When Hyundai introduced the Genesis about one year ago, they were adding the most impressive Hyundai model and perhaps the most impressive new 2015 model for any auto manufacturer.
The Genesis was originally introduced in 2009 as the company?s first rear-drive luxury sedan. Normally there would be an evolutionary upgrade about now, but instead the company did a ground up remodeling. The result is stunning in design, mechanically refined and a technological leader.
Starting with an ultra-rigid new platform, engineers added a four-wheel multi-link suspension tuned by the world?s top suspension experts from Lotus Engineering. The result is a car with sport sedan handling and precise, responsive steering with an innovative Variable Gear Ratio mechanism that varies the teeth pattern on the steering rack. On our drives on the winding mountain roads near our home in southern Washington, we experienced an exceptionally smooth quiet ride on all types of road conditions and surfaces along with precise steering and handling.
To get the Genesis to this high level of driving dynamics, Hyundai engineers did extensive testing at their Mojave California proving grounds and at the infamous N?rburgring race course in Germany. Cold weather testing was done in Norway and hot weather tests were run in Death Valley, Calif. The work paid beautiful dividends in excellent handling and a smooth quiet ride.
Along with one of the most user-friendly multi-media navigation systems we?ve used, Hyundai has an extensive assortment of entertainment and safety communications links, derived through their Blue Link system. For example, services like Aha Radio, Pandora and Sound Hound offer literally tens of thousands of available entertainment options, plus there is 30GB of media storage available so owners can upload a lifetime collection of tunes through the USB port.
Other new technologies on the Genesis include the new Sensor Control System which detects elevated levels of Carbon Dioxide in the cabin and automatically brings in fresh air. There?s also a very helpful automatic trunk opening feature. Simply stand near the trunk lid for three seconds with the key fob in a pocket or purse and the power trunk lid opens. Push a button once you?ve deposited your items in the trunk and it closes automatically. There is also a suite of active drive technologies (Sensory Surround Safety?) to provide Automatic Emergency Braking to help avoid collisions. Lane Departure Warning not only lets you know you are about to drive outside the lane, but can actually turn the car to keep you within the lanes. We were especially impressed by the Genesis active cruise control system which brings the car to a complete stop, and then when traffic starts to move, accelerates back to speed without driver intervention.