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2013 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

As Hyundai continues growing its lineup into one that competes with just about every automaker in the market, it is still refreshing its current vehicles. The Genesis is up for a complete overhaul in the 2014 model year, but this doesn’t mean Hyundai will just standby and let their second-in-line sedan just roll into 2013 unchanged.

Hyundai has made a nice handful of changes to the Genesis, most of which the company is writing off as ways to make the lineup more simple. These changes include some mild changes under the hood and some tuning to the interior and technology of the popular sedan. Hyundai also added one huge addition to the inside of the Genesis Sedan that will help make every driver’s life much easier.

So, are these changes enough to keep the Genesis Sedan impressing us media folk? Well, you’re going to have to click past the jump to find out exactly what we think of this slightly revised version.

Exterior

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

On the outside, the Genesis Sedan is largely untouched. In fact, it wasn’t touched at all. Of course, the Genesis coupe was a very stylish car in the previous year, so why change it now? The front fascia boasts several large intake openings and standard LED lights. It also features the same chrome-accented three-louver grille. You also get the same asymmetrical exhaust tips from last year too.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

As we said, the exterior is 100 percent untouched from 2012, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. According to our conversation with Hyundai, there is a redesign coming in 2014, but the information can’t be released just yet.

Interior

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

On the inside is where many of the changes are happening on the 2013 Genesis. While the interior’s aesthetics remain the same, you’ll notice tons of differences from a technical standpoint. On the second trim level Genesis, the 3.8 Premium, you get the same DVD-based navigation system from last year, which features a 7-inch LCD touchscreen.

When you move up to the 3.8 Tech and the 5.0 R-Spec you get to see the huge changes. First off, you are getting Hyundai’s Blue Link for the first time ever along with one year of free service. This system includes: text-to-voice messaging, point of interest (POI) web search, Smart Smart phone remote features and monthly vehicle reports. Blue Link comes in three levels: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. You can see what the packages include below.

Blue Link Assurance package:

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance

Blue Link Essentials package:

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Panic Notification
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Alarm Notification
  • Quick Tips
  • Location Sharing
  • Voice Text Messaging
  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Recall Advisor
  • Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link
  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Valet Alert
  • Geofence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package:

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  • POI Web Search and Download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic Updates
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

Also included on the 3.8 Technology and 5.0 R-Spec models is Hyundai’s new Ultimate Navigation. This boasts an 8-inch screen with turn-by-turn navigation, enhanced multimedia control, and a driver’s information system (DIS). This system uses a joystick and rotating dial system as its interface, so it is easier to navigate. It also boasts an enhanced voice-recognition system, so you can have more accurate control over the system via your voice and all-new “Hot Keys” help you access frequently used parts of the system at the press of a button.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Within this system is a 64 GB solid state hard drive – a hard drive that has zero moving parts – so it is more secure while driving and doesn’t get damaged if you hit a bump too hard or get into an accident. You can store music, images, and videos on this system or you can link up a Bluetooth enabled smartphone and stream music from it.

The navigation system is simpler and more user-friendly than ever before. No longer do you have to say the number, street, and city at separate times, as you can say the entire address in one big sentence and the voice-recognition system will pick it up and search its database for it. Like a game of chess, the navigation system outlays your next three navigation moves to help prevent you from having to suddenly change lanes when it says “Turn left now!”

In addition, it also adds in lane guidance, which shows you what direction to go when a highway splits and, like the newest Android navigation system, this system displays an image of your final destination to help you visualize it.

That’s not it either, as Hyundai added a few more cool gizmos to this system. It also gives you Zagat ratings for restaurants. The SiriusXM system is also upgraded to sports, stock, and even weather information on demand. All in all, a pretty awesome system and something that no one would have expected from Hyundai 10 years ago.

Engine and Drivetrain

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Under the Genesis’s hood is a mild change too. No, there are no mechanical changes to any of the engines, but rather Hyundai Hyundai simplified your engine selections. Gone is the 4.6-liter V-8 engine, plus the 5.0-liter engine is no longer available in any model other than the R-Spec trim. This leaves us with three trim levels that boast the 3.8-liter V-6, which pumps out 333 horsepower and 291 pound-feet of torque, and those are the 3.8, 3.8 Premium, and 3.8 Technology.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

The 429-horsepower 5.0-liter V-8 engine is now only available in the R-Spec model. That’s a bit of a bummer, but this was obviously to prevent customers from getting confused by the multiple engines and it was also likely done to help increase the brand’s overall fuel economy. The V-8 engine is rated at 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway, and the 6-cylinder-equipped Genesis gets 29 mpg on the highway,

All of the Genesis Coupe’s trim levels utilize an 8-speed automatic transmission. This transmission does boast SHIFTRONIC manual shifting capabilities.

We love that Hyundai is keeping the 5.0-liter, but the idea of scrapping the base 4.6- and 5.0-liter engines is a little disheartening. We guess it is necessary to cut back on the lower trim levels and keep it simpler.

Safety

The Genesis features electronic stability control, sight airbags, and even active head restraints. The 3.8 Technology and R-Spec models offer a lane departure warning system to help you stay in your lane via a warning light and a ding. All Genesis models include eight sensors on the front and rear bumpers, and a rear-mounted camera to aid in parking and backing up.

Pricing

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

We’re not too sure on pricing, but we assume that the base level will remain at or near its 2012 pricing, which was $35,075. The top-level R-Spec may jump slightly with its new technology, coming in at around $47,500. We’ll let you know once we get some pricing info.

Competition

Infiniti M35h GT

The key competition for the Hyundai Genesis Sedan is the Infiniti M , though it also matches up well against the BMW 5-Series . Right from the start, the Genesis has a $13,125 advantage on the $48,200 Infiniti M37 and a 12,500 advantage over the M56. The M37’s 3.7-liter V-6 engine pumps out 333 horsepower and 270 pound-feet of torque, which is three horsepower and 21 pound-feet less than the Hyundai’s 3.8-liter V-6. The mighty M56 pounds down 420 horsepower and 417 pound feet of torque, which is nine horsepower less than the Hyundai, but has 41 pound-feet more torque.

On the outside, it depends on what you are looking for. The Hyundai gives you a more elegant and luxurious look, whereas the Infiniti squeaks some style into its class. We’ll give this one to the Hyundai, as we feel this type of vehicle should be a little more business-like than the Infiniti M’s sporty look.

Conclusion

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Well, we have to love the Genesis thus far, and though we are anxious for the redesign, we are happy to see this final carryover model. The nice thing is that despite Hyundai carrying the body over, they spruced up the interior of the top-end trim levels with the new Blue Link system and their Ultimate Navigation System.

In all, we think that the Genesis is a good buy, as this is not the Hyundai we all knew a decade ago that just built cheap cars. They are really aiming at classing up their vehicles and definitely hitting the mark. Sure, it’s not at the level of a 5-Series, but it’s damn close and well worth saving the $12,000 to miss a few pieces that you’ll never even notice weren’t there.

Hat’s off, Hyundai.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan
LOVE IT
  • Keeping the 5.0-liter engine
  • Good gas mileage for the engine types
  • Blue Link and Ultimate Navi sound awesome
LEAVE IT
  • Elimination of the two base-level V-8s
  • No pricing info
  • No interior aesthetic changes

Press Release

2013 HYUNDAI GENESIS OFFERS NEW ULTIMATE NAVIGATION SYSTEM WITH EIGHT-INCH SCREEN AND 64GB DRIVE

Blue Link Telematics with Award-Winning Zagat Ratings Now Available

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

COSTA MESA, Calif., Aug. 16, 2012 – Hyundai’s award-winning Genesis sedan continues its premium segment leadership for 2013 with simplified model offerings and a new ultimate navigation system with Blue Link® telematics. The 5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine is now exclusively available in the fully-equipped 5.0 R-Spec model, the 4.6-liter V8 model is no longer available, and the 3.8-liter Lambda powertrain remains available with premium and technology packages, simplifying the Genesis line-up.

For 2013, the Genesis 3.8 technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models offer a new optional eight-inch Driver Information System (DIS) display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller. This new display features a more intuitive user interface, integrating the same rotating dial with joystick-type function, enhanced voice-recognition commands and improved navigation screen layouts. New “hot keys” also give individuals more immediate control over the operating system to reduce driving distractions. The system uses a large 64GB solid-state drive, which allows generous music, image and video storage or Bluetooth music-streaming capability.

2013 Genesis Highlights

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Genesis model and powertrain line-up simplified:
5.0-liter direct-injected Tau V8 engine now exclusive to 5.0 R-Spec model
Standard 5.0-liter model no longer available
4.6-liter V8 no longer available
3.8-liter V6 available in three equipment configurations
New optional eight-inch display with navigation and an enhanced multi-media controller and Driver Information System (DIS)
Hyundai Blue Link® telematics available with Ultimate Navigation package

A simple pop-up message now appears to help pair a phone and the voice-recognition software understands street addresses and cities, all in one sequential sentence. The route screen displays speed limits, details the next three navigation maneuvers, shows real highway signage and has junction views with lane guidance. Lane guidance outlines the lanes the driver needs to stay in when a highway splits. Junction view uses street and actual road signs images to match what the driver will see when arriving at the next maneuver. Integrated into the point of interest tool are Zagat® restaurant ratings, which help drivers to easily locate great places to eat. SiriusXM data services have also been enhanced, with Sports, Stocks and Weather information.

HYUNDAI BLUE LINK

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Blue Link combines safety, service and infotainment features to simplify owners’ lives and reduce distracted driving and is now available on the 2013 Genesis, accompanied by a one-year complimentary trial period. Blue Link brings seamless connectivity directly into the car with technology like voice-text messaging, POI web search download, turn-by-turn navigation, smartphone remote features and monthly vehicle reporting. Blue Link can be easily accessed from the buttons on the rearview mirror, over the internet, or via a smartphone. Blue Link is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance.

Blue Link Assurance Package

  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and Assistance
  • SOS Emergency Assistance
  • Enhanced Roadside Assistance
  • Blue Link Essentials package:

Convenience

  • Remote Door Lock/Unlock
  • Remote Horn and Lights
  • Panic Notification
  • Remote Engine Start
  • Alarm Notification
  • Quick Tips
  • Location Sharing
  • Voice Text Messaging

Vehicle Diagnostics:

  • Automated Diagnostic Trouble Code
  • Maintenance Alert
  • Recall Advisor
  • Web Vehicle Diagnostics
  • Service Link

Safeguard

  • Stolen Vehicle Recovery
  • Stolen Vehicle Slowdown
  • Vehicle Immobilization
  • Valet Alert
  • Geofence
  • Speed Alert
  • Curfew Alert

Blue Link Guidance package

  • Turn-by-Turn Navigation Service
  • POI Search by advanced voice recognition system
  • POI Web Search and Download
  • Daily Route Guidance with Traffic Condition
  • Traffic Updates
  • Gas Station Locations and Gas Prices
  • Eco-Coach
  • Restaurant Ratings
  • Weather

More details on Hyundai Blue Link are available at www.hyundaibluelink.com.

THE MOST POWERFUL HYUNDAI V8 ENGINE EVER

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

The heart of the Genesis 5.0 R-Spec model is the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 429 horsepower at 6,400 rpm and 376 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. This Tau V8 represents the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to the prestigious Ward’s Ten Best Engines list three times.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Genesis 5.0 Competitive Set

  • 5.0 R-Spec
  • 5.0-liter V8

Infiniti M56

  • 5.6-liter V8

Jaguar XF

  • 5.0-liter V8
  • Normally-aspirated V8

Specific Output (HP/liter)

  • 85.8
  • 75.0
  • 77.0

This engine features a high-pressure direct injection system (over 2200 psi) that dramatically increases power and torque while reducing fuel consumption and emissions. The Tau’s high 11.5:1 compression ratio increases thermal efficiency and output. The Tau also has a rigid bed plate for improved block rigidity and lower NVH (Noise, Vibration, and Harshness) as well as camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain to improve valvetrain stability.

5.0-liter Direct Injection Tau V8 engine

Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable-induction system, and low-friction diamond-like coatings (DLC) on piston skirts, rings and tappets. Even with these impressive power increases, EPA estimated fuel economy is 16 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an in-house eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission adds two additional ratios to enhance acceleration, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency by six percent over the former six-speed. All eight-speed transmissions will include SHIFTRONIC manual shift capability.

Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission

In keeping with Hyundai engineering philosophy, the R-Spec also includes more aggressive chassis tuning, matching its corresponding powertrain enhancements for optimal dynamic balance. For enhanced body roll control, rear stabilizer bars are hollow in design and diameter is a robust 19 mm. R-Spec will offer a unique sport design 19-inch alloy wheel with premium machined finish. The R-Spec steering calibration has been matched to this unique wheel combination for optimized performance and driving refinement expectations in this segment. To complete the performance package, front brake rotors are an oversized 13.6 inches for enhanced heat dissipation in sporty driving.

R-Spec will offer unique headlights with dark chrome inserts for a more distinctive front appearance. Further R-Spec designators can be found around the car’s interior and exterior. An R-Spec bade on the rear lip and black R-Spec embroidered floor mats remind the driver of the performance waiting for them when they get behind the wheel. Genesis R-Spec is only offered in four sport-oriented exterior colors: Black Noir, Titanium Gray, Platinum Metallic, and, new for 2013, White Satin Pearl, each with Black leather interior and an all-black leather steering wheel to further differentiate the 5.0 R-Spec from the 3.8 model.

DIRECT INJECTION LAMBDA 3.8-LITER ENGINE

In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine also has direct injection (GDI) technology and produces 333 horsepower and 291 lb. ft. of torque. It also has a high compression ratio of 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. This direct-injected Lambda V6 produces a higher specific output (87.6 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors.

Genesis 3.8-liter GDI Competitive Set

Hyundai Genesis Sedan

GENESIS

  • 3.8-liter DI V6

Lexus GS350

  • 3.5-liter V6

Mercedes-Benz E350

  • 3.5-liter V6

Normally-aspirated V6 Specific Output (hp/liter)

  • 87.6
  • 87.4
  • 86.3

The 3.8-liter engine also has Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), variable induction, an all aluminum block and heads, steel timing chain and iridium-tipped spark plugs. Besides the generous horsepower and torque gains, direct injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions. Further, a variable vane oil pump fitted to precisely match oil pressure with engine lubrication requirements for increases efficiency at all engine speeds. As a result, 3.8-liter GDI EPA estimated fuel economy is 29 mpg on the highway.

3.8-liter Direct Injection Lambda V6 engine

All 3.8-liter engines are coupled to the same in-house eight-speed automatic transmission as the 5.0 R-Spec model. These all new transmissions perfectly compliment the new technology found in the new engines, delivering improved efficiency and performance across the Genesis range.

CHASSIS FOR 3.8 AND 5.0 R-SPEC MODELS
Hyundai engineers have precisely tuned the Genesis suspension to minimize the traditional compromises between handling precision and ride comfort.

EXTERIOR DESIGN

From the front view, Genesis has an aggressive front fascia with large intake openings and LED lighting accents. From the side view, one will notice the standard 17-inch alloy wheel and rocker panel design. In addition, the mirrors incorporate power-folding and puddle lamp functions, while the side window surround has a decidedly sporty brushed aluminum finish. From the rear view, one will notice the dual asymmetrical exhaust tips cleanly integrated into the bumper fascia.

SAFETY TECHNOLOGIES

Maintaining Hyundai’s emphasis on delivering leading safety technology, Genesis boasts world-class active and passive safety features to help both prevent accidents and maximize the well being of its occupants in the event of a collision. Genesis continues the Hyundai tradition of standardizing key life-saving safety technology with Electronic Stability Control (ESC), eight airbags and electronic active head restraints. The active front head restraints have been proven by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety to help prevent whiplash.

Daytime running lights come standard on the 2013 Genesis. Further, Genesis offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS), available on the 3.8 Technology package and 5.0 R-Spec models. Whenever the system is activated, a warning chime and dial-integrated warning light alert drivers of their lane departure, allowing them to reposition the car smoothly into the correct position.

Genesis’ total of eight airbags includes advanced dual front airbags, front and rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.

Genesis has a total of eight ultrasonic sensors located on the front and rear bumpers. The sensors, along with the rear backup camera, help detect how close objects are when parking. Distance is indicated on the in-dash screen and accompanied by an audible warning tone.

Genesis is brought to a halt by large four-wheel anti-lock disc brakes with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Distribution (EBD). Genesis 3.8 models have large 13.0-inch front rotors with four-piston fixed calipers, while 5.0 R-Spec models have larger 13.6-inch front rotors.

Hyundai Genesis Sedan



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