It’s rare these days that an automaker reveals a concept that isn’t at least somewhat foreshadowing a future product. Nonetheless, it appears Hyundai’s Genesis brand has done just that with the reveal of the Genesis Essentia Concept.
The Essentia Concept is effectively a modern-day GT car. Genesis started out with a carbon-fiber monocoque and electric powertrain, which enabled designers to give the car an iconic, almost retro GT shape. It’s an exterior design that pays homage to past decades in automotive history, but is converging it with design traits found on other recent Genesis concepts.
The underlying theme, according to Genesis, is called “elegant decluttering.” Obviously the simplicity of the design lies in the clean lines and shapes, both inside and out.
In addition to its modern take on classic design, the Essentia is packing a host of new technology, including vehicle to infrastructure and vehicle to vehicle communications. There’s even biometric facial-recognization systems hidden in the B-pillars.
What Genesis isn’t discussing with this car is the powertrain. Genesis is simply saying that the car is powered by multiple electric motors and an I-shaped battery pack. The theoretical power plant will send the car from zero to 60 mph in about 3.0 seconds, supposedly.
So, why is Genesis revealing this car? It’s tough to say, but it’s unlikely to see production anytime soon. That said, some of the design traits and technology could find their way to future Genesis products.