Hyundai extends edges with ‘Vision G’ coupe

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

Hyundai Genesis Coupe

HYUNDAI Motor Co. has built its luxury-car lineup around sedans such as the Genesis and Equus by unveiling a slinky coupe concept with self-opening doors,

Hyundai unveiled the “Vision G” concept ahead of an appearance on Sunday.

President and chief design officer for Hyundai and sibling brand Kia, Peter Schreyer said: “The concept was designed with coordinated input from Hyundai design studios around the world, but was led by our team in U.S..”

He said the coupe was intended to be elegant but unpretentious, conveying “that you don’t need to be over the top in terms of glitz and stereotypical luxury cues.”

Hyundai executives have expressed interest in a more-luxurious replacement for the Genesis Coupe, which has been on sale since 2009 and was not updated when the Genesis sedan was redesigned in 2014.

Its possibilities include a two-door version of the Genesis or the top-of-the-line Equus, which is due to be redesigned in 2016 and will be powered by a 5.0-liter V-8, like the “Vision G” concept.

Schreyer said the concept hints at a possible move within Hyundai’s lineup to establish a luxury sub-brand.

“This represents an inspiration for our future family of vehicles,” Schreyer said.
“We’re kind of tickling this idea right; we’re looking at this idea of moving and expanding our bookshelves a little bit within that premium range.”

Ahead of its debut, Hyundai’s coupe went by the codename HCD-16. In early 2013, Hyundai foreshadowed its next-generation Genesis with a concept called HCD-14.
Hyundai plans to show the car this weekend at the exclusive Pebble Beach car week in the coastal California town.

“The confidence Hyundai has gained since launching the Genesis in 2008 is the reason we feel that we belong on such prestigious ground,” Schreyer said.

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