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New York 2018: Genesis Essentia concept bucks the crossover trend

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Anton Andres / Genesis | April 03, 2018 09:26

Genesis Essentia hints future coupe from Hyundai's luxury marque

This year's New York International Auto Show saw a lot of new crossovers gracing the floor. Genesis, the luxury division of Hyundai, bucked that trend by rolling out yet another concept car. Dubbed the Essentia, it is a sleek, two-door coupe that may likely preview a sporty offering from the Korean automaker.

It's the first time Genesis ever presented a coupe to the public as the brand currently has three sedans in its lineup. The current range consists of the D-segment G70, E-segment G80 and F-segment G90. With the brand's latest concept, does this mean the return of a Genesis coupe?

New York 2018: Genesis Essentia concept bucks the crossover trend

Back in January, Hyundai design vice-president Luc Donckerwolke and vice-chairman of research and development, Woong-chul Yang told reporters that a two-door from Genesis will be coming soon. Yang added that this sports coupe will be a serious performance car and said it's what the newly-formed Genesis luxury division needs.

As for the concept, the Essentia follows the classic grand touring coupe formula of a long hood and a short rear deck. With its pillars behind the glass area, the car gives off the illusion of having an all-glass roof, with the glass forming an smooth flowing outline. At a mere 1,270 mm tall, this concept coupe is low-slung to say the least. More significantly, the body is mostly comprised of carbon fiber panels.

New York 2018: Genesis Essentia concept bucks the crossover trend

To get inside, the butterfly doors swing outward to show off the wraparound cockpit. Genesis calls the theme 'Elegant De-cluttering', their take on minimalism. It sees low-slung seats with a thick-rimmed, flat-bottom steering wheel for the driver. As for the dash, the entire panel is a screen displaying relevant information to the driver. Performance on the other hand comes courtesy of electric motors, says Genesis.