In only a few years, Hyundai’s Genesis luxurious model has developed a good lineup of sedans. However on the 2019 New York Auto Present, Genesis displayed a really completely different sort of car. The Genesis Mint idea is a small electrical automotive designed for metropolis driving. Whereas it isn’t manufacturing prepared, the Mint reveals what a smaller Genesis mannequin may appear like.
Metropolis-focused vehicles are typically tall and slim, attempting to maximise inside house whereas minimizing the car’s footprint. Simply have a look at the BMW i3 and Sensible Fortwo. Genesis tried one thing completely different with the Mint idea. It’s small, sure, but in addition low and extensive. The physique can be tapered entrance to again, going from a large, imposing entrance finish to a pointed tail. As a substitute of a conventional hatch, two vertically-opening doorways enable entry to the cargo space. A design like this in all probability wouldn’t be very sensible in the actual world, however who wants practicality if you’ve bought type?
The inside is equally uncommon. The rectangular steering wheel will get its personal embedded display, and is surrounded by six further screens. It’s laborious not to take a look at this setup and consider Chinese language startup Byton’s idea vehicles, which additionally place screens within the steering wheel. However it’s unclear if this strategy would really be simpler to make use of in the actual world, or whether or not designers are simply attempting to indicate off how good they’re at cramming screens into automotive dashboards.
The Mint’s battery-electric powertrain delivers as much as 200 miles of driving vary. It’s suitable with 350-kilowatt fast-charging expertise, however Genesis is conserving the remainder of the automotive’s specs (like its horsepower and torque outputs) beneath wraps in the interim.
If the Mint idea, or one thing prefer it, had been to enter manufacturing, its most direct competitor could be the BMW i3. Just like the Mint, the i3 was designed to be used in cities. However the i3 hasn’t precisely created a wave of luxurious electrical metropolis vehicles, so it’s stunning that Genesis would design an idea automotive for this area of interest. Most different luxurious automakers are specializing in bigger electrical vehicles to rival the Tesla Mannequin S and Mannequin X.
The Genesis Mint idea isn’t destined for manufacturing, nevertheless. It was simply an excuse for designers at Genesis studios in North America, Europe, and Asia to collectively flex their inventive muscle tissue. The following new manufacturing mannequin from Genesis will seemingly by an SUV, presumably borrowing styling cues from the GV80 idea. We’re nonetheless hoping for a manufacturing model of the Essentia electrical supercar idea Genesis dropped at the New York Auto Present in 2018.