Genesis Essentia Concept is a two-door electric GT featuring lightweight carbon fibre chassis and a stylish exterior signalling future design
At the ongoing 2018 New York International Auto Show, Genesis has revealed a brand new futuristic concept called the Essentia. It is a clever two-door electric Grand Tourer featuring lightweight carbon fibre chassis and body panels. Going by the latest line of Genesis conceptual studies, the Essentia Concept is indeed unique from others and previews several design elements that could be made available in the Hyundai’s luxury division’s future vehicles.
The exterior is not something you would often find on mainstream concepts and at the end of the day it does look to have production aspiration. It adorns an evolved crest grille with more diamond detailing than what can be found in the standard G70 and G80 luxury models. Genesis has used the quad lights debuted in the GV80 concept and grafted it to perfection in the Essentia Concept.
As much as the crest grille, the quad lights are said to be signature elements and will more likely enter production in the future models. Another highlighting design is the transparent bonnet that enables a peek into its pushrod actuated suspension system. The operational air ducts, bronze wheels shod on Pirelli rubber, raked out windscreen and bold rear end collectively form a striking overall styling package and of course the tear drop silhouette for better aero.
The butterfly doors use fingerprint controls and facial recognition technology to automatically open the doors by detecting the driver. The futuristic and minimalistic interior comprises of a quirky flat-bottom steering wheel, carbon fibre trim giving a 3D appearance, leather upholstery, 3D printed surfaces for a customised cockpit look, polished aluminium accents, etc.
A widescreen display dominates the cockpit, apart from an eight-inch digital instrument cluster greeting the driver. The former gives access to digital rear view mirror, GPS connectivity, climate control options and a slew of other in-car entertainment and assistance functions.
While Genesis did not reveal all the technical details, the concept does get full electrification. It is said to do 0-96 kmph in 3 seconds and have top speed of 268 kmph with 373 km range on a single charge.