Hyundai's new HND-9 concept has debuted in Seoul this week, and now 'the secret' is out: in some way, in some form, this is a preview of the next Genesis Coupe.
Developed at its Namyang R&D centre, Hyundai describes the HND-9 as an evolution of its "Fluidic Sculpture" styling language. (Surely also an evolution of some sort of prehistoric shark... - Ed.)
Importantly, Hyundai's local arm has also laid to rest any fear that Australian buyers will miss out on a rear-wheel-drive coupe from Korea: the next Genesis Coupe is coming here.
Power in the big new coupe concept is provided by Hyundai's 3.3 litre turbocharged engine, sending 270kW rearwards through an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The HND-9 measures 4695mm long and rides on a 2860mm wheelbase - 50 and 40mm longer, respectively, than the current Genesis Coupe.
As for styling, the HND-9 embodies the traditional coupe profile and a back-set cabin that flows through to a high rear deck and a sharp drop-off.
As a concept, the four-seater HND-9 will feature large butterfly doors that open all the way to the B/C-pillar, although this feature will likely make way for conventional doors in any production form.
Slender front and rear lighting are connected to intakes and vents by a slim LED lighting feature, and a wide grille dominates the face of the new coupe.
Watch TMR for developments on the next Genesis Coupe model's introduction, likely to occur sometime in 2015.
The next generation Genesis coupe, which will draw on technical and stylistic elements from the HND-9, has been confirmed for the Australian market but timing has yet to be announced.
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