Genesis X concept roadster looks for all the world like the first real challenger for the Mercedes-Benz SL line.
The new X convertible concept was revealed to a group of Genesis dealers and assembled media in California yesterday, ahead of this week’s LA Auto Show. The new four-seat roadster combines traditional roadster proportions and forward-looking Genesis styling cues in a way that, we think, effectively predicts the future of personal luxury cars.
“Genesis started life by producing sedans mainly targeting business users. While creating a new, differentiated design DNA, we gradually increased the emotional appeal by applying this DNA to the SUV typology,” said Chief Creative Officer, Luc Donckerwolke. “Now, electric powertrains have given us the perfect scenario in which to enjoy nature, and propelled the brand to create vehicles with even greater emotional resonance.”
For their part, Hyundai’s PR team is playing up that traditional long hood, short deck GT proportion. “The Genesis X Convertible concept’s long bonnet, generous dash-to-axle, short front overhang, and long wheelbase are drawn rearwards towards the long deck, accentuating its stately yet relaxed poise,” reads the official copy. “The anti-wedge Parabolic Line emphasizes the regal character of the profile, creating tension between the full surfaces through a gently rearward-sloping horizontal belt line, while muscular blisters around the wheels form an athletic ‘Coke bottle’ plan view and integrate into an elegant silhouette when viewed from the side.”
While the outside of the car screams “luxe,” the interior backs it up. Luxurious appointments abound in the X Convertible concept’s cabin, which takes the sensory experience of the Genesis roadster a step further with its electric powertrain and high-performance sound system developed by sound master, Guk-il Yu.
“It is the normal development of Genesis to increase the athletic and emotional facet of our design philosophy by creating an emotional trilogy: the X family,” said Luc Donckerwolke. “Innovation is the catalyst to becoming more engaged with the environment around us. We are in the process of transitioning Genesis into a company that will deliver products for customers to enjoy.”
You can check out a few more pictures of the car, below, then let us know what you think of Hyundai’s drop-top Genesis in the comments at the bottom of the page.
Genesis X Convertible Gallery
SOURCE | IMAGES: GENESIS.
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