About the 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan

Second generation sedan receives available all-wheel drive.

2015 Hyundai Genesis.
2015 Hyundai Genesis.

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis made its debut at the 2014 North American International Auto Show in Detroit this past Jan. Sales will begin this spring for the second generation of this larger rear-wheel drive sedan.

The new Genesis advances fluidic sculpture 2.0 or the second generation of a design language popularized by the Sonata midsize sedan. The new model returns with its current engine and transmission offerings intact, but numerous other updates including all-wheel drive bring this luxury sedan up a notch.

2015 Hyundai Genesis

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis is priced from $38,000 with its 3.8-liter V-6 engine paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission. For another $2,500 you get all-wheel drive. A 5.0-liter V-8 engine is also available, but is sold in rear-wheel drive only ($51,500).

The sedans sub-$40,000 price point keeps it the value leader in the midsize luxury sedan class. The Genesis chief competitors include the Cadillac CTS, Audi A6, BMW 5 Series, Mercedes-Benz E-Class, and the Lexus GS.

In the Hyundai line up, Genesis sits between the Azera and Equus. Both models were reviewed on Auto Trends this year; well take a look at the all-new Genesis once it makes it way to us through the fleet rotation.

2015 Hyundai Genesis

Fluidic Sculpture 2.0

The latest Genesis sedan features crisp lines providing a distinct look with its polished lines and refined presentation. Essentially, Hyundais designers took the earlier design language and relaxed it in some sections while sharpening it in other areas. Up front is a six-slat hexagonal grille flanked by new headlamps and standard daytime running lights.

Sharp creases run from the edges of the grille and to the back of the hood. Profile character lines extend from the headlamps across the door handles to the tail lamps. Rocker panel trim, elegantly arched wheel wells, jeweled tail lamps and quad chrome exhaust finishers are among the other exterior highlights of note.

Larger, More Luxurious Cabin

Inside, Hyundai says that Genesis has a more open feel including simplified switchgear, a more sensible layout, and upgraded storage areas. A new head-up display (HUD) is among the the many technologies available or standard with the 2015 Hyundai Genesis. Other technologies include a TFT LCD display, smart cruise control, blind spot detection, forward collision alert, lane departure warning, and navigation.

Leather seating is standard with the 3.8 version and ultra-premium leather is provided with the 5.0. Every model is outfitted with 12-way (16-way 5.0) power driver and front passenger seats with 4-way lumbar support, heated front seats, heated rear seats with the AWD model only, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, steering wheel-mounted controls, and two 12-volt outlets. The 5.0 edition also brings in ventilated seats, a power tilt and slide panoramic glass sunroof, genuine matte finish wood, aluminum accents, illuminated door sills, manual rear side sunshades, and a power rear sunshade. Choosing the 5.0 also brings in a 14-speaker Lexicon surround sound audio system.

Dimensions and Fuel Economy

Hyundai claims that the Genesis has the largest interior volume in its class measuring 123 cubic feet. That breaks down to 107.7 cubic feet in passenger volume and 15.3 cubic feet in cargo volume. The new model sits on a longer wheelbase 118.5 versus 115.6, but is nearly the same length as the previous model at 196.5 inches, up from 196.3 inches.

The sedan has also put on some weight, adding approximately 100 to 300 pounds depending on the model. Despite the added poundage, fuel economy improves with the standard model, delivering 18 mpg in the city and 29 mpg on the highway, a 2 mpg increase for the open road. Fuel economy for the V-8 remains at 15 mpg in the city and 23 mpg on the highway.

Photos courtesy of Hyundai Motor America.

Larger, More Luxurious 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan Debuts

On the eve of the New York International Auto Show media days, GM used Manhattans Lincoln Center as the stage for debuting its all-new 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan. Home to the Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center also hosts the New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, among the leading performing arts companies in the world.

That backdrop was, of course, on purpose as it was meant to showcase Cadillacs most important model and associate it with the type of customer the brand already reaches: sophisticated, educated and wealthy patrons of the arts, individuals that have a corresponding taste in vehicles. Enter the 2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan.

2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan
2014 Cadillac CTS Sedan.

Cadillac CTS Sedan

Introduced by Mark Adams, executive director Cadillac global design, the Cadillac CTS Sedan was described as the centerpiece of the product line. Specifically, the CTS Sedan, …has ascended into the top levels of midsize luxury. Adams also noted that each new generation of the CTS is tasked with moving the entire brand forward, a sedan that now enters its third generation.

The Cadillac CTS Sedan was introduced in 2002, the first modern rear-wheel-drive Cadillac, a model that brought to the world its art & science design language. It has since been joined by wagon and coupe variants, although these body styles may be discontinued.

Three Powertrain Choices

The marque’s design language has evolved through the years and the new Cadillac CTS Sedan advances that. As before, rear-wheel-drive is standard; all-wheel-drive is available. A normally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 drives the CTS with a twin-turbo version of this engine available.

A third engine, a 2.0-liter turbocharged four is also available. The smallest engine is paired with a six-speed automatic transmission, the larger engines get an all-new paddle-shift eight speed automatic transmission.

Longer, Lighter Sedan

The newest Cadillac CTS Sedan sits on a wheelbase that is 1.2 inches longer than the outgoing model and is five inches longer overall. Still, it manages to come in lighter and weighs nearly 200 pounds less than the comparable BMW 528i. Indeed, it is that very same BMW and like models from Mercedes-Benz and Audi that are firmly centered in the sedans competitive crosshairs, completing a long promised upmarket transition.

The most notable changes can be seen in the fascia as the grille is wider, offers more detail, while the new headlamp design moves up and across the hood line. LED lighting provides verve, a snappy embellishment that connects with the flowing body line characteristics of this luxury sedan. A similar lighting treatment is found on the chiseled rear deck, providing what Cadillac describes as a crisp, uniform appearance.

Bright, Sophisticated Cabin

Step inside and the cabin offers more room, blending the latest technologies with hand-crafted surfaces. Real wood, carbon fiber and aluminum are offered among the eight available design schematics as is leather including hand-crafted semi-aniline leather that is cut and sewn for each model.

The newest features found inside include 20-way adjustable front seats, with heating and cooling possibilities. A motorized cupholder in the center console, an electronically locking glove box and an 11-speaker Bose audio sound system are standard. Optionally, a 13-speaker Bose surround sound system is also available.

Cadillac Safety Features

The Cadillac line has been setting the pace with safety features, providing 10 airbags standard and with its one-year OnStar subscription.

Automatic parking assist is new to the CTS, while front and rear braking kick in to bring this sedan to a safe stop in emergency situations. Its safety alert seat technology vibrates a warning to prepare drivers when a crash is imminent or when another vehicle is in its blind spot.

Other safety features standard or available include adaptive cruise control, forward collision alert, panic brake assist, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. The CTS also offers a rear vision camera with dynamic guidelines and adaptive forward lighting.

What Comes Next

Beyond the CTS Sedan, we can expect new and updated Cadillac models to roll out including the ELR plug-in hybrid coupe, new versions of the SRX crossover and Escalade SUV, and perhaps a larger crossover to slot between the SRX and Escalade.

Cadillac hasnt said where the CTS coupe and wagon will stand in all this, but our guess is that these models will be dropped. Instead, coupe and wagon variants may eventually roll out with the ATS line, Cadillacs compact model that competes directly with BMWs 3 Series.

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Photos courtesy of General Motors Company.