and no negative driving effects.

The 3.8-liter direct-injected Lambda engine is the other powerplant. Like the Tau it has been significantly upgraded for the 2015 Genesis. While not as powerful as its V8 brother, it still puts out 311 horsepower, which is more than enough to put you down the road in a big hurry.

While the first generation Genesis embraced Hyundai’s fluidic design that spread across its product lineup, the 2015 Genesis brings Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 to the Hyundai lineup. This new look is an evolution of Hyundai’s modern fluidic forms, but with a more refined and precise presentation.

The 2015 Genesis has a redesigned platform to accommodate the new HTRAC all-wheel drive system. It’s a totally new design that shares no components with the previous generation, according to Hyundai.

The new platform uses more than 50 percent high strength steel for much greater torsional rigidity than the first generation. Fully leveraging the stiffer architecture, is an all-new multi-link rear suspension with newly optimized five-link geometry and increased suspension travel for greater ride comfort.

The Continuous Damping Control suspension, available on the Genesis 5.0, helps increase the control of body roll, allowing for much sportier handling while maintaining a comfortable ride.

Special focus was also given to the development of a rack-mounted motor driven electric power steering system with a variable gear ratio, to provide high speed stability, and a more direct feel at lower to medium speeds.

In addition to its performance and handling upgrades, the new 2015 Genesis also offers a full array of safety technologies, including electronic stability control, nine airbags and anti-whiplash head restraints.

Daytime running lights are standard. The new Genesis also offers a lane departure warning system. When the system is activated and you stray from your lane, the steering wheel vibrates and a warning light comes on.

The 2015 Genesis offers another first: an automatic emergency braking system that uses a sensor to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. The system uses the smart cruise control and the forward camera from the lane departure warning system to apply the brakes whenever it detects another vehicle at an unsafe closing rate of speed.

If you have a long commute, or drive long distances in a vehicle, you know how dangerous drowsy driving can be. To ensure maximum driver alertness, the new Genesis incorporates a new ventilation technology to help reduce carbon dioxide inside the cabin. Carbon dioxide can cause vehicle occupants to get drowsy when levels reach 2,000 parts per million. When that level is reached, the new ventilation system comes on to maintain CO2 levels well below the level using freshly ventilated ambient air.

As for telematics and infotainment, the new 2015 Genesis is loaded with enough toys to keep you happy for the lifetime of ownership of the vehicle.

While the first Genesis was a start in a new direction for the Hyundai brand, it’s clear that the new 2015 Genesis is yet another step forward. You can see it at your local Hyundai dealer later this year.

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