What is it? What is it? Hyundai showed the HCD-14 Genesis concept at the Detroit auto show, which the carmaker says is more than eye candy.
Claiming it “might” be an indication of future production vehicles—like, perhaps, a replacement for the somewhat unexciting current Genesis?—the stylish concept has seating for five, and uses the 5.0-liter V8 from the current Genesis sedan, matched with an eight speed automatic transmission.
The styling exercise has a number of over-the-top elements, with the rear-hinged rear doors the element most unlikely to see production.
What is new or notable? The HCD-14 Genesis uses a combination of eye-tracking, thumb controls, and gesture recognition so the driver can select navigation, infotainment, audio, HVAC, and smartphone connectivity functions. Hyundai seems particularly proud that the center console has an iPad storage station that keeps the device “secure in spirited driving.”
CR's take: Tech is good, but toot much equals overload. We’ll see how much of this stuff makes it to production. And Hyundai’s talk of giving the concept a “premium-sport 4-door coupe road presence” makes it sound as if rear visibility will likely be challenged. Let’s hope a rear-view camera is standard.