Hyundai unveiled the Genesis sedan back in 2008 with hopes of attacking the market being dominated by models like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class. It did okay for a while, but then both German models saw facelifts and the competition got fiercer. Hyundai shot back with a facelifted version for the 2012 model year, but now Hyundai is working even harder for the second generation Genesis, which will be unveiled at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. The show is set to kick off for the press on January 13th and the public on January 18th.
Hyundai may have only waited two years after the facelifted model to bring out the new generation, but the company has always had the shortest product cycle, so it shouldn’t be all that surprising. This allows Hyundai to keep its models fresh and with BMW and Mercedes in the loop of competition.
As far as the 2015 Genesis goes, Hyundai hasn’t offered any details on what changes the company will apply, but expect a new design language. It won’t be completely new, but will feature major changes on the front grille - expect a grille similar to the one found in the new Genesis Coupe, new headlamps, a new bonnet and new bumpers. The interior will also receive a series of new technologies.
In terms of power, the next generation Hyundai Genesis will feature the same, albeit updated, engines with improved power outputs and fuel economy.
UPDATE 4/30/2013: Per Edmunds, Hyundai has announced that it will unveil the 2015 Genesis at the 2014 North American Auto Show in Detroit. Additionally, the model will have optional all-wheel drive for the first time ever.
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2015 BMW 5 Series
The BMW 5 Series is set for a facelift for the 2014 model year and we assume that this revision will carry over into the 2015 model year. The exact details are still relatively unknown to this date, but we assume we’ll see a revised grille, new headlights and new lower air intakes. Under the hood, we expect the revised 5 Series start out with a revised in-line six-cylinder turbocharged engine to replace the aging N55.
2015 Mercedes-Benz E-Class
The 2014 model year brought about a revision to the E-Class, but not a new generation altogether. Like the 5 Series, we assume these updates will carry through the 2015 model year. The exterior updates to the E-Class are pretty minor, and include: one-piece headlights, LED daytime running lights and a pair of new grilles for the base and Sport models. In the U.S., the E-Class comes in two gasoline models: E350 with a 302-horsepower V-6 and an E500 with a 402-horsepower V-8. Also available is an E350 BlueTEC with a 190-horsepower diesel V-6. The final variant is the E400 Hybrid with a 329 driveline that combines a 302-horsepower V-6 engine with a 27-horsepower electric motor.