Did Hyundai ever truly believe that its Genesis sedan would have the kind of industry impact legendarily enjoyed by the first Lexus LS — or even the original Acura Legend? Probably not. But just as the builders of those two cheap-luxury knockouts did, the company is electing to consolidate some gains in conservative fashion with the second-generation Genesis.
For some reason, both of the carryover engines (3.8L V6 and 5.0 V8) are slightly less powerful than they were in previous years. All-wheel drive is available now, but only with the V-6. The transmission is still an eight-speed conventional automatic.
The rest of the car is claimed to be all-new. The styling language, which for reasons known to no mortal man is called “Fluidic 2.0”, endows the relatively soft-looking Genesis with a little more curbside cred and ups the aggressiveness to compete with deep-grill entries from Audi and Chrysler. It will be quieter than the old car and it will monitor the amount of CO2 in the cabin to protect passengers from carrying too many trees in the trunk…
COME ON NOW YOU KNOW WHAT I MEAN STOP LAUGHING
A lane-departure system will alternately annoy and confuse Genesis drivers of the future who will have no idea what it’s trying to do. Pricing will rise slightly but continue to be low enough for fans of the brand to claim that it’s “a screaming bargain”.