With its lightweight, carbon fiber construction, multi-motor electric powertrain, and custom-tailored interior, Genesis is pushing for something both lovely and capable. Genesis says it is instead an evolution of the brand's current design values, with some slight inspiration from the GV80 SUV concept revealed at last year's NY show.
Officials claim the design marries "power and precision through artistry".
Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis, has showcased its most extravagant vehicle yet, the Essentia. It's low, too, giving it a dynamic and aggressive stance, while the Stardust Gray Metallic paint-job makes way for transparent sections in places, to expose the underlying carbon fiber body.
Its front fascia introduces an evolution of the Genesis Crest Grille that highlights efficiency and aerodynamics. "This highlights the exciting opportunities being explored in 3D printing which transcends the lengthy, inflexible and costly tooling process", said Donckerwolke.
The Essentia's interior also features a number of 3D printed components, including details made from 3D printed carbon fiber which are meant to add texture and a "sporty technical element" to the interior design. Ahead of the driver is an 8-inch widescreen display with piano black surround that shows important information, while the widescreen display is operated by a jewel-like central controller. Let's just hope it keeps the bubble roof.
The Genesis Essentia concept boasts supercar-like performance
The battery pack is housed in the center tunnel in an I-shape structure, as opposed to underneath the passenger compartment. The most striking thing about the Essentia is its two butterfly doors, which open silently with fingerprint- and facial recognition-enabled push-button controls. This allows Genesis Essentia to achieve the super-low, 50-inch roofline and spacious, GT-style cabin. The model has been built from the get-go to be connected, using technology "that surpasses the industry standard".
It's an approach that is being taken by multiple firms as auto makers increasingly collaborate with IT and biometrics specialists to bring advanced features to their vehicles. Essentia can inform the driver of up-to-the-minute road conditions, and help avoid accidents and traffic jams. From seat position to powertrain performance and audiophile system to chassis settings, the joy of the journey deserves technology to match.
There's integration with smart home equipment, and even support for mobile payments envisaged.
The auto will also connect to your smart home not that you would ever want to go back to your house if you ever got behind the wheel of the the Essentia. The transparent panels also give a view of the running gear, like the Formula car-style nose cone and exposed pushrod suspension.