Hyundai’s new Genesis Coupe has been spied testing in the US this week, rearing its head in public for the very first time.
The new coupe, initially expected to debut late next year, now appears likely to be further away from a production debut.
These shots of an early prototype mule, wearing the skin of the now six year-old first-generation model, suggest we may not see the new model until late 2016.
And, as a mule, this spied prototype also reveals little about the new model’s finer details.
However, it is clear that the new model will be larger than its predecessor, as revealed by the heavily modified bumpers at both ends and the exposed framework below the doors.
On that front, we can look to last year’s HND-9 concept for clues, with Hyundai confirming at the time that the coupe represented a preview of things to come.
Measuring 4695mm long overall, on a 2860mm wheelbase, the HND-9 is 50mm and 40mm longer respectively than the current Genesis Coupe.
The new coupe is expected to take its styling cues from the HND-9, including the Aston Zagato-like profile and the large gaping mouth.
The all-new Genesis sedan is likely to again provide the underpinnings for this new coupe, although its 3010mm wheelbase would be significant reduced for this project.
Engine options for the new coupe remain to be seen, although Hyundai made a telling move this year by deleting the current model’s four-cylinder turbo option.
This means the Genesis Coupe is now available exclusively with a 260kW V6 engine, which could point to the brand’s strategy for its next coupe.
And, unlike the current model, this new coupe is expected to be built in right-hand-drive - opening the door, like the new Genesis sedan, to an Australian launch.
Speaking with TMR in Korea earlier this year, Hyundai Australia boss John Elsworth spoke positively of the company’s hopes for a local debut.
“It's only been shown as a show car, and there's nothing that's been announced production-wise,” Elsworth said.
“But it's something that we want, yes. Absolutely.”
Watch this space.
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