By on January 7, 2013

In a week’s time, we’ll have an uncovered look at Hyundai’s newest concept, the HCD-14, but the silhouette should tell you all you need to know.

With a new Genesis on the horizon, the timing of the HCD-14 is interesting given that it’s a fairly radical departure from the rather conservative-looking Genesis. But as the current car aped a mid-2000′s German luxury sedan, then the new HCD-14/Genesis does a good job at copying the current German luxury aesthetic, embodied by cars like the Audi A7 and Mercedes-Benz CLS. At least it’s better looking than the BMW 6-Series Gran Coupe.

One unique feature of the HCD is a new system that allows the driver to control vehicle functions via hand gestures. For those of us who live in locales where poor drivers necessitate the frequent use of hand gestures, this could have many unintentional consequences.

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28 Comments on “Hyundai Steps Into The Pseudo-Shooting Brake Luxury Arena...”


  • avatar
    CoreyDL

    Lookin pretty XJ-esque mayne!

    http://lh5.ggpht.com/-uFoMswxoLVw/UOrjBrlgq8I/AAAAAAAK9tM/vrXEIoBzBQs/2014-Hyundai-Genesis-4%25255B3%25255D_thumb%25255B2%25255D.jpg?imgmax=800

  • avatar
    d524zoom-zoom

    ” For those of us who live in locales where poor drivers necessitate the frequent use of hand gestures, this could have many unintentional consequences.”

    Thanks DK for the first chuckle of the day

  • avatar
    Landcrusher

    You almost lost me with better looking than the Gran Coupe. That’s like saying your neighbor’s kid is more handsome than Abe Vigoda. You won me back with the hand gestures joke though.

  • avatar
    28-Cars-Later

    I admire Hyundai for attempting to build cars which are not intentionally ugly, at least from the side. However I find the faux coupe as sedan thing quite old, the model shown above is begging for the rear doors to be welded shut.

  • avatar
    gslippy

    At least it will come with a better warranty than those German-engineered brands.

    • 0 avatar
      DeadWeight

      Hyundai’s biggest problem is their seeming inability to incorporate truly competitive suspensions on their vehicles.

      The only Hyundai I’ve driven that had a truly competitive suspension, when measured against its natural competition, was the current generation Sonata.

      The Genesis Sedan has a suspension that is noisy and harsh on all but the smoothest roads.

      The Veracruz’s suspension is wallowy and also noisy.

      The Tuscon’s suspension is possibly the worst in class, being noisy and harsh.

      The Azera (at least the two I’ve had as rentals) has the most bizarre suspension of any modern era passenger car I’ve experienced, literally moving laterally at highway speeds, when confronted with undulations or uneven pavement.

      I can’t speak to the Santa Fe, Equus, Veloster or Elantra, as I’ve never driven them.

      I’ve never understood how it could be possible that Hyundai hasn’t yet appeared to catch up to competitors when it comes to suspension design/quality.

      If they overcome this issue, they’ll become an even bigger threat to the global Big 4 than they are at present.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        The suspension set-up in the Sonata (btw, the Optima’s is a good bit better) is far from being Hyundai’s best within the various segments.

        The Accent has one of the better set-ups within its class (better than the Yaris) and the Elantra’s is better as well.

        The suspension in the new Santa Fe Sport is pretty good (so the full size Santa Fe’s should be pretty decent as well, as is the one in the new Azera.

        The Genesis sedan had a suspension that was a bit harsh over bumpy roads – but since then, it has improved w/ adjusted suspension setting and getting rid of the horrible OEM Dunlops (owners who have switched to say, Continentals, have noted a much improved ride).

        That leaves the Tucson’s which is overly brittle (so basically, the presently, the Sonata’s suspension is only better than that of the Tucson).

        And speaking of the Genesis, while the non-R-Spec suspension is pretty smooth now, the R-Spec, due to its stiffer suspension setting and larger wheels has a more firm ride but that’s the same as for the Infiniti M with the sport suspension.

        Also, since the new Genesis is getting heavy input by Hyundai Europe, it should have a suspension more in line with European autos.

        So Hyundai is getting there with their suspensions (Kia still does a better job for the most part).

        What Hyundai does have to work on is their steering calibrations – so that the driver actually gets some feedback/feel (aside from the Genesis coupe, the steering feel is pretty nonexistent).

  • avatar
    dolorean

    “as the current car aped a mid-2000′s German luxury sedan, then the new HCD-14/Genesis does a good job at copying the current German luxury aesthetic”

    You’ve quite summarily summed up Korean design in one sentence. Unable to have an original idea on it’s own, not-so-subtley massage everyone else’s hard-worked design into your own and produce as many as possible as cheaply as possible.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Except this rendering doesn’t really look like the production model (in particular, the greenhouse) of the next gen Genesis (based on the spy shots).

      And look at Lexus, Infiniti and Acura – they all use some rendition of the Hofmeister kinked greenhouse (not to mention VW and other automakers like Subaru, Honda, Toyota, Nissan, Volvo, etc.); but then again, BMW didn’t originate the Hofmeister kink either.

      Anyway, both Hyundai and Kia luxury models are designed/penned by Europeans.

    • 0 avatar
      gslippy

      ““as the current car aped a mid-2000′s German luxury sedan, then the new HCD-14/Genesis does a good job at copying the current German luxury aesthetic”

      You’ve quite summarily summed up Korean design in one sentence. Unable to have an original idea on it’s own, not-so-subtley massage everyone else’s hard-worked design into your own and produce as many as possible as cheaply as possible.”

      What Derek said is true, but your comment is not, IMO. The Genesis suffers from copied blandness, but products like the Elantra, Sonata, Soul, and Sportage do not.

      • 0 avatar
        bd2

        The Genesis was penned by an outside Euro design firm and the only real thing it copied was the Hofmeister kinked greenhouse which pretty much everyone uses these days (Lexus, Acura, Infiniti, Volvo, VW, Subaru, etc.) – and besides, BMW didn’t originate the Hofmeister kink.

    • 0 avatar
      thornmark

      >>not-so-subtley massage everyone else’s hard-worked design into your own and produce as many as possible as cheaply as possible<<

      Ford appears to be afflicting as many of its products as possible with the faux Aston look. Worked out well for its faux Mercedes Granada until owners discovered it was just another Ford Falcon with a Mercedes mask.

  • avatar
    PrincipalDan

    Kinda looks like the profile of the Kia K9 concept.

    http://stblogs.automotive.com/files/2012/02/2013-Kia-K9-Front-Three-Quarter-623×389.jpg

    Rear drive Kia? Why not? Make it a hardtop and Zachman will be your first customer…

  • avatar
    FJ60LandCruiser

    Hyundai’s pseudo-luxury line (Genesis, Equus, etc.) is priced weird. It’s cheap enough to be considered a good value, but for a little more money you can have a real luxury car, not a cheap knockoff of a Lexus.

    Why they think that they want to pursue Toyota stylistically and not the Germans is a mystery, but only serves to make their cars less appealing to me.

    If this new model is sexy and well-styled then their luxury argument starts to make more sense, rather than a discount copy of an LS…

    Then again it could be an even uglier BMW Grand Turding wagonoid crossover clone. It’s really hard to tell on those terrible silhouette shadow photos.

    • 0 avatar
      bd2

      Eh?

      Who wants to pursue Toyota/Lexus stylistically? (Putting aside that Lexus when from aping Mercedes to aping BMW.)

      Esp. since Hyundai did that whole “Predator” grill thing before Lexus for a concept which they thankfully shelved.

      And the Genesis and Equus are “real” luxury RWD sedans; they just don’t have the luxury branding – just like the Toyota Celsior (aka the Lexus LS until the 3rd gen model) or the Toyota Century or Crown.

      Now what is pseudo-luxury are the bestselling Lexus models, the ES and RX – which are FWD Camry/Avalon derived models (soon to be joined by the RAV-4 based CUV).

      Also, the LS is closer in price to the Equus than it is to the S Class even tho the Equus doenn’t have priced into it the cost of a luxury name plate and dealer network.

      Anyway, this whole post is ironic considering that the LS and the other RWD Lexus models were seen as being discount copies of the RWD Germans.

  • avatar

    I love everything so far…except for the hand-gesture controls. I’d sooner not have XBOX Kinect in my car.

  • avatar
    -Cole-

    No doubt this is better than the hideous Paner wagon concept.

  • avatar
    racer-esq.

    This is not a shooting brake in any way. It is a fastback. A good looking in an A7-knock-off-but-better-because-no-massive-front-overhang way, but a fastback.

  • avatar
    BigMeats

    Cries out for a monster truck to roll over it.
    Some more.

  • avatar
    glyphics

    Another nail in Lincoln’s coffin.

  • avatar
    autobahner44

    +1 for the Abe Vigoda reference


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