Less than two years after launching its second-generation Genesis sedan, Hyundai may already be preparing to unveil a new model as early as this year. Resourceful automobile spies have once again managed to capture shots of the unannounced 2018 Hyundai Genesis.
Images of the facelifted luxury vehicle was recently shared by AutoGuide.com. While the leaked photos show the prototype covered in thick camouflage, some details are still discernable. The new Genesis apparently features a new bumper with a thin opening. That can be seen beneath the front grille, through which a noticeable intercooler is fitted.
The photos further suggest that the 2018 Hyundai Genesis will indeed be inspired by the Korean automaker's new Vision G design concept. It was recently revealed that this concept will be manifested in Hyundai's "family of future premium products" that will reflect the performance, luxury, and competitive value that the company has been known for.
Aside from the exterior profile, the vehicle's interior has also been spied. Hyundai seems to be wary of crafty spy photographers as it has covered the prototype's dashboard, too. What remained visible suggests that nothing exceptional is added, although it's possible that the company is just testing the vehicle's powertrain for now and will fine-tune the cabin later on.
On the other hand, it appears that the main focus for this next-generation Genesis lies on its engine. It is believed that the car maker will power the 2018 Hyundai Genesis with twin-turbo V6 engines, considering that we've seen an intercooler integrated into the prototype. This is said to be part of Hyundai's wide-ranging strategy to utilize downsized and turbocharged engines in future models.
The speculation is backed by what Dave Zuchowski, CEO of Hyundai Motor America, said to Automotive News earlier this year. Back in April, Zuchowski mentioned that the abovementioned engine "would arrive on the Genesis sedan in 2017 or 2018 and have power in the ballpark of the company's 420-hp, 5.0-liter Tau V-8 but weigh far less."
This move toward turbocharging is probably intended to help the manufacturer meet more stringent fuel-economy regulations. Zuchowski further said, "You're going to see smaller displacement, more use of turbocharging. A lot of it is weight-related, all of it is CAFE-related."
We can expect the all-new Hyundai Genesis to be launched later next year as a 2018 model. When it finally becomes available to the market, it will likely compete with the 2016 Chevrolet Camaro and the 2015 Ford Mustang.