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?

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: