Hyundai Genesis sedan launches in Australia with $60,000 starting price.
The new Genesis sedan will arrive in Australian showrooms mid-November, with a starting price of $60,000 and long list of standard features.
The Genesis is Hyundai's attempt to build a luxury saloon to compete with European premium brands like BMW, Audi and Mercedes-Benz.
While this is the first Genesis sold in Australia, the new model actually the second generation, with the first having been available in left-hand drive markets since 2008.
Externally, the new Genesis brings the second-generation of Hyundai's Fluidic Sculpture design language and features 18-inch alloys, LED indicators, daytime running lights, LED tail-lights, static cornering lights, auto-levelling headlights, puddle lights on the rear-view mirrors and courtesy lights in the door handles.
For those in the cabin there is dual-zone climate control, 14-speaker sound system, leather seats, heated front seats with 12-way power controls, mood lighting and a 9.2-inch touchscreen for the satnav and stereo.
The cabin itself is also trimmed out with soft-touch and wood-effect materials.
These are complemented by an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, electronic parking brake, 4.2-inch information display in the driver’s binnacle, push-button start and automatic wipers.
ANCAP has awarded the Genesis 5-stars, with the highest individual test scores ever received by a tested vehicle earlier this year.
This came about thanks to the Genesis’ standard nine airbags and numerous driver assist and safety systems including autonomous emergency braking (AEB), adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, ABS, stability and traction control, hill-start assist, emergency stop signalling, tyre pressure monitoring, rear-view camera and front and rear parking sensors.
ENGINE / TRANSMISSION
The rear-wheel drive Genesis sedan is powered by a 3.8-litre V6 petrol engine that produces 232kW and 397Nm. It's mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, but gears can still be changed manually via the paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
Hyundai says the Genesis can do 0-100km/h in 6.5 seconds, which would match a Volkswagen Golf GTI for pace.
Combined fuel consumption is rated at 11.2L/100km.
Hyundai are offering two option packs for the Genesis: the $11,000 'Sensory Pack' and the $22,000 'Ultimate Pack'.
The 'Sensory Pack' adds blind spot detection, lane change assist, rear cross-traffic alert, around view monitor, premium leather, memory system for the front seats, CO2 sensor, LED front fog lights, power adjust steering wheel and a heads-up display for the driver.
The 'Ultimate Pack' has all the features of the 'Sensory Pack' and also adds in 19-inch alloys with Dunlop sports tyres, a moon roof, powered door latches and boot lid, ventilated front seats, heated rear seats, noise-reducing glass, and a 7-inch information display in the driver’s binnacle.