What Changed for 2009:
- All-new model becomes Hyundai flagship
- Luxury sport sedan built on new rear-wheel-drive (RWD) platform
- Choice of a V-6 engine or Hyundai's first V-8 engine
- Each engine mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic
- Features include 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, adaptive front lights, smart cruise control
- Five-passenger cabin larger than BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class
- Electronic stability control, eight air bags, anti-lock brakes (ABS) on all models
- Most expensive Hyundai starts at $33,000
The new Genesis sedan tops the mainstream Hyundai lineup. It represents the first RWD model, and the first carrying a V-8 engine, for the South Korean automaker. Hyundai touts the new Genesis as the first V-8 performance sedan from a non-luxury Asian brand. Hyundai press materials mention the BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class and Infiniti M
as engineering and image benchmarks, but also identify the Chrysler 300
, Lexus ES 350
and Pontiac G8
as the likely competitive set.
Hyundai emphasizes the driving performance of the Genesis: a 290-hp V-6 or a 375-hp V-8 engine; two 6-speed automatic transmissions; 5-link independent suspension front and rear; a 52/48 front/rear weight distribution; and a stiffer body due to the use of high-tensile steel. Measuring 196 inches long and 74.4 inches wide, and riding on a 115.6-inch wheelbase, the Genesis is a bit larger than most midsize cars. Hyundai says its cabin is more spacious than a Mercedes-Benz E-Class or a BMW 7 Series
. Wood trim on the instrument panel, leather heated seats, a windshield defogger with a humidity sensor, and rain-sensing wipers are among the Genesis 4.6's standard features.
Hyundai offers data that shows that the Genesis' road noise, passing noise and wind noise is comparable to that of the BMW 530i and the Lexus LS 460
. Hyundai says it uses anti-vibration parts, filling materials and even an under-floor cover to create more silence. In addition to Hyundai's standard 10-year or 100,000-mile limited powertrain warranty and 5-year or 60,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, the Genesis comes with 5 years of 24-hour roadside assistance with no mileage limit.Model Lineup
The two-model Genesis sedan lineup relies on engine displacement for its designation. The Genesis 3.8 comes with the 3.8-liter V-6 engine, while the Genesis 4.6 carries the 4.6-liter V-8 engine. The Genesis 3.8 gets a V-6 engine; 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic; electronic stability control with traction control; and anti-lock brakes. Standard are 17-inch alloy wheels; fog lights; automatic headlights; dual power and heated side mirrors; and leather and heated front seats. Cruise control; proximity key with push-button start; automatic air conditioning; and a leather-wrapped steering wheel that tilts and comes with audio controls are part of the standard Genesis 3.8 package.
Found on the Genesis 4.6 are the features of the 3.8 plus 18-inch alloy wheels; chrome exterior trim pieces; upgraded leather seats and leather dash and door trim inserts. That model also gets a tilt and sliding power sunroof; memory seats; the Lexicon 15-speaker stereo with a 6-disc CD changer; and a wood-and-leather steering wheel. Also, the Genesis 4.6 includes an auto-dimming rearview mirror with HomeLink and a compass; power rear window shade; and wipers that turn on automatically when it starts raining.
Eight exterior colors, including Cabernet Red Pearl, are paired with Jet Black, Cashmere or Saddle interior color packages.Powertrain
Genesis buyers will be able to select from a 290-hp, Lambda 3.8-liter V-6 engine and the new 4.6-liter Tau V-8 engine. That engine produces an estimated 375 hp (using premium fuel) and 368 hp (with regular fuel). The 3.8-liter V-6 engine generates 290 hp and 264 lb.-ft. of torque. It features Continuously Variable Valve Timing (CVVT) and a new Variable Intake System (VIS) for better torque throughout the power range and improved breathing at both low and high RPM, Hyundai says. According to EPA estimates, the 3.8-liter V-6 engine with its Aisin 6-speed automatic transmission will get 18 mpg city/27 mpg highway. This engine's timing chains require no scheduled maintenance, the automaker says.
Press materials suggest a 0-to-60 mph time of 5.7 seconds for the Tau V-8 engine. The automaker says the engine offers more power per liter than the V-8 engines in the Lexus GS
, Infiniti M, Pontiac G8 and Chrysler 300. The Genesis 4.6 will get 17 mpg city/25 mpg highway, according to EPA estimates. The V-8 engine features dual Continously Variable Valve Timing (D-CVVT) and a two-step Variable Induction System (VIS). A ZF 6-speed automatic transmission with Shiftronic is paired with the V-8 powerplant. Both engines receive the EPA's Ultra Low Emission Vehicle II (ULEV-II) rating.
Five-link front and rear independent suspension offer a more precise ride and less kickback response through the steering wheel, Hyundai says, adding that the Amplitude Selective Dampers (ASD) in the Genesis improve ride comfort without compromising handling. Hyundai notes that Lexus
use the ASD technology. U.S. executives say the Genesis' dynamics are optimized for American drivers.Safety
Standard safety features on the 2009 Hyundai Genesis include eight air bags, including side bags for rear-seat passengers; electronic stability control (ESC); and electronic active head restraints in the front seat. Hyundai says this is the first appearance of the technology in a mainstream brand. The ABS includes brake assist and electronic brake-force distribution. Adaptive front lights that swivel slightly when cornering and an electronic parking brake also are standard. Front and rear bumpers feature eight sensors to help warn when objects are close with a dashboard distance reading and a beep.
Neither the federal government nor the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS
) has released crash-test data on the new 2009 Hyundai Genesis.Technology
Hyundai says the Lexicon Discrete 7.1 Surround audio system, with LOGIC 7 technology, is found on two models-the Genesis sedan and the Rolls-Royce Phantom
. The system features 17 speakers, a 12-channel digital amplifier and produces 528 watts. The Genesis also gets an HD digital receiver, and standard XM satellite radio. A USB/iPod auxiliary input jack and Bluetooth are standard on the sedan. A navigation system with an 8-inch monitor is optional. It is controlled by a multi-media controller positioned behind the shifter. A rear back-up safety system with camera can be added. XM NavTraffic, which offers real-time traffic information and alerts, is part of the package. The leather-wrapped steering wheel features ultraviolet reflective material to keep it cooler-a segment exclusive, Hyundai says.
Available Trims for the 2009 Hyundai Genesis Sedan
||6 speed automatic
|| 290-hp / 3.8L 6-cyl
||6 speed automatic
|| 375-hp / 4.6L 8-cyl