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Genesis Essentia Concept: New York Auto Show

author photo by Russ Heaps March 2018

What Is It?

Who would'a thunk the Genesis Essentia all-electric concept would come from the rather conservative Genesis? Flash isn't what the luxury division of Hyundai markets. Nope, they are more about value, pampering and technology. Not that those aren't all attributes of the Essentia, but, wow, we have to toss flashy into the mix, as well. It's a heart stopper. Tesla isn't going to know what hit them, if Essentia ever finds its way to market.

Referred to as high performance at the New York Auto Show, if ever tested, we can expect Essentia to post some serious numbers. Beyond telling us, though, that it has a battery-powered, multimotor, all-electric powertrain, Genesis brand head Manfred Fitzgerald was a little short on details at the Javits Center unveiling. We did learn that the pocket-protector types at Genesis estimate a 0-to-60 sprint of 3.0 seconds.

Because the high-density battery pack sits in the center tunnel rather than under the passenger compartment, designers managed to keep the Essentia's roofline height at 50 inches. The hood is also remarkably low, delivering a sleek profile. Butterfly doors open to a cabin furnished for four. Other than the steering wheel, there isn't much in front of the driver other than the digital display running the width of the dashboard.

Cognac leather covers the front seats that are separated by a narrow center console covered in blue leather. Aluminum and carbon-fiber accents are sprinkled sparingly around the cabin. Yes, there is a cargo compartment behind the rear seats.

Genesis has built in plenty of connectivity, both vehicle to vehicle and vehicle to infrastructure. Essentia also integrates with devices and smart homes. It's as futuristic as you would expect a concept to be.

Will They Ever Sell It?

Doubtful, at least not any time soon. Although we can expect much of the technology to show up on future Genesis models.

Why It's Important

As a showcase of what's to come from Genesis, the Genesis Essentia is invaluable. That Genesis stylists actually penned the Essentia's stunning lines provides hope of more interesting designs to come.

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