With a big V6 up front and rear wheel drive mechanicals underneath, the Hyundai Genesis has often been mooted as a potential successor to Holden’s Caprice and Calais ranges once the local models wrap up later this year. While sedans are all well and good, where’s the Genesis ute?
Wonder no more. Although Hyundai isn’t responsible for this particular example, one enterprising owner in the United States has taken matters into his own hands and created a ready-to-work version.
According to the seller’s description on classifieds site Craigslist, the Genesis donor car was involved in an accident with just 2197 kilometres under its belt, primarily damaging the vehicle’s rear end, although a new bonnet, grille, radiator support and radiator were also required.
The self-confessed Genesis fan admits to always wanting to create a Frankenute from Hyundai’s plush sedan, but although he originally had a show car in mind, circumstances conspired against him.
The ad listing reveals that paint quality isn’t exactly top-notch, the electronic park brake, fuel gauge, and audio system don’t work, and the check engine light is a constant companion, but the good news is rather than the V6 of Aussie models, this Genesis pickup runs a 5.0-litre V8 with 313kW.
As for the ute bits, the bed is crafted from aluminium checker plate, but as the pictures reveal it doesn’t seem like much care or design work went into its construction with massive rear wheel arch pods hiding the Genesis’ standard suspension components, a slapped-on tool box on the passenger’s side, and what could be the narrowest tray this side of a Suzuki Mighty Boy.
On the plus side, the owner wants just US$16,500 (A$22,300) making his Genesis quite a bit cheaper than a brand new one - you’ll pay from $61,500 to $82,000 for a V6 Genesis in Australia depending on the specification.
The purchase price also includes all the removed bits from the original car, including the rear seat and rear doors, plus the dubiously-styled Kia chrome wheels as fitted to the car. You’d also be buying the car under an Arizona salvage title, essentially telling the world (in case they weren’t sure) that it’s a repaired write-off.
With the hard work already done, a new tray could be all that’s needed to lift this unfortunate Genesis from the ashes - and hey, with the rear doors and rear seat included in the deal you might even be able to fashion a Crewman-style dual cab ute out of this unusual modified Genesis.