Hyundai’s luxury brand Genesis has revealed its third two-door coupe concept in four years – but beyond talk of it previewing the “next wave of electric vehicles”, there’s still no sign of a production version on the horizon.
The Genesis X Speedium Coupe concept has been revealed at an event coinciding with the New York motor show, claimed to be a preview of the brand’s next-generation electric cars.
The third Genesis two-door coupe concept in four years – following the 2018 Essentia and 2021 X Concept – the new X Speedium Coupe is an evolution of the latter, with a longer body and more ‘shooting brake’ style roofline.
Genesis says the X Speedium Coupe “previews what prospective owners … can expect from Genesis’ next wave of electric vehicles” – though there’s no firm indication a coupe will be part of that, or whether the X Speedium previews one of the six future Genesis EVs through its design cues only.
The ‘Speedium’ portion is borrowed from the South Korean race track of the same name, and is claimed to reflect “the passion for motorsports felt by Genesis designers at the Korean racetrack” – while the addition of Coupe “further accentuates the enjoyment of driving through aesthetic designs.”
Compared to the Genesis X Concept, changes for the X Speedium Coupe include a larger body with longer doors and rear overhang, a roofline closer in style to a ‘shooting brake’ (rather than the X Concept’s steeper slope and traditional boot lid), and new front and rear fascias.
Whereas the X Concept featured split headlights and a ‘crest’ grille akin to Genesis’ current production cars, the X Speedium Coupe’s two-line daytime-running signatures continues across the width of the car, outlining a triangle shape where a traditional petrol car’s grille would sit.
Two-line signatures feature on the rear side glass and LED tail-lights. Other design cues include the flared wheel arches, a V-shaped central brake light, and large alloy wheels with yellow brake calipers.
The concept is finished in metallic ‘Inje Green’, which according to Genesis “encompasses the mountainous landscape where the [Speedium] track is located [in South Korea].”
“This car is an open-door moment in Genesis’ journey towards our future EV design. This isn’t a show car – it’s a look into our design processes as we explore ideas for the next wave of EVs, one that incorporates Genesis’ DNA,” said Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer at Genesis.
Genesis is due to launch its first electric vehicles in Australia by the end of June this year: the Electrified GV70 medium SUV, Electrified G80 large sedan, and GV60 dedicated small to medium SUV.
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