Additional models will receive the new all-wheel drive system after Genesis sedan
The Hyundai Genesis sedan will get an additional drivetrain option when the new model debuts in South Korea next year.
Hyundai has been hard at work developing a new all-wheel drive system, dubbed HTRAC (Hyundai + Traction), and has been testing it on the track and in severe weather conditions. The system is expected to be able to torque split between front and rear axles on the fly depending on road conditions and the driving mode selected by the driver. It will not be a purely mechanical system.
While not mentioned in the official release, other media outlets have lumped the next Genesis Coupe in with the HTRAC announcement. If true, an AWD Genesis Coupe could compete with the likes of the Subaru WRX STI and Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution.
Earlier this week, Hyundai confirmed they will have a performance sub-brand much like Nissan’s Nismo performance arm. The brand, which will be linked to Hyundai’s WRC efforts, is an attempt to interest younger, performance-oriented buyers in Hyundai in Europe.
Even if a performance-oriented, all-wheel drive Genesis Coupe were to become a reality, it could be a matter of forbidden fruit for Canada and the US.