Smaller Hyundai Genesis Coming: Report Photo:
Mike Stevens | Feb, 18 2014 | 2 Comments

Reports of a smaller offering in the Hyundai Genesis range are back in the spotlight this week, following the unveiling late last year of the new full-size model.

This time, the source is Hyundai America boss Dave Zuchowski, suggesting in an interview with industry paper Automotive News that such a model could be right around the corner.

"That's one of the conversations. I think it's fair to say that within a couple of years there may be another premium [model]," Zuchowski said. "That's a space where we think there's some opportunity."

The new model would slot in below the large Equus and Genesis models, entering as a rival to the Lexus IS, Infiniti Q50 and the European establishment.

As with its current premium models, the new 'mini Genesis' would likely ride on a rear-wheel-drive platform, helping to boost the car's premium credentials. (Although Audi has done well with mostly front- and all-wheel-drive models.)

We can only speculate on which engines would power the new model, although the 205kW 2.0 litre turbo four offered with the Genesis Coupe would seem a likely option.

The coupe's eight-speed automatic transmission would also be a likely starter with the new sedan, although the company's coming 10-speed auto would be a likely addition.

As for the new Genesis sedan and Genesis Coupe, the new sedan appeared in 2013, while the coupe is expected to surface later this year.

The Coupe has not yet been spied in testing, although Hyundai promises its HND-9 Sports concept, revealed in March, offers an idea of what we can expect.

Importantly, the new Coupe has also been confirmed for an Australian debut.

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