Rear-wheel drive gets cut in favour of standard H-TRAC all-wheel drive

The new 2015 Genesis Sedan, when it officially arrives in Canada this spring, will be an all-wheel drive affair as standard. This is contrary to the US, which will not get all-wheel drive on certain models.

Hyundai’s luxury sedan will also receive a base price of $43,000 when equipped with the 3.8-litre V6. V8 models start at $62,000. Both engines will be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Full press release below.


HYUNDAI HOSTS CANADIAN DEBUT OF ALL-NEW 2015 GENESIS, ANNOUNCES PRICING AND STANDARD HTRAC ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

TORONTO, Ont. – Hyundai today ushered in a new era for its world-class premium product range with the Canadian debut of the all-new second-generation 2015 Genesis sedan at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Ontario. With a single-minded focus on delivering the driving and ownership experience expected of the best premium sedans in the world, Hyundai has redesigned the Genesis from the ground up with bold styling, cutting-edge technologies, and exceptional driving dynamics. Pricing for the 2015 Genesis will start from $43,000 when it arrives in showrooms this spring.

All 2015 Genesis sedans sold in the Canadian market will come standard with Hyundai’s all-new HTRAC active all-wheel drive (AWD) system. Performance of the vehicle’s all-new platform was validated in some of the world’s most demanding driving environments, including Germany’s famed Nürburgring Nordschleife and Korea’s Yeongam Formula 1 racing circuit. Standard equipment includes a 311 horsepower (est.) 3.8-litre GDI V6 engine, adaptive HID headlights, LED tail lights, LED fog lamps, proximity keyless entry with push-button ignition, 12-way power-adjustable heated front seats, an 8-inch touch-screen navigation system with rear-view camera, and much more.

The $48,000 3.8 Luxury model adds desirable features like premium Napa leather, natural open-pore wood trim, front ventilated seats, heated rear seats, a heated steering wheel, a panoramic sunroof, Blind Spot Detection (BSD), and a 14-speaker Lexicon® surround-sound audio system. Buyers who select the $53,000 3.8 Technology model can take advantage of advanced driver assistance features including Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB), a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability, a full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD), and an industry-first CO2 sensor control system.

For $62,000, the 5.0 Ultimate model adds Hyundai’s award-winning Tau 5.0-litre GDI V8 developing 420 horsepower (est.) in addition to premium features such as a 9.2-inch high-definition navigation display, an upgraded 900-watt Lexicon® surround-sound audio system with 17 speakers, a Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension, a suede headliner, headlamp washers, and more.

HIGHLIGHTS FOR 2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS

  • Second generation of Hyundai’s full-size premium sedan
  • First vehicle styled in Hyundai’s “Fluidic Sculpture 2.0” design language
  • Carefully-crafted interior with premium materials, state-of-the-art technologies, and a clean modern layout
  • HTRAC active AWD system offered as standard equipment in Canada
  • Standard “Lambda” 3.8-litre GDI V6 engine
    • 311 horsepower, 293 lb-ft of torque (est.)
    • Revised to offer increased torque and enhanced drivability
  • Optional “Tau” 5.0-litre GDI V8 engine
    • 420 horsepower, 383 lb-ft of torque (est.)
    • 11.8:1 compression ratio
    • Revised to offer increased torque and enhanced drivability
  • Nürburgring-developed chassis offers world-class driving dynamics
  • Driver-selectable drive modes (Normal, Eco, Sport, Snow)
  • A full range of driving assistance and safety technologies
    • 9 standard airbags
    • Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) with stop-and-go capability
    • Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB)
    • Blind Spot Detection (BSD) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA)
    • Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS)
    • Lane Change Assist (LCA)
    • Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS)
    • Industry-first CO2sensor control system
  • Impressive comfort and convenience features
    • Panoramic sunroof
    • 17-speaker Lexicon® 7.1 Discrete audio system with Logic 7 surround sound
    • 9.2-inch infotainment screen with 720p HD-grade graphics
    • Hands-free power-operated Smart Trunk
    • Full-colour Head Up Display (HUD)
    • High Beam Assist (HBA)
    • Heated steering wheel
    • Heated front/rear seats, ventilated front seats

FLUIDIC SCULPTURE 2.0

Originally introduced in 2009, Hyundai’s signature “Fluidic Sculpture” design language has since influenced every model in the brand’s line-up. The all-new 2015 Genesis is the first Hyundai product to feature the styling theme’s second generation, dubbed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. While fluidic forms remain the core of the design language, they’re presented in a more refined and simple manner. Adaptable to the company’s entire product range, Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 will give all Hyundai products a consistent modern aesthetic and a premium overall feel.

DESIGNED TO EMPOWER

The 2015 Genesis features a modern look punctuated by fluidic elements and premium styling cues. The bold hexagonal front grille is tied into a dynamic character line running the length of the car and culminating in the strong rear fenders. Design surfaces convey a kinetic elegance, creating dramatic forms with a focus on voluminous body sections rather than surface details. A long wheelbase, sleek C-pillar, and short overhangs provide a confident stance and classic premium sedan proportions. With a combination of HID and LED exterior lighting, a focus was placed on giving Genesis a striking night-time presence. In an example of Hyundai’s attention to detail, the mirror-mounted puddle lamps shine the Genesis logo onto the ground below the vehicle.

HTRAC ALL-WHEEL DRIVE

The 2015 Genesis will be the first Hyundai model to incorporate the brand’s all-new HTRAC all-wheel drive (AWD) system. Developed to offer consistent all-weather traction while improving the vehicle’s dynamic behaviour, HTRAC underwent extensive testing at Germany’s Nürburgring Nordschleife race track, Korea’s Yeongam Formula 1 racing circuit, and Hyundai’s California Proving Ground. Weighing just 61 kilograms, HTRAC distributes power through a variable torque split clutch.

HTRAC is controlled in part by the Genesis’ new drive mode system. With the vehicle set in “Normal” mode, HTRAC defaults to a 40:60 rear-wheel biased torque distribution. The system can shift as much as 90 percent of engine output to the front axle in slippery conditions or 100 percent to the rear at higher speeds for reduced driveline drag and improved fuel economy. When the vehicle’s “Sport” mode is selected, HTRAC’s response is modified to counteract understeer and oversteer by sending power to the front or back as required. At speed in Sport mode, HTRAC gives Genesis a rear-wheel drive character by sending 80 to 90 percent of power output to the rear wheels.

  HTRAC AWD – Torque Split (F:R)
Drive Mode Acceleration Hill climb Low traction Handling Fuel econ.
Normal, Eco, Snow 40:60 30:70 90:10 40:60~30:70 0:100
Sport 40:60 30:70 90:10 20:80~10:90 -

The HTRAC AWD system also integrates Active Cornering Control (ACC), an element within the Vehicle Stability Management (VSM) system which helps the vehicle manage acceleration through corners. To improve traction and turning performance, ACC applies braking force to the inside rear wheel while accelerating through a corner.

V6 AND V8 ENGINES REVISED FOR IMPROVED TORQUE

Genesis will offer a choice of revised 3.8-litre GDI V6 and 5.0-litre GDI V8 engines for 2015. Each receives a series of enhancements aimed at improving low-end torque, driveability, and fuel economy.

Now developing an estimated 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque, the 3.8-litre “Lambda” V6 receives better breathing by way of a new 3-stage Variable Induction System (VIS). A 2-stage variable vane oil pump, a redesigned air gap exhaust manifold, and a new triangular injection pattern provide improvements in both efficiency and NVH. Relative to the outgoing 3.8-litre V6, peak torque output is increased by two lb-ft. Torque distribution is also up throughout the rev range for superior drivability. As before, the engine features advanced technologies including Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), and Iridium-tipped spark plugs. The combination of high-pressure, precisely-metered fuel injection with efficient cylinder breathing results in outstanding throttle response and off-the-line acceleration coupled with remarkable fuel efficiency.

2015 Genesis 2014 Audi A6 2014 BMW 5-Series 2014 Cadillac CTS 2014 M-B E-Class 2014 Lexus GS
Base engine 3.8L GDI V6 2.0L Turbo GDI I4 2.0L Turbo GDI I4 2.0L Turbo GDI I4 3.5L V6 3.5L V6
Horsepower @ RPM 311 @ 6,000 (est.) 220 @ 4,450-6,000 241 @ 5,000-6,500 272 @ 5,000 248 @ 6,500 306 @ 6,400
Torque @ RPM (lb-ft) 293 @ 5,000 (est.) 258 @ 1,500-4,300 258 @ 1,250-4,800 295 @ 1,700-5,500 251 @ 3,400-4,500 277 @ 4,800
Transmission 8AT 8AT 8AT 6AT or 6MT 7AT 8AT
All-wheel drive Standard Standard Optional Optional Standard Optional

Hyundai’s award-winning Tau 5.0-litre GDI V8 also sees improvements for 2015, including a 20-millimetre longer intake runner, multiple injection mapping, and a Zerotec reduced-friction timing chain. Exhaust cam profiles have been revised to afford greater flexibility in terms of valve lift and duration. Finally, thanks to an all-new 4-2-1 exhaust manifold, the engine’s compression ratio is now an impressive 11.8:1 (up from 11.5:1). Developing an estimated 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of torque, the revised Tau 5.0-litre V8 develops six more lb-ft of torque as compared to the outgoing model. Like the standard V6, the Genesis’ V8 has been calibrated to provide increased torque across the rev range.

2015 Genesis 2014 Audi A6 2014 BMW 5-Series 2014 Cadillac CTS 2014 M-B E-Class
Optional engine 5.0L GDI V8 3.0L SC GDI V6 4.4L Twin-Turbo GDI V8 3.6L Twin-Turbo GDI V6 4.7L Twin-Turbo GDI V8
Horsepower @ RPM 420 @ 6,000 (est.) 310 @ 5,500-6,500 445 @ 5,500-6,000 420 @ 5,750 402 @ 5,000-5,750
Torque @ RPM (lb-ft) 383 @ 5,000 (est.) 325 @ 2,900-4,500 479 @ 1,750-4,500 430 @ 3,500-4,500 443 @ 1,600-4,750
Transmission 8AT 8AT 8AT 8AT 7AT
All-wheel drive Standard Standard Optional N/A Standard

Both available engines are coupled to Hyundai’s 8-speed automatic transmission with a SHIFTRONIC® manual mode controlled by conveniently-located steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters. The transmission alters its shift strategy according to the setting selected for the vehicle’s drive mode system, offering sharper response, increased efficiency, or slower power delivery, as required.

ALL-NEW PLATFORM

The 2015 Genesis is underpinned by an all-new platform incorporating 38 percent more advanced high tensile-strength steel than its previous-generation counterpart. Torsional and bending rigidity have been increased by 16 and 40 percent, respectively, surpassing the BMW 5-series in both measures. The structure of the vehicle was engineered to meet the most stringent international government and independent agency safety standards.

The new Genesis also employs a variety of engineering strategies aimed at reducing noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). A full under-body cover improves the vehicle’s aerodynamic profile for reduced noise and improved fuel economy. Noise and vibration at idle are reduced by the application of a low-noise fuel pump and new two-stage semi-active engine mounts up to twice as stiff as those in the previous model. Similarly, NVH during acceleration and at speed is now better-controlled through improved differential isolation, a new transmission cross-member, enhanced door sealing, and a dual firewall.

WORLD-CLASS CHASSIS FOR EXCEPTIONAL ROAD MANNERS

Building on the vehicle’s stiff structure, Hyundai engineers designed all elements of the 2015 Genesis’ suspension and steering to deliver world-class ride and handling behaviour. A 5-link independent suspension is equipped at all four corners. For greater wheel articulation and bump absorption, front and rear suspension travel has been increased by 5 and 10 millimetres, respectively, relative to the outgoing model. Suspension geometry has been completely revised for improved lateral stiffness, cornering, and stability. Reduced camber angles while turning at speed have resulted in improved steering feel, a 23 percent reduction in tire tilt, and increased lateral grip.

Genesis models equipped with the 5.0-litre V8 receive a Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension capable of automatically adjusting its damping rate based on road conditions and the drive mode selected. The suspension is calibrated for superior ride comfort in Normal, Eco, and Snow modes while Sport mode firms the damping rate for enhanced handling precision and control.

Genesis features Hyundai’s first application of Rack-mounted Motor Driven Power Steering (R-MDPS) which can vary power assistance based on readings from an integrated torque sensor. To balance high speed stability with direct response at lower speeds, Genesis uses a Variable Gear Ratio (VGR) system. All elements in the steering rack have been calibrated to offer accurate feedback and responsive handling behaviour.

Genesis comes standard with 18-inch alloy wheels and 245 millimetre section width tires at all four corners. Staggered fitment 19-inch alloy wheels with larger 275 millimetre section width rear tires are equipped on 5.0-litre V8 models to improve power delivery. The vehicle’s new alloy wheels are stronger and more resistant to deflection forces for more precise response to changing road surfaces. Stopping power is provided by four-piston fixed front brake calipers and large 345 or 360 millimetre rotors for V6 and V8 models, respectively. Following extensive testing at Hyundai’s development centre at the Nürburgring Nordschleife race track in Germany, brake cooling ducts were incorporated into the vehicle’s front fascia. With these ducts, development vehicles exhibited significantly improved fade resistance, pad wear, and brake pedal feel.

CAREFULLY CRAFTED INTERIOR

Inside the 2015 Genesis, occupants will find a design that’s both elegant and intuitive, with all primary controls fully redesigned to maximize ease-of-use. Special attention was paid to the steering wheel, switchgear, and touch points to ensure a high quality feel as well as satisfying tactile responses. System interfaces are intuitively laid out with all controls easy to reach and grouped by function. Rich materials are used throughout the cabin, including textured aluminum, supple leather, and soft micro-suede. For a truly upscale environment, Napa leather and natural open-pore wood trim are available.

Recognizing that exceptional seats are a critical element in any premium driving experience, Hyundai designers paid special attention to those found in the 2015 Genesis. Upholstered in a selection of high-quality leather finishes with double-stitching, the seats are constructed using six different densities of foam to optimize support and comfort. New joining techniques are applied to prevent wrinkling and sagging over time. The front seats offer 12-way power adjustment while the driver’s seat can be equipped with a power-adjustable thigh extension and side bolsters.

With impressive total interior volume of 3,485 litres, Genesis will offer greater space and feature content than key midsize premium competitors.

2015 Genesis 2014 Audi A6 2014 BMW 5-Series 2014 Cadillac CTS 2014 M-B E-Class 2014 Lexus GS
Total interior volume (L) 3,485 3,151 3,285 3,135 3,202 3,208

MODERN PREMIUM FEATURES

To surpass the expectations of premium sedan buyers, the 2015 Genesis offers a comprehensive list of advanced features and technologies. The new Smart Trunk feature provides automatic hands-free actuation of the trunk lid when the vehicle’s smart key is detected near the rear bumper for more than three seconds. A full-colour Head-Up Display (HUD) projects useful information including vehicle speed, navigation directions, and driving assistance indicators onto the windshield, allowing the driver the keep their eyes on the road ahead. For convenience and safety, a High-Beam Assist (HBA) function can automatically switch on the vehicle’s low beams when an oncoming vehicle is detected.

An 8-inch navigation system is standard while the available DIS navigation system offers a 9.2-inch 720p high-definition display with a 64 GB Solid State Drive (SSD). Audiophiles can opt for an ultra-premium 900-watt Lexicon® 7.1 Discrete audio system with 17 speakers, Logic 7 surround-sound processing, and a 12-channel digital amplifier. Other available premium features include a panoramic sunroof, a heated steering wheel, ventilated front seats, tri-zone automatic climate control, and rear door window blinds.

STATE-OF-THE-ART DRIVER ASSISTANCE AND SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

In keeping with Hyundai’s commitment to offering advanced driver assistance and safety technologies, the Genesis comes available with some of the most advanced in the industry. A Hyundai-first Autonomous Emergency Braking (AEB) function uses a forward camera and sensors to detect rapid closing speeds to the vehicle ahead. At speeds under 80 kilometres per hour, the system will warn the driver and can provide full braking assistance, making it possible to avoid a collision. Between 80 and 180 kilometres per hour, the system can provide partial braking assistance in an effort to mitigate the severity of potential collisions. An Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) system with stop-and-go capability carefully manages speed and distance to the vehicle ahead to reduce driver fatigue.

For increased situational awareness, Genesis offers Blind Spot Detection (BSD), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and a Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS), the latter two of which are new to Hyundai. Lane Change Assist goes beyond close-proximity Blind Spot Detection by looking further back in adjacent lanes for traffic approaching at a high rate of speed. Working in conjunction with the vehicle Lane Departure Warning System, the Lane Keeping Assist System can provide steering assistance to maintain lane position if the vehicle approaches the edge of its current lane. In addition to audible and visual alerts, these systems also notify the driver by way of steering wheel vibration.

In order to help maintain driver alertness, Genesis benefits from an industry-first CO2sensor control system located under the glove box. Research by Hyundai engineers determined that occupant drowsiness increases when CO2 concentrations inside the cabin exceed 2,000 parts per million. This new ventilation system monitors CO2levels and brings in additional ambient fresh air as required to keep occupants comfortable and alert.

MANUFACTURER’S SUGGESTED PRICE LIST

2015 HYUNDAI GENESIS
Trim Transmission Drive Layout Price
3.8 Premium HTRAC 8-speed automatic All-wheel drive $43,000
3.8 Luxury HTRAC 8-speed automatic All-wheel drive $48,000
3.8 Technology HTRAC 8-speed automatic All-wheel drive $53,000
5.0 Ultimate HTRAC 8-speed automatic All-wheel drive $62,000



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