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HCD-14 shows Hyundai's luxury future

Detroit Motor Show - With the current Genesis sedan, Hyundai has already proven that it can make a large, refined rear-wheel drive sedan.

But one that's also emotionally engaging and interesting to look at?

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That's likely to happen with the next generation and your biggest clue to that is the HCD-14 Genesis concept that's just been unveiled in Detroit.

Stylists gave the design study what Hyundai calls a “fluidic-precision, liquid-metal design language,” with “gemstone-like design surfaces.”

That large brushed-metal grille is still growing on us, but at least the shape is smooth and that sloping C-pillar gives it a sporty stance from behind. The basic silhouette should translate well into production form, but those rear-hinged rear doors are unlikely to make it over.

Hyundai North America's chief designer Christopher Chapman is particularly proud of the interior: “Inside, a driver-centric cockpit prioritizes dramatic sculpture over infotainment button overload.

“Laminated and milled-wood detailing delivers a fresh, topographical map-like visual interest throughout the cabin-length centre console.”

Interior highlights include a double-cresting-wave centre console design and a system that uses eye-tracking and 3-D hand-gesture recognition to remove the distractions associated with manual controls.

And concentration will be necessary, given that the concept is powered by a 5-litre direct injection V8 engine, mated to an eight-speed autobox. -IOL Motoring Staff

See the reveal on video:

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