Hyundai's upcoming new Genesis sedan has been spied testing again this week, following reports it will soon be joined by a smaller sibling.
Reports elsewhere suggest the 'regular' new Genesis sedan will make its first appearance at January's Detroit Auto Show, focusing on the model's target market: the US.
Speaking with auto site Edmunds, Hyundai Motors America's boss of product planning, Brandon Ramirez, reportedly confirmed the debut timing.
Previewed by the HCD-14 concept at this year's Detroit show, these disguised prototypes confirm that the new model will feature a swooping roofline and a more planted look.
Also visible are new LED headlights that look to follow the HCD-14’s edgy design, and taillights that feature three-dimensional glow detailing.
These latest shots also offer another look at the new model's cabin, revealing an expansive centre stack and a large centre display.
Unlike the current car, the new model is being developed for both right and left-hand drive - a move that will enable Hyundai to grow the Genesis brand internationally.
This significant revision to the Genesis’ rear-wheel-drive platform is also headed for the next-generation of the Genesis Coupe, which is expected to trail the sedan model’s launch by up to two years.
Engine details are still to be confirmed, but the existing 250kW 3.8 litre V6 and 320kW 5.0 litre V8 options are expected to continue.
The new model is expected to benefit from Hyundai’s recent emphasis on driving dynamics, with prototypes also spotted lapping the Nürburgring in Germany - ahead of the completion of Hyundai’s new dedicated test centre.
An official unveiling of the production Genesis sedan is expected in January, before going on sale in early 2014 - six years after the original Genesis’ debut.
An Australian debut for the new Genesis is believed to be under consideration, with Hyundai Australia's hopes buoyed by news of a right-hand-drive option for the new model.
If we do see it on our shores, it will be the Korean manufacturer’s first large-premium-sedan to launch on the Australian market.
As for the big sedan's Coupe sibling, Hyundai Australia has openly confirmed that a local debut is on the company's agenda.