Tuesday, March 13, 2007

2007 New York Auto Show: Hyundai To Unveil New Luxury Sedan Concept

2007 New York Auto Show: Hyundai To Unveil New Luxury Sedan Concept

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. - Hyundai Motor America announced today that it will unveil the Concept Genesis at the 2007 New York Auto Show. According to the company, the new concept sedan points the way toward a future premium rear-wheel-drive sedan.

Hyundai's rapid rise in the U.S. market has led the Korean company to commission a new luxury sedan that will slot above the current Azera flagship. Although no additional details about the Concept Genesis were released, the existence of this premium sedan has been no secret.

Various prototypes have been caught testing over the past year, each one revealing a little more about this new Hyundai that's expected to cost roughly $30K-$35K. It rides on a 116-inch wheelbase, which puts it in the same league as the Audi A8 and BMW 7 Series in terms of size.

Although a V8 engine was rumored to be in the works, a prototype caught with its hood open revealed a V6 driving the rear wheels.

The interior features broad swaths of wood trim on the dash and center console. Leather trim covers nearly everything else. The backseat appears to offer generous legroom on par with anything short of a Lincoln Town Car.

What this means to you: Hyundai will soon have a sedan for nearly every budget, and if it's anything like its current products, the production version of the Concept Genesis will have a very competitive price to go along with its long list of features and industry-leading warranty.

Date posted: 03-12-2007 www.edmunds.com

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