A Team BHP reader has spotted a luxury model from Hyundai called the Genesis in India. The speculations of a new flagship range of luxury vehicles could be introduced for the Indian market in not so distant future are still in the air but nothing has been confirmed by Hyundai yet.
The South Korean manufacturer is already pushing to bring Kia into the country and the presence of a luxury sister company will only consolidate its position in the marketplace. The Genesis sub-brand, which shouldn’t be confused with the Genesis sedan Hyundai offered worldwide, came at the fore last November and plans were put in place to enter the lucrative markets around the world.
The two main models that have come to light are the G90 and G80 luxury sedans aiming to venture in markets such as North America, parts of Asia and Europe, middle-east, etc. Hyundai unveiled the own-badged Genesis luxury sedan in India at the 2014 Autocar Performance Show and also at the 2016 Delhi Auto Expo in early February.
The Hyundai Genesis luxury sedan caught testing on Bangalore roads arrived at the 13th edition of the biennial Indian Auto Expo with a 3.8-litre V6 GDI petrol motor which is capable of pushing out a maximum power out put of 311 bhp at 6,000 rpm and 397 Nm of peak torque at 5,000 rpm. It measures about 4,990 mm in length, 1,890 mm in width, 1,480 mm in height and has a wheelbase of 3,010 mm.
Considering its dimensions and the posh nature of the sedan, it will compete against the likes of Mercedes-Benz E Class, BMW 5 Series and Audi A6 if launched in our domestic luxury market. It comes featured with panaromic sunroof, auto-dimming side mirrors, optional Lexicon 17-speaker sound system or a standard Lexicon 14-speaker sound system, ventilated front seats, etc.
The safety technologies made available in the Hyundai Genesis are Driver Attention Alert, Blind Spot Detection, Advanced Smart Cruise Control, Lane Keeping Assistance System. Autonomous Emergency Braking with Pedestrian Detection and Highway Driving Assistance among others.