Hyundai has been absolutely on fire the past few weeks. First they unveiled the ridiculously cool Le Fil Rouge EV concept car at the Geneva International Motor Show. And now, at the New York International Auto Show, Hyundai, excuse me, Genesis (Hyundai’s luxury badge) just unleashed the new all-electric, high-performance Essentia concept car.
As you can see, the Genesis Essentia is yet another car that looks like it was dropped here from the future. Then again, it’s also pretty much what movies and TV shows promised us cars would look like in the 21st century, only, unfortunately, it’s still only a concept and not a reality.
That doesn’t make it any less cool, though.
Essentia is the brand’s first battery electric vehicle and features a lightweight carbon-fiber monocoque, a multi-motor electric powertrain, and a custom-tailored interior.
“The Genesis Essentia concept defines our vision for an electric Gran Turismo that integrates Athletic Elegance and Genesis DNA as defining parameters,” said Executive Vice President Luc Donckerwolke, Head of Genesis Design. “A Gran Turismo typology highlights our ambition as a luxurious car brand for the connoisseurs and it is the perfect base to project our DNA in the future.”
Throw in some cognac leather seats with chevron quilting, a center console covered in oxford blue leather, extremely thin, flush headlights integrated into the body, fingerprint controls and biometric facial recognition for opening and closing the butterfly doors, a state-of-the-art, high-density battery pack with multiple electric motors, and you do indeed have a car from the future on your hands.
Oh yeah, it also boasts an estimated 0 to 60 time of 3.0 seconds.
And check this out. Essentia features advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle technology that can inform the driver of up-to-the-minute road conditions, and help avoid accidents and traffic jams. And instead of simply providing the quickest or most efficient route to travel, Essentia uses machine-learning intelligence to recommend routes based on the driver’s inclination. Talk about your smart cars.
Then once the route is chosen, the Genesis Essentia automatically tailors the driving characteristics to its owner’s preference for that road, adjusting everything from the seat position to powertrain performance, chassis settings and audiophile system.
Now do you see why I want this concept car to be available at my local dealership RIGHT NOW?
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