In case you still don’t know what Genesis is, it is Hyundai’s ambitious standalone luxury brand. At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Genesis showed off a stunning new electric grand tourer show car that previews its future design direction.
The Essentia is one of the best-looking concepts I have seen in a while, and that’s likely because it was designed by Luc Donckerwolke, a former design head at Lamborghini and Bentley that was poached in 2015 to run design for Genesis, and overseen by Bugatti Chiron designer Sasha Selipanov. The fact that it doesn’t look overly conceptual and was heavily inspired by the beautiful 1964 Ferrari 275 Lusso are other reasons.
It embodies a grand tourer, featuring classic GT proportions like a sleek and low profile, a long deck, and muscular rear haunches. A glass bubble roof extends down past the cowl and over where a hood would be. Instead of an engine — this is an electric car with we’re talking about, so there is’t one — elements of a pushrod suspension peek through the glass cover.
Butterfly doors raise up to reveal a remarkably uncluttered interior with a large curved-glass interface that spans the width of the dashboard. The center console features only four levers for gear selection and climate control, and one round dial for auxiliary functions.
The Essentia has a carbon fiber monocoque, making it light enough for its mutli-motor electric powertrain to propel it from zero to 60 mph in three seconds… if it were real. Designers laid the batteries in an “I” pattern along where the transmission and driveshaft would be, rather than under the passenger compartment like in current electric vehicles.
It’s a shame that the Essentia is just a concept and only elements of its striking design will inspire future Genesis cars. It’s definitely as interesting, bold and handsome as anything we’ve seen from Europe and Japan in recent years.
Just imagine a Genesis Coupe looking like it…
Toyota Supra TRD Concept Shows Off New Carbon Fiber Parts
It’s an unbridled love affair with carbon fiber.
Not long after taking the wraps off at the Detroit Auto Show, Toyota has revealed a TRD Concept that shows off some of the accessories from Toyota Racing Development possibly coming to the Japanese sports car.
Unveiled at the Osaka Auto Messe aftermarket show, the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD is fitted with many new carbon fiber parts to increase downforce and reduce lift. The front spoiler, side skirts, and rear spoiler and spats are all crafted from carbon fiber, while a carbon fiber door garnish replaces the stock faux vent to reduce turbulence of the airflow over the rear end.
The exterior is finished in a muted silver color that compliments the carbon fiber parts nicely, while unique 19-inch wheels highlight the four corners.
Unfortunately, TRD made no upgrades under the hood. Power is provided by the stock Supra’s turbocharged 3.0L inline-six, generating the same ol’ 335 hp and 365 lb-ft. of torque.
It’s not known if or when these carbon fiber parts and new wheels will be available, and whether they will remain exclusive to the Japanese market like many TRD parts in the past. Either way, share your thoughts about the Toyota GR Supra Performance Line Concept TRD in the comments below.
This Crossover Concept Previews Cadillac’s First-Ever EV
It came out of nowhere and shocked the Detroit Auto Show.
Cadillac followed up the unveiling of the Cadillac XT6 large crossover with a preview of its first-ever all-electric vehicle.
Taking the form of premium electric crossover, the concept is striking and likely also hints at the brand’s future design direction.
“Cadillac’s EV will hit the heart of the crossover market and meet the needs of customers around the world,” said Steve Carlisle, president of Cadillac. “It will represent the height of luxury and innovation while positioning Cadillac as the pinnacle of mobility.”
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The surprising reveal comes not long after General Motors announced that Cadillac will lead its electric vehicle strategy, effectively making it the automaker’s Tesla-fighter. Specific details such as power or features aren’t known, nor do we have a definitive timetable as to when the production model will be ready, but it will be the first GM vehicle to be built on the company’s forthcoming dedicated EV platform and should offer level 4 autonomous capabilities at the least.
In essence, not only will the vehicle be Cadillac’s first step into the EV world, but it will also push it deeper into the autonomous realm.
Lexus LC Convertible Concept Previews Stylish Drop-Top Roadster
The rumors about the LC 500 getting a droptop version were true after all.
Lexus has revealed the LC Convertible Concept, which likely previews an upcoming open-top roadster and hints at a shift in the LC’s design language.
Presented as a roadster, the LC Convertible Concept is designed to express “ultimate beauty” and serve as an aspirational halo vehicle for the entire Lexus lineup. Its proportions are nearly identical to the LC Coupe but stands out with a steeply-raked windshield and a contoured trunk lid.
“This concept takes the unmistakable design of the LC coupe and reimagines it as a future convertible,” said Tadao Mori, chief designer of the LC Convertible concept. “It blends all the best aspects of the original coupe with the dynamic design of an open-air convertible.”
The interior features white leather trim, contrasted by yellow accent stitching to break up an otherwise monochrome look.
The Lexus LC Convertible Concept appears to be close to production-ready. Do you want one?