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Next-gen Hyundai Genesis spied for the first time

Posted Dec 4th 2012 4:33PM


Don't let those Kias in the back of this photo fool you – the camouflaged car you're looking at here is the next-generation Hyundai Genesis. Remember, we've already seen Kia's new rear-wheel-drive flagship – the oh-so-suavely named Quoris – so this big roller is indeed the successor to Hyundai's Genesis sedan.

Codenamed "DH," the Genesis will ride on an updated version of Hyundai's rear-wheel-drive architecture, though as we've reported several times, all-wheel drive is also likely in the cards for the new model. Other DH enhancements will be the shedding of some weight – as much as a couple hundred pounds – and a sportier tuning.

Design wise, the new Genesis will get a much sleeker, more upscale look – something that's evident even with all of the camo glued to this test car. Up front there are revised LED running lamps, swoopier styling, and more elegant taillamps out back.

Powertrain options aren't expected to change too much, with the 3.8-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8 carrying over with only some simple massaging. Eight-speed automatic transmissions will be fitted across the board (like they are now), though a rumored ten-speed automatic 'box is even said to be in the works.

Click here for more of our spy shots and look for the new Genesis to bow sometime next year.

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