One common denominator about Motor shows around the world is that new cars are introduced with a regularity that matches the frequency of gear shifts when driving a manual shift car in a city centre. At the Detroit Auto Show, the same general rule applies.
The introduction of Hyundai‘s 2017 Genesis G90 is one of those events that is somehow rare in introducing new cars. That is, it is a rare occurrence to introduce entirely new cars. It does not happen frequently. When Hyundai unveiled the Genesis G90, the exposed car that stood gleaming on the podium was the first of its kind from Hyundai. Industry watchers insist this new car in effect replaces the Hyundai Equus. So, if the Genesis G90 is a replacement for the Equus, instinctively, there is a rush to compare the two: to see if the G90 is an upgrade in every sense of the word.
The Genesis G90 is a luxury sedan that comes with the complete package of being Hyundai’s latest flagship car. This means nothing is spared in terms of overall design to make sure it competed on the same footing with the established players like the BMW 7 series and the Mercedes Benz S-class.
So in keeping faith with what a flagship sedan should look like, the interior design was made very stylish and elegant. The quiet elegance is enhanced by the use of high quality durable materials. The regular features found in these sort of cars are also in abundance here. These include the abundant use of first grade Nappa leather, a top of the line Lexicon sound system with 17 speakers placed in strategic positions around the car’s interior, and a specially made driver’s seat fitted with heating and ventilation.
In the V8 models of the car, the rear seats are also designed like the driver’s seat, complete with heating and ventilation. People using the power-adjustable rear seats also have the benefit of two 9.2 inch monitors with all the infotainment control buttons found on the dashboard.
In terms of the the engines, two variants are available to the public to chose from. The V6 is a 3.3 litre twin turbo engine capable of generating 365 horsepower. The V8 on the other hand, is a 5.0 liter engine with a maximum horsepower of 420 hp. The V8 is definitely an upgrade on the V6.
Both models of the Genesis G90 come with industry standard 8-speed automatic gears that can also power the back wheels of the car. But the four wheel drive is not the standard here. It is optional for both models. This is Hyundai’s way of making sure that it caters to the needs of all kinds of buyers.
A Hyundai press release on the Genesis G90 stated that the aim of the company is to make sure that apart from including all safety, comfort and convenience features that buyers come to expect from a flagship, it would also offer the best features in terms of noise reduction, vibration and would also offer a more robust structure than other elite sedans like the Mercedes S-class.
The pricing for the Genesis G90 is yet to be released by Hyundai. But one thing is certain, if Hyundai intends to capture buyers’ allegiance from the established brands, the G90 would have to be significantly cheaper.