South Korean car manufacturer Hyundai Motors is planning to showcase their luxury brand Genesis in India at the Auto Expo 2020. According to a media report, the company will first open ‘experience centres’ and small showrooms across the country to test the customer response before it makes its move. The brand also plans to launch the all-electric SUV, Hyundai Kona in July 2019.
The Genesis will attract a different segment of customers the company has been considering this for some time and according to a report, the company has finally been given a go-ahead. The Genesis is already available for sale in some international markets and the entry-level model, the D70 is powered by two engine variants and the car is available in 5 trims. The engine specifications of the Genesis D70 are as follows:-
2.0-litre T-GDi – 1,998cc 4-cylinder petrol engine that produces 252 PS of power and 353 Nm of torque mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
3.3-litre T-GDi – 3,342cc petrol V6 engine that produces 370 PS of power and 510 Nm of torque mated coupled to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The exterior dimensions of the Genesis D70 measure in at 4,685mm in length, 1,850mm in width, 1,400mm in height and a wheelbase of 2,835mm. The car can seat 5 people and has a fuel tank capacity of 60 litres.
The D70 features an aerodynamic design on the outside with a large chrome mesh grille, a sleek headlight design with LED projector headlamp and LED daytime running lights. The front bumper has a large air dam with a front splitter design and the outer sides have integrated LED fog lamps. The side profile has large multispoke alloy wheels with the top-spec variant coming in with a 19-inch sport design alloy wheel option. The window sills are lined in chrome elements and the ORVMs also display a chrome element along with integrated turn indicators. Coming to rear-end the car’s the boot lid sports the brand logo in the centre with the model and variant badge on the sides. The rear bumper has a sporty design which integrates the exhaust finishers. On the interiors, the car will have a driver centric layout with a floating island infotainment system, three pot layout for the climate control and minimalist audio control design with silver finished switchgear.
With the launch of the Genesis, Hyundai will have three brands competing in India – Hyundai, Kia and Genesis. With the second brand Kia to launch its first product around the festive season of 2019 in India.