As Hyundai found its way into a more premium market, it decided it would begin taking on more luxurious automakers. In doing so, it introduced the Hyundai Genesis – a model that was said to be aimed at the BMW 5 Series. For the 2015 model year, Hyundai introduced the second generation of its rear-wheel drive luxury vehicle boasting a redesigned exterior that rivals that of its German counterparts and an interior that is superior in terms of comfort and appearance. Highlights on the outside include a redesigned grille with an aggressive front fascia, a sculpted side profile, and a sporty rear end that makes you wonder why there is a Hyundai badge on the decklid. Inside, the car comes standard with heated, 12-way adjustable front seats, double-stitching for the leather upholstery, and the option for aluminum and matte-finished wood on the dash. Under the hood, things get even more impressive with a 311 horsepower V-6 or a surprising 5.0-liter V-8 with 420 horsepower.

It might seem odd to think about a Hyundai with more than 400 horsepower, but the brand made it a reality. The Genesis name has now become its own sub-brand under the Hyundai umbrella, but the Geneses sedan lives on through the 2016 model year, where a whole new offering of luxury vehicles will grace showrooms. Until then, the Genesis sedan and coupe are about the best Hyundai has to offer, but how does it compete against its rivals like the BMW 5 Series and the Mercedes E-Class? Well, read our full review of the Hyundai Genesis below to find out for yourself.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2015-2016 Hyundai Genesis.

  • 2015 - 2016 Hyundai Genesis
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    2015- 2016
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    Eight-Speed Automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    311 @ 6000 (Est.)
  • Torque @ RPM:
    293 @ 5000
  • Displacement:
    3.8 L (Est.)
  • 0-60 time:
    6.8 sec. (Est.)
  • Top Speed:
    155 mph (Est.)
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The Genesis gets noticed thanks to Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design language, which is characterized by organic shapes, curved swoops, and rounded lines. Fluidic Sculpture was originally revealed in 2010 on the Sonata and Tucson, but progressed into its second evolution (Fluidic Sculpture 2.0) with the 2015 Genesis, designating the big sedan as the torchbearer for all future Hyundai styling.

You’ll find plenty of up-scale cues front to back, and it’s difficult to take issue with the way the Genesis looks. This is partly because it appears to take inspiration from its rivals – to my eye, there’s a little Audi in the grille, a little Mercedes in the headlights, and a little BMW in the profile. But that’s hardly a bad thing, and I definitely wouldn’t go so far as to say the design is a rip-off. While the look may bear outside influence, it’s still unique.

You’ll find plenty of up-scale cues front to back, and it’s difficult to take issue with the way the Genesis looks.

Per segment tradition, there are a variety of chrome details punctuating the exterior, including the grille surround and window surrounds. Large 18-inch or 19-inch alloy wheels fill the fenders.

Customers can choose between 10 different paint options, including Santiago Silver, Casablanca White, Caspian Black, Parisian Gray, Empire State Gray, Pamplona Red, Montecito Blue, Marrakesh Beige, Manhattan Brown, and Ibiza Blue.

For 2015, the Genesis received a longer wheelbase and shortened overhangs, while 2016 brought standard HID headlights and LED daytime running lights. 2016 models equipped with the 3.8-liter engine also get LED fog lights.

Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase 118.5 Inches
Overall length 196.5 Inches
Overall width 74.4 Inches
Overall height 58.3 Inches


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In order to climb to the forefront of the luxury segment, Hyundai paid close attention to the interior of the Genesis, starting with available space. Occupants will enjoy a class-leading 123 cubic-feet of interior volume, with 107.7 cubic-feet of passenger volume and 15.3 cubic-feet of cargo volume. Of course, this includes plenty of nooks and crannies for things like sunglasses and mobile device storage.

New features for 2015 include a reshaped steering wheel and simplified switchgear for easier operation. Hyundai even employed the use of a laboratory tool to measure “occupant operational force” for easier functionality. Several surfaces were also revised to reduce reflective glare while still appearing bright. Cushioning and seat ergonomics were improved as well.

Up front, you’ll find heated, 12-way adjustable power seats with four-way lumbar support.

Up front, you’ll find heated, 12-way adjustable power seats with four-way lumbar support. An available air-pressure pump and controller valve can also be equipped to the driver’s seat for better bolster adjustment. Options include front ventilation and heating for the rear bench.

Attractive double-stitching and standard leather upholstery is used for a premium look and feel, while buyers can opt for materials like aluminum and matte-finished wood for the dash. Cabin NVH (noise/vibration/harshness) is reduced thanks to things like a stiffer chassis, better mounts, a low-noise fuel pump, improved sealing, and lots of sound insulation.

The list of features for comfort and convenience is long and elaborate. There’s a hands-free feature that automatically pops the trunk if the key is detected near the rear for more than three seconds, which means no kicking under the bumper if your arms are full of packages. There’s also an electronic parking brake that will automatically hold the car from rolling forward in stop-and-go traffic, giving your foot another rest. Smart entry and a push-button starter are standard.

For a little fighter pilot-style gadgetry, there’s an available heads-up display, which projects important info like road speed, safety system warnings, navigation directions, posted speed limit, and audio settings onto the windshield, allowing the driver to keep her eyes on the road. Behind the wheel is a standard 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display, which can get upgraded to a 7.0-inch diameter unit.

The Genesis comes equipped with Hyundai’s second-generation Blue Link Telematics and Infotainment Suite, which integrates things like Apple’s “Eyes Free” mode, Pandora radio, SoundHound, sports scores and schedules, a stock ticker, movie times, gas prices, weather reports, and screen-swipe technology. There are also several interesting options depending on which packages are equipped.

Let’s start with the stereos. Standard equipment is a Lexicon seven-speaker sound system, with Bluetooth connectivity, HD radio, satellite radio, hands-free infotainment control, and app-support software. From there, you can step up to either a 14-speaker or 17-speaker system, both from Lexicon, with Discrete 7 Surround processing, a 12-channel amplifier, and a 900-watt output.

Standard navigation uses an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but an optional 9.2-inch HD display is also offered.

Standard navigation uses an 8.0-inch touchscreen, but an optional 9.2-inch HD display is also offered. This upgraded unit comes with 720p resolution, a 64-GB solid state drive, Gracenote album art, and media storage via a USB connection. It also offers junction view and lane guidance, which outlines the appropriate lane to use when the highway splits.

Blue Link also pairs with your mobile device to offer features like destination search, remote start, remote stop, remote climate control activation, remote defroster, automatic collision notification, and SOS Emergency Assistance.

Finally, there’s the Genesis Intelligent Assistant App, which can send a variety of notifications and services directly to the owner’s smartphone. These include integration with real-time traffic info and your calendar for recommended departure times and appointment reminders. The app will also use your zip code for recommended remote climate control heating or cooling, plus gas station recommendations. Users can also use the app to schedule service appointments.

Interior Dimensions

Head room
Front 41.1 Inches (without sunroof); 39.4 Inches (with sunroof)
Rear 38.2 Inches
Leg room
Front 45.7 Inches
Rear 35.0 Inches
Shoulder room
Front 58.3 Inches
Rear 57.1 Inches
Hip room
Front 55.7 Inches
Rear 54.8 Inches


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Comfort and convenience are both very important, but this segment also demands heart-pounding performance at the drop of a hat. To that end, Hyundai brought the Genesis to a variety of race tracks around the world, including the company proving grounds in California, the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, and of course, that inimitable benchmark of all road-car performance, the Nürburgring in Germany. Lotus Engineering was also called upon to offer help in the developing the suspension and chassis.

The Genesis offers two basic engine packages – an entry-level 3.8-liter V-6, or a much beefier 5.0-liter V-8. The six-cylinder makes 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm, while the eight-cylinder makes 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 pound-feet of torque at 5,000 rpm.

The Genesis offers two basic engine packages – an entry-level 3.8-liter V-6, or a much beefier 5.0-liter V-8.

Features of the 3.8-liter “Lambda” V-6 include an aluminum block and head, a three-stage variable intake system, a triangular-pattern fuel injector, a variable-vane two-stage oil pump, direct injection, iridium-tipped spark plugs, Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), and an 11.5:1 compression ratio. It’s also capable of running on regular 87-octane fuel. Mileage is rated at 18 mpg city, 29 mpg highway, and 22 mpg combined for RWD models, and 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway, and 19 mpg combined for AWD models.

Then there’s the 5.0-liter “Tau” V-8, which made Ward’s Ten Best Engines list on three separate occasions. This powerplant features an optimized runner intake length, upgraded multiple-injection mapping, camshaft carriers and a roller timing chain for greater valve train stability, and a higher 11.8:1 compression ratio. Like the six-cylinder, the eight also has D-CVVT, and it can run on 87-octane fuel. Unfortunately, the V-8 is only offered in the top-range Ultimate trim level for the 2016 model year. Mileage is rated at 15 mpg city, 23 mpg highway, and 18 mpg combined.

Both engines are mated exclusively to Hyundai’s in-house developed eight-speed automatic transmission, which comes with a Shiftronic manual shift mode and steering wheel-mounted paddles.

Both the V-6 and the V-8 can be had with RWD, while the V-6 is also offered with AWD. The AWD system uses electronic variable torque split for maximum traction, plus it offers several driving settings. The AWD system also only weighs 165 pounds.

Chassis And Handling

For the 2015 model year, Hyundai redesigned the Genesis platform to use over 50 percent ultra-high-strength steel, offering 16 percent higher torsional rigidity and 40 percent more bending rigidity. The new construction makes for one of the most rigid bodies Hyundai has ever produced. It also decreases interior NVH thanks to stiffer mounting points. Further refinement comes courtesy of laser welds and new manufacturing techniques like hot stamping and dipping.

The 2015 model year also saw the inclusion of a new multi-link suspension in the rear, supposedly upping both performance and comfort. The setup uses a five-link geometry and offers more travel, stiffer settings, and reduced camber angles when cornering.

Up front, the shock towers are made from aluminum, and there’s a diamond-shaped strut bar for better rigidity.

Up front, the shock towers are made from aluminum, and there’s a diamond-shaped strut bar for better rigidity. There’s also a Rack-mounted Motor Driven Electric Power Steering (R-MDPS) system that offers a variable gear ratio for either high-speed stability, or low-speed sharpness.

Buyers who opt for the 5.0-liter engine can spring for the Continuous Damping Control suspension, which offers several settings for either softer comfort or stiffer control.

Throwing the anchor are four-wheel disc brakes, with 13.6-inch rotors for models with the 3.8-liter engine, and 14.2-inch rotors for models with the 5.0-liter engine. Both have four-piston fixed monobloc calipers.

Finally, there are four driver-selectable driving modes – Eco, Normal, Sport, and Snow. Each tweaks settings for the transmission, throttle response, stability control, suspension, and the AWD system (if equipped).

Drivetrain Specifications

Type DOHC 24-valve V6 with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing) DOHC 32-valve V8 with CVVT (Continuously Variable Valve Timing)
Materials Aluminum block / aluminum cylinder heads Aluminum block / aluminum cylinder heads
Displacement 3.8 liters / 3,778 cc 5.0 liters / 5,038 cc
Horsepower 311 HP @ 6,000 RPM (Regular fuel) 420/407 HP @ 6,000 RPM (Premium/Regular fuel)
Torque 293 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM (Regular fuel) 383/372 LB-FT @ 5,000 RPM (Premium/Regular fuel)
Bore and Stroke 96.0 mm x 87.0 mm 96.0 mm x 87.0 mm
Valves per Cylinder 4 4
Compression Ratio 11.5:1 11.8:1
Fuel System Gasoline Direct Injection Gasoline Direct Injection
Intake System Variable Intake System (VIS) Tuned Intake System (TIS)


The Genesis is a very safe car, earning a top “Good” rating in each of the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety’s five crash rating categories, as well as the IIHS Top Safety Pick+ designation.

Standard equipment includes electronic stability control, vehicle stability management, traction control, nine airbags, four-wheel ABS, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution, and a rear-view camera.

Additionally, there’s a variety of active safety technologies available, including automatic braking, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, automatic high/low beam headlights, parking assist, and rear cross-traffic alert.

Interestingly, Hyundai also offers a cabin CO2 sensor, which automatically circulates the air if CO2 levels are too high (high CO2 could lead to drowsiness).


The 2016 Genesis goes on sale November of 2015.

Pricing starts at $38,750 for 2016 models equipped with a V-6 and RWD. For the 2015 model year, V-6 and RWD starts at $38,000, while AWD starts at $40,500. For a V-8, prepare to dish out at least $51,500 (only available with RWD).

3.8 Signature Package

Adds a sunroof, Integrated Memory System, power tilt-and-telescopic steering wheel, automatically dimming side-view mirrors, rear cross-traffic alert, 14-speaker sound system, HID headlights, parking guidelines, power rear sunshade and manual rear side shades, and ventilated seats.

Pricing is $4,000.

3.8 Tech Package

Adds ultra-premium leather upholstery, power driver seat cushion extender and side bolster, lane-departure warning, lane-keep assist, adaptive cruise control, haptic feedback steering wheel, automatic braking, electronic parking brake, pre-safety seatbelts, automatic high/low beam headlights, parking assist, and a 7-inch TFT LCD cluster display.

Pricing is $3,500.

3.8 Ultimate Package

Adds matte-finish wood and aluminum trim, heads-up display, premium navigation with 9.2-inch display, 17-speaker sound system, power trunk lid, and dual-mode vent control HVAC with CO2 sensor.

Pricing is $3,500.

5.0 Ultimate Package

Adds Continuous Damping Control suspension, heads-up display, premium navigation with 9.2-inch screen, 17-speaker sound system, power trunk lid, and dual-mode vent control HVAC with CO2 sensor.

Pricing is $3,250.

Model Engine Transmission MSRP
3.8L RWD 3.8L V6 8-Speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC $38,000
3.8L AWD 3.8L V6 8-Speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC $40,500
5.0L RWD 5.0L V8 8-Speed A/T w/ SHIFTRONIC $51,500

2016 Hyundai Genesis Prices

Model Engine MSRP
Genesis 3.8 RWD 3.8L V6 $38,750
Genesis 3.8 AWD 3.8L V6 $41,250
Genesis 5.0 RWD 5.0L V8 $53,850


BMW 5 Series

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The 5 Series has been around for over four decades, which would probably lead you to believe it’s one of the most refined vehicles in the segment. That’s still quite true, as it offers plenty of comfort inside and lots of crafty suspension tricks in the corners. There’s also a good deal of turbocharged grunt under the hood. But all this pedigree comes with a cost that’s significantly above the base-model Genesis. Pricing for the 5 Series starts at $50,200.

Read our full review here.

Mercedes E-Class Sedan

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Technology and style find a happy balance in the E-Class, with cutting-edge driver’s aides and premium infotainment inside, plus eye-catching lines and handsome proportions outside. A huge number of drivetrain options can be had, including four-cylinder diesels, V-6s, and fire-breathing V-8s. But like the Bimmer, prepare to pay – pricing starts at $53,100.

Read our full review here.


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Hyundai is putting a lot of faith in the Genesis. It’s the automaker’s first luxury car, and it sets the high-water mark for the rest of the lineup in terms of refinement, styling, performance, and brand recognition. What’s more, taking on the Germans in this cutthroat (yet lucrative) segment is certainly not easy, but the Genesis looks well prepared in every aspect. It’s quiet, comfortable, laden with the latest technology, and crucially, much less expensive than its European rivals.

Sure, it doesn’t bring the same prestige as an Audi, BMW, or Mercedes. But that hardly matters if you get all the goods plus an extra ten grand in your pocket.

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    • * German rivals are still highly enticing
    • * V-8 not offered with AWD, only comes in Ultimate trim for 2016

Update History

Updated 04/01/2014: Hyundai announced today prices for the all-new Genesis that will go on sale later this month. Prices will range from $38,000 for the well-equipped 3.8 liter V-6 and $51,500 for the 5.0 liter V-8 model.

Updated 1/13/2014: Today at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, Hyundai unveiled the 2015 Genesis sedan. You can see all of the details and images after the jump.

Updated 02/10/2014: Hyundai unveiled a new video showing the all new Genesis sedan in action on the famous Nurburgring race track. Enjoy!

Updated 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.

Update 10/24/2013: Hyundai has released a few renderings of the 2015 Genesis to the folks over at AutoBlog. You can see the front image above and the rear image after the jump.

Updated 01/07/2014: The new-generation Hyundai Genesis will be unveiled next week at the 2014 Detroit Auto Show, and before that, Hyundai hit the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show to show off its second-generation Blue Link system and the second generation infotainment system — both will be offered on the all-new Genesis. The new Blue Link system will includes a remote starting system, remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster. The new infotainment system will offer SD navigation, Pandora and SoundHound integration with smartphone and Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode, which will allow drivers to perform a variety of in-car tasks without taking their eyes off the road.

Spy Shots

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Hyundai Renderings

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Above you see the front three-quarter rendering of the upcoming Genesis, and boy does it look good. Gone are the obvious Mercedes-Benz cues and in comes a more unique front end that features an upright grille and swept-back headlights. Sure, there are a few cues borrowed from other automakers, but as a whole, it is unique.

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From the rear three-quarter shot, we can see wraparound taillights , a swooping roofline and a hard shoulderline that gives the Genesis an agressive, yet luxurious, look.

Press Release


  • New, Ultra-rigid Rear-drive Platform Adds More Precise Vehicle Dynamics, Superior Passenger Safety and Multi-mode AWD Availability
  • Automatic Emergency Braking, Head’s-up Display, Blind-Spot Detection, Cabin CO2 Sensor and Lane-Keep Assist Added to Suite of Active Safety Features
  • Second-generation Blue Link® Telematics and Infotainment Suite to Debut

DETROIT, Jan. 13, 2014 – Today Hyundai introduced its all-new 2015 Genesis at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, marking the highly-anticipated launch of its second-generation premium sedan. The groundbreaking original Genesis model won the prestigious North American Car of the Year accolade at its introduction in 2009.

The 2015 Genesis represents a bold step forward for Hyundai, continuing to build upon its successful strategy of marketing its premium models under the Hyundai brand umbrella, rather than a costly separate luxury brand sales channel. The new Genesis is incredibly well-equipped in every configuration, offering even more content than the first-generation Genesis, with a compelling starting price below $40,000. This additional content includes a generous suite of standard safety and convenience features, unsurpassed in its class. For the first time in a Hyundai sedan, a sophisticated AWD system will be offered, known as HTRAC®, significantly broadening Genesis appeal in Snowbelt regions throughout the U.S. The new Genesis will be built at Hyundai’s Ulsan, Korea plant, with U.S. sales beginning in the spring.

“Hyundai is proud to bring our next-generation Genesis sedan to eager U.S. consumers in just a few short months,” said Mike O’Brien, vice president of corporate and product planning, Hyundai Motor America. “Market expectations for the new Genesis are understandably high, and we’re confident the Genesis’ combination of superb dynamics, bold design, class-leading safety and driver-focused technologies will exceed those expectations by a large margin.”


Since its 2009 debut on the Sonata sedan, Hyundai’s Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy has been continually enhanced and refined, progressively influencing every model in the Hyundai line-up. The all-new Genesis will be the first Hyundai to embody Fluidic Sculpture 2.0, the second-generation of this convention-shattering design theme.
Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 encapsulates a trio of main design elements: fluid aesthetics, the modern Hyundai look, and a premium ambience. Fluidic forms are still present but with a more refined and precise presentation. This latest design philosophy is adaptable to a wider range of vehicle types and sizes, from CUVs to premium-luxury flagships. The all-new Sonata sedan, to debut later this year, will also clearly manifest the Fluidic Sculpture 2.0 design philosophy.


The 2015 Hyundai Genesis expresses a truly modern design through distinctive exterior styling with a sleek, upscale appearance. Evoking a premium feel, the design cues display a new Hyundai family aesthetic: simple and harmonious design with refined fluidic elements. The design features the modern Hyundai look, with a striking hexagonal front grille as a key geometric element, a dynamic crease accent running along the flanks of the car, and a dynamic rear design. Design surfaces convey a kinetic elegance, relying more on voluminous body sections than surface details to create dramatic forms. Proportions demonstrate a long dash-to-axle length, longer wheelbase and shorter overhangs than its predecessor. These proportions clearly convey the performance rear-drive configuration beneath the sheetmetal.

The single-frame 3D-hexagonal grille ensures the front end of the all-new Genesis is not only striking, depicted in semi-gloss chrome, but also encompasses available HID headlamps, LED indicators and fog lamps. In profile, the Genesis daylight opening is more expressive, with fluid lines and blended surfaces, a sleek C-pillar helping to emphasize the sporty styling. The rear of the all-new Genesis benefits from a sculptural aesthetic with jeweled, full-LED taillamps.


The cabin layout of all-new Genesis has been designed to benefit all occupants with a spacious, comfortable ambience. The simplification of the switchgear and instrument panel ensures an intuitive layout and open feel. This user-centric design has sought to connect the various interior parts effectively, particularly the center stack with the console, upper-instrument panel and B-pillar with the headliner. Genesis displays ultra-precise fit and finish, with ergonomic seat design and a generous, natural feel. Particular design attention has been paid to the storage of practical items such as mobile electronics of all shapes and sizes, along with the flexibility of the cup holders.

Total interior volume is an impressive 123.0 cubic feet, an advantage over key competitors. As part of this spacious interior design, the Genesis provides best-in-class front headroom and rear shoulder room.

Model Total Interior Volume (cu. ft.)
Hyundai Genesis 123.0
Cadillac CTS 110.7
Lexus GS 113.3
Infiniti M 118.5
BMW 5-series 116.0
M-B E-Class 113.1

Hyundai interior design principles – safety, intuitiveness and simplicity – guided the Genesis design team in redesigning all primary controls to deliver maximum ease of use. The steering wheel design and grip has been improved and onboard switchgear was redesigned; a number of switches previously found on the center console of the original Genesis were relocated and reshaped on the Genesis. Further ergonomic improvements to ensure ease of reach and control have been meticulously evaluated and executed using a specially-designed laboratory tool created to measure occupant operational force for ergonomics.
A new design pattern has been introduced to decrease relative interior reflections and brighten dashboard surfaces, while high-grade materials such as genuine aluminum and matte-finish wood are available. Cohesion between the center fascia and audio controls has been ensured through a streamlined design, making the two separate sections appear as one. To ensure a luxurious feel, Genesis was intensely scrutinized for its use of materials, with extensive analysis of the relationship of different materials, their texture and color coordination.

Driver and passenger posture are optimized using enhanced seat pad density, improved seat support technologies, such as adjustable driver’s seat power bolsters and seat cushion extension. Genesis seats offer 12-way power front seats, including 4-way power lumbar, heated front seats with available ventilation, as well as available heated rear seats. Seat materials and stitching quality have been enhanced with the introduction of double, rather than single stitching. The redesigned driver’s seat incorporates new functionality, with an available new air-pressure pump and controller valve, providing seatback bolster adjustment through individual air-cells located in the seat. With a total operating time under 8-seconds, the Genesis benefits from both a faster activation process and greater range of adjustment than many competitive rivals.
New interior-focused features for Genesis include available manual rear side sunshades for enhanced occupant comfort. Genesis passengers are also sure to appreciate the enhanced perspective of their surroundings via the new available panoramic sunroof.


The 2015 Hyundai Genesis receives a redesigned platform to accommodate its new available HTRAC® AWD system, using no shared components with its previous generation. The platform employs even more ultra-high-strength steel, now over 50 percent of total platform composition. The benefits of strategic use of high-strength steel are immediately evident in 16 percent stiffer torsional rigidity and 40 percent stiffer bending rigidity compared with the highly-acclaimed first-generation architecture. As a result, the new Genesis is stiffer in both torsional and bending rigidity than the BMW 5-series.

Body and mounting point stiffness are also improved on the Genesis. Ensuring a smooth ride over rough roads was a top development focus, achieved by a more robust connecting structure, extensive laser welding, reinforced body and chassis mounting points, new hot stamping and dipping techniques for the B-pillar and roof sides, and an increased amount of high-strength steel in the chassis. Front shock towers are made of aluminum, and a diamond-shaped strut bar maximizes front structure rigidity for precise steering response. Front seat frames were also strengthened for greater rigidity.


Fully leveraging this new, stiffer chassis is an all-new rear multi-link suspension, with newly optimized 5-link geometry and increased suspension travel for a broader envelope of both dynamic performance and ride comfort. Lateral suspension stiffness and overall ride comfort refinement were top priorities in its dynamic development. The fully-independent, 5-link front and rear suspension designs have increased stiffness compared with the original Genesis, with increased front and rear suspension travel, for greater wheel articulation and bump absorption over a variety of road surfaces. The reduction in camber angles when turning at speed results in improved steering feel, 23 percent less tire tilt, and increased lateral grip. New 18-inch and 19-inch alloy wheels are stronger and resist deflection forces for more precise suspension response to changing road surfaces.

A Continuous Damping Control (CDC) suspension, available on the Genesis 5.0, helps increase control of body motions and body roll, allowing sportier roadholding to be complemented with a more comfortable ride character. Independent roll control characteristics are achieved using separate tuning controls: Normal mode helps provide superior ride comfort, while Sport mode helps increase damping forces for enhanced dynamic precision and control. Handling and roadholding also benefit from a well-balanced 52/48 ratio of front-to-rear weight distribution.
In addition, special focus was given to the development of Rack-mounted Motor Driven Electric Power Steering (R-MDPS), with a Variable Gear Ratio (VGR), helping to provide high-speed stability and more direct feel at low and medium speeds. These driving qualities are attained while retaining the incremental fuel economy benefits of an electric system over the higher parasitic losses of hydraulic systems.


The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is offered with a choice of rear-wheel-drive or new HTRAC® All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) configurations. The new HTRAC AWD system was developed as a multi-mode system, providing an electronic, variable-torque-split clutch with active torque control between the front and rear axles. The system is very lightweight at 165 lbs.
The driver-selectable HTRAC Normal and Eco modes help provide confident control in all-weather conditions. The Sport setting gives a more agile feel by sending more available torque to the rear wheels, for a sporty rear-drive dynamic feel when desired. Further, to maximize efficiency, the system can direct more available torque to the rear wheels during steady-state highway cruising for reduced drivetrain frictional losses and noise. This system has a wider range of torque distribution variability than many competitive systems and has been tuned to variable conditions such as straight-line acceleration, medium- and high-speed cornering, and hill-starts. All modes are programmed in concert with Genesis’ Intelligent Drive Mode select.


In addition to extensive on-the-road and laboratory testing, circuit-based testing of the Genesis took place in Germany, Korea and Hyundai’s California Proving Ground in the U.S. High g-force assessment of the new HTRAC AWD system was completed at the Korea International Circuit in Yeongam, the venue for one round of the Formula One World Championship. Durability and high-performance handling driving tests took place on the Nürburgring Nordschleife circuit in Germany to precisely calibrate Genesis ride, braking and handling characteristics. Furthermore, Hyundai engineers collaborated with top dynamics experts such as Lotus Engineering to further validate the performance capability of the Genesis.


The heart of the Genesis 5.0 is the award-winning 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine producing 420 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 383 lb. ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. The Tau V8 engine family has been named to Ward’s prestigious Ten Best Engines list three times. With high-pressure direct injection for impressive power, low emissions and superb efficiency, this latest version of the Tau V8 benefits from an optimized intake runner length, enhanced timing chain for reduced friction and NVH, low-torque exhaust manifold, increased compression ratio and upgraded multiple-injection mapping. These enhancements combine to produce a flatter torque curve at lower rpm for even better driveability.

Model Engine Horsepower (SAE)
Genesis 5.0 5.0L V8 420@6000
Mercedes E550 4.6L V8 Turbo 402@5000
Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6 420@5750
Infiniti M56 5.6L V8 420@6000
Audi A6 3.0T 3.0L V6 SC 310@5500

5.0-liter Direct Injection Tau V8 engineThe Tau’s high 11.8:1 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.

Even more, this V8 offers Dual Continuously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT), a tuned variable induction system, and low-friction coatings on piston skirts. This Tau engine will also run on regular fuel with only a small reduction in peak power, and no negative driving effects, whenever desired.

The Tau 5.0-liter V8 is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. This Hyundai-developed transmission offers enhanced shift logic and speed, better acceleration, sport-mode mapping, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency. All eight-speed transmissions include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability with conveniently-located steering wheel paddle shifters to enhance shifting ease during spirited driving.
Hyundai-developed eight-speed automatic transmission


The Genesis 3.8-liter direct-injected Lambda engine has also been further optimized to deliver a flatter overall torque curve at low rpm for enhanced driveability. Thoroughly improved for the new Genesis, this engine includes a three-stage variable intake system, triangular-pattern fuel injector for improved combustion, an air-gap exhaust manifold for better NVH, and an upgraded cylinder block with a variable-vane 2-stage oil pump for reduced parasitic losses. In keeping with its 5.0-liter V8 sibling, the Genesis 3.8-liter Lambda engine utilizes direct-injection and produces 311 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 293 lb.-ft. of torque at 5,000 rpm. It also has a high compression ratio of 11.5:1 for greater thermal efficiency. The Lambda engine will run on regular fuel with only a small reduction in peak power, and no negative driving effects, whenever desired by the owner.

Model Engine Horsepower (SAE)
Genesis 3.8 3.8L V6 311@6000
Lexus GS 3.5L V6 306@6400
Mercedes E350 3.5L V6 302@6500
Cadillac CTS 2.0L Turbo 272@5500
Audi A6 2.0T 2.0L Turbo 220@4450
BMW 535i 3.0L Turbo 300@5800

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 horsepower and torque gains, direct-injection technology produces a significant reduction in emissions.

All 3.8-liter engines are coupled to the same eight-speed automatic transmission design as the Genesis 5.0. This Hyundai-developed transmission offers enhanced shift logic and speed, better acceleration, sport-mode mapping, shifting smoothness, and transmission efficiency. All eight-speed transmissions include SHIFTRONIC® manual shift capability with ergonomically-placed paddle shifters for spirited driving with manual shifting.


Genesis offers abundant standard safety features, including Electronic Stability Control (ESC), nine airbags, and anti-whiplash front head restraints. Genesis’ nine airbags include advanced dual front airbags, driver’s knee airbag, front and outboard rear seat-mounted side-impact airbags, and roof-mounted side curtain airbags for both front and rear outboard seat occupants.
Although government crash testing for the new Genesis is not yet complete, the entire structure was engineered to meet the new Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick + standard.

Daytime running lights come standard on Genesis. Further, Genesis offers a Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS). Whenever the system is activated, the haptic steering wheel will provide a vibration warning and dial-integrated warning light to alert drivers of their lane departure, allowing them to reposition the car smoothly into the correct position.
Even Genesis’ tire pressure monitoring system (TPMS) has been enhanced with individual tire pressure readouts available to the driver.
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 13.6-inch front rotors, while the 5.0 has even larger 14.2-inch front rotors. Both braking systems use four-piston fixed monobloc calipers for precise braking responsiveness.


The 2015 Hyundai Genesis employs a suite of active driver safety technologies dubbed Sensory Surround SafetyTM. These features cover the full spectrum of safety, from driver alertness and focus to total occupant safety, and even the safety of other drivers around you.
Genesis offers a Hyundai first, Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB), utilizing sensor fusion technology to help avoid a potential collision or reduce its impact. With this system, Genesis will employ automatic braking whenever it detects another vehicle at an unsafe closing rate of speed. This system uses the Smart Cruise Control system and the forward camera from the Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) to provide this extra margin of safety.

Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB) Functional Range

Speed Brake Application AEB Result
50 - 112 mph Partial Braking Collision Warning
5 - 50 mph Full Braking Collision Mitigation

Genesis’ Smart Cruise Control (SCC) incorporates stop-start functionality that functions seamlessly with the standard electronic stability control system. The new system for Genesis allows full function down to zero mph to operate seamlessly in stop-and-go traffic conditions, using the front-grille-mounted radar sensor. SCC enables the Genesis to help maintain safer, consistent spacing with the vehicle ahead in varied traffic conditions. The system can also help deploy an available Automatic Emergency Braking system should a stationary vehicle be detected ahead.
Genesis is generously equipped with new, advanced technologies, many of them Hyundai firsts. A new driver-selectable Intelligent Drive Mode allows drivers to select from four drive modes depending on conditions and driving preferences. Each drive mode alters transmission mapping, throttle responsiveness, stability control, and suspension damping settings, with specific modes adapted to function seamlessly with HTRAC AWD for those Genesis so equipped.

Intelligent Drive Mode Type of Driving
ECO Fuel Economy
NORMAL Balanced
SPORT Dynamic Focus
SNOW Low-traction conditions

In addition to the above modes, Genesis features an Emergency Steering Support Mode which automatically changes the setting of suspension and electronic stability control (ESC) in the direction suitable for emergency steering, to help avoid frontal crash situations.

Genesis also debuts a new Blind-Spot Detection system (BSD), which helps monitor traffic around the car. The system uses radar sensors in the rear bumper to help warn the driver of an approaching vehicle in his or her blind spot via an indicator on the side mirrors. If the driver activates the lane change indicator and attempts to change the lane, ignoring warning indicators, BSD additionally issues an audible warning and haptic steering wheel vibrations. In addition, for Genesis’ equipped with the Head’s-Up Display, the BSD system indicators also project onto the windshield, nearer the driver’s view of the road, a segment first.

Lane Change Assist (LCA) performs a similar function to help detect vehicles approaching towards its rear side at high speeds, especially during higher-speed driving, while Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) scans areas to each side of the car when drivers are backing out of parking spaces. No other sedan in Genesis’ class offers the combination of Blind-Spot Detection (BSD), Lane Change Assist (LCA), and Rear Cross-traffic Alert (RCTA) active safety systems.

From the front, the available Lane Departure Warning System (LDWS) captures images of lanes and recognizes the lane marker. If LDWS detects lane departure, a warning signal is activated on the instrument panel while issuing a haptic steering wheel vibration warning. Working in concert with LDWS, Genesis’ Lane Keeping Assist System (LKAS) performs a similar function of LDWS, but LKAS additionally provides a driver-adjustable level of steering assist to help prevent inadvertent lane departure when a vehicle approaches the edge of a lane and also provides steering wheel haptic vibration feedback.

For convenience and safety, a High-beam Assist (HBA) function is also available. When switched to automatic mode, it detects both oncoming vehicles and vehicles in the same lane ahead at night and changes to low-beam as appropriate, reducing blinding effects on other drivers. Whenever there are no vehicles detected, the system automatically re-activates the high beams, maximizing the driver’s range of vision. To maximize driving visibility, Genesis offers HID headlamps with dynamic auto-leveling that compensates for varying vehicle loads.

To help ensure maximum driver alertness, Genesis also benefits from a world-first technology in its CO2 sensor control system, located under the glove box. Hyundai engineers discovered that occupants start to get drowsy when CO2 levels reached more than 2,000 parts per million, so the new ventilation system helps ensure the cabin maintains a CO2 concentration well below that level at all times using freshly-ventilated ambient air. The system monitors the vehicle’s intake of fresh or re-circulated air using a dedicated CO2 sensor.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis also offers a parking assistance system with 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.


In pursuit of refined quietness within the Genesis cabin, Hyundai engineers analyzed idle noise and vibration, acceleration, road and wind noise, and audible booming throughout the bodyshell. Sound-absorbing materials and a low-noise fuel pump have been fitted, cowl bulkhead insulation and sealing improved, and vibrations minimized through an improvement in overall bodyshell rigidity. Additional insulation of the rear differential helps reduce booming and vibration, resulting in lower audible noise inside the Genesis passenger cabin.

Under acceleration, better sound quality has been achieved through mid-to high-frequency noise reduction, and dynamic engine sound improvements were achieved through intake and exhaust system tuning. Engine support brackets have been moved further apart for greater stiffness, while transmission and sub-frame mounts have been stiffened by up to 100 percent.

To improve NVH performance at cruising speeds (35-75 mph), Hyundai engineers increased the stiffness of parts associated with the sub-frames and suspension, lowering levels of cavity and rumble noise. To ensure Genesis recorded lower interior noise in crosswind conditions, doors were thickened, sunroof articulation reshaped, and changes were made to the sealing process for increased durability and performance. In addition, cowl bulkhead insulation and sealing has been improved, with the total weight of the sound insulation package used on the Genesis at only 84 lbs., yielding a remarkable NVH reduction-to-weight ratio.


Most Genesis competitors with hands-free trunk-opening technology use a leg-kick sensor under the rear bumper to enable the driver to open the trunk. Hyundai ergonomics engineers found this method to be difficult when an individual is carrying cumbersome packages, such as from shopping. So the Genesis Smart Trunk system was designed to open the trunk automatically if the smart key is detected in a pocket or purse within a few feet of the rear bumper for longer than three seconds, for maximum hands-free ease of opening when desired. This system allows the driver to keep both feet comfortably on the ground, simply waiting by the trunk a few seconds for it to open automatically. The Smart Trunk system also provides an audible warning and flashing light prior to opening.

Taking inspiration from aircraft technology, an available new Head’s-Up Display (HUD) projects a virtual image onto the windshield, enabling the driver to keep his or her eyes on the road using a system of mirrors combined with a TFT LCD display. The system utilizes a wide screen with adjustable brightness to ensure both excellent daytime and nighttime visibility. Driving information such as speed, Smart Cruise Control status, navigation, Blind Spot Detection, Forward Collision Warning, speed limit, Lane Departure Warning System and audio system data is projected at a perceived virtual distance approximately six feet ahead of the driver for maximum legibility while driving.

Genesis also offers an electronic parking brake with Automatic Vehicle Hold for convenience when driving in traffic. Automatic Vehicle Hold automatically holds the Genesis at a stop until the accelerator pedal is depressed, such as at a traffic signal or in stopped traffic. The vehicle hold re-engages whenever the vehicle is brought to a complete stop. Genesis also includes proximity-key entry convenience with push-button start as standard equipment.


Genesis offers an ultra-premium, Lexicon® Discrete Logic 7 Surround audio system with 17 speakers, Logic 7 Surround Sound processing and 12-channel digital amplifier with 900-watts of equivalent output, sure to satisfy the most demanding audiophile. The system also includes SiriusXM® Radio, HD Radio, and iPod/USB auxiliary media input jacks. The standard Lexicon system offers 14 speakers, with Discrete Logic 7 Surround processing and a 12-channel DSP amplifier with 900-watts of equivalent output.

An optional premium DIS navigation system for Genesis offers a 9.2-inch High Definition display, with 720p high definition (a segment first), a 64GB Solid State Drive (SSD) for multimedia, and premium Lexicon audio system. This premium system also includes Gracenote® album art, junction view with lane guidance, advanced voice recognition, and music/image/video storage via USB download (approximately 30GB of usable storage).

The new standard audio-navigation system, displayed by an 8.0-inch touchscreen, is packed with integrated technology, from Bluetooth to navigation, satellite and HD radio, hands-free and app-supporting software.

Genesis cluster displays utilize high-resolution, electroluminescent TFT LCD technology, with a standard 4.3-inch TFT LCD cluster display, and an available 7.0-inch TFT LCD cluster display.
A simple pop-up message appears to help pair a phone and the voice recognition software understands street addresses and cities all in one sentence. The route screen displays speed limits, details the next three maneuvers, shows real highway signage and has junction views with lane guidance. Lane guidance outlines the lane or lanes the driver needs to stay in when a highway splits. Junction view uses street and actual road sign images to match what the driver will see when arriving at the next maneuver.


2015 Genesis will be the first Hyundai to offer its second-generation Blue Link and infotainment features. The scope of these new features is broad and has something special to offer every driver, including:

  • Destination Search powered by Google – users will be able to take advantage of Google’s powerful destination search via the Blue Link button (voice recognition) and navigation display, or through and the Blue Link mobile app sending a destination to their car
  • Remote Start – now includes an engine timer (from 1 to 10 min.), remote stop, remote climate control and remote defroster
  • Automatic Collision Notification (ACN) and SOS Emergency Assistance –includes user-selected emergency contacts notification via SMS and e-mail


  • The Genesis Intelligent Assistant® is a proactive app for automobiles intended to save the driver time and provide an even higher level of convenience. The app combines Blue Link features, data from the vehicle, the owner’s smartphone, and the internet with multiple layers of intelligence. This allows the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app to send proactive notifications and recommendations to the Genesis owner in preparation for their drive.
  • Genesis owners will no longer need to remember to remote start their car on a hot or cold day. The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app will remind them via their smartphone.

Genesis Intelligent Assistant Functionality:

By providing the app their commuting details and access to their smartphone’s calendar, owners can have the app automatically estimate appropriate departure times and send reminders for any upcoming appointments that require a drive

Departure reminder messages are determined by up-to-the-minute commute times from the user’s current location to the destination, accounting for traffic
Temperature outside the vehicle is determined via zip code prior to the estimated departure time. If the temperature is above or below the default level, the user will receive a notification, asking if they would like to remote start their vehicle for heating or cooling.

Recommendations for gas stations are provided, allowing the user to select a station and send the location to the vehicle’s navigation system.
Vehicle health status will also be communicated through the user’s smartphone when an action is required. These notifications allow the customer to schedule service for their Genesis directly from the app.

Many additional Blue Link features are included within the app, making it a single, integrated solution for all of the driver’s vehicle needs
The Genesis Intelligent Assistant app is a framework for the future with additional proactive functionality progressively available to provide the customer with the ultimate luxuries of time and convenience

hyundai blue link google glass® app

Genesis demonstrates the Google Glass app as part of how wearable technology and Blue Link fit into a customer’s lifestyle. The app currently contains the core Blue Link functions as building blocks for future activities. Partnering with Station Digital Media and Covisint, Hyundai plans to expand the app features, building on the concept of “Time as the Ultimate Luxury” and leveraging the proactive functionality of the Genesis Intelligent Assistant app.

Released in limited numbers to early customers known as “Explorers,” Google Glass is a computerized, lightweight headset that can project text and images for the wearer to see on a special optical display. Google Glass Explorers can perform functions through voice commands, swipes or taps on a thin touchpad along the side of the frame.
Through the new app, Hyundai owners will be able to use Google Glass to access Blue Link’s vehicle safety, service and infotainment features. The Google Glass Blue Link app includes a host of popular functions at launch, including:

  • Remote vehicle start
  • Remote door lock/unlock
  • Remote Find My Car (search for your vehicle location to receive directions to it)
  • Point-of-Interest search sent to the Hyundai navigation system
  • Search for a gas station to send to your car
  • Call roadside assistance
  • Talk to a Blue Link agent
  • Locate nearby dealers


The Genesis next-generation infotainment system features:

  • Integration with Apple’s Siri-powered “Eyes Free” mode
  • Functionality allows owners of compatible vehicles to perform a variety of in-car tasks without taking their eyes off the road.
  • SD Navigation
  • Pandora® integration with smartphone
  • SoundHound® integration with internal modem
  • SiriusXM® Audio – 6 presets (record, play, pause, back)
  • SiriusXM® Travel Link and Traffic-
  • Sports scores and schedules
  • Stock ticker
  • Movie times
  • Fuel prices
  • Weather/alerts
  • Advanced voice recognition
  • Screen-swipe technology
  • Music, video, image storage


Hyundai’s telematics services program, Assurance Connected Care, is standard for three years on all 2015 Genesis sedans equipped with Blue Link. This innovative ownership program provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services via the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Diagnostic Trouble Code Notification, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle Car Care maintenance scheduling.
Hyundai also recently introduced an all-new mobile application for the Blue Link telematics platform. This mobile app allows subscribers to remotely access various optional Blue Link features and services through compatible mobile devices. Completely redesigned, the app has been significantly enhanced from the previous version and boasts a new user experience, faster navigation and innovative new features. Google Android and Apple iOS users can download the app from Google Play or Apple iTunes, respectively. A BlackBerry version is also available.
Blue Link is an innovative telematics solution that brings seamless connectivity for safety, service and infotainment capabilities and is offered in three packages: Assurance, Essentials and Guidance. More details regarding Hyundai Blue Link are available at

Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the 5-year/60,000-mile fully-transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai’s 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty and five years of complimentary Roadside Assistance. Hyundai Assurance includes Assurance Connected Care that provides owners of Hyundai models equipped with the Hyundai Blue Link telematics system with proactive safety and car care services complimentary for three years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report and in-vehicle service scheduling.

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