Genesis is one of those awesome automotive glow-ups that only happen every few decades, going from priced competence to style and luxury to do it all in three years. And from the appearance of his latest project, that momentum is expected to continue for the near future. Lucky for us, we were the first in the world to take a look at the all-electric Genesis X concept, which showcases the brand’s future philosophy and design.
Genesis first removed the vehicle covers at a private event in California, a region specially chosen for its electric vehicle friendliness as well as a vibrant automotive culture that appreciates solid design and good performance. Unusually, Genesis uses a two-door GT design to forge its way into the future of electric vehicles, instead of a much more commercially viable SUV or crossover. This is because the company is keen on maintaining the excitement and driving performance as the world increasingly adopts zero-emission powertrains.
The X’s coupe form factor also does wonders for the brand’s “Athletic Elegance” design language, with Genesis’ iconic grille with a mesh design the company calls G-Matrix. The hood wraps over the fenders for a seamless clamshell appearance, while retaining the full-length three-dimensional side pleat that runs from hood to tail. Massive flared fenders could belong to an old Audi rally car, giving the Genesis X a pounce-ready stance that is perfect for a sports concept.
On the X, Genesis’ so-called Two Lines design cues extend beyond the front and rear lights. The most interesting equals sign is a smooth, lighted front fender trim that appears to be a continuation of the headlight, but interrupted by the wheel arch. The accent mimics the front fender vents of an internal combustion car, but since it’s an electric vehicle, it doesn’t need additional cooling under the hood. Turning a vent into a light signature is a smart way to update the design for the modern age.
Further Two Lines details appear on the delicate side mirrors (in fact, they’re mounting points for a modern camera system). The Genesis X also features an unusual upkick in the beltline trim near the C-pillar, with a pair of slashes that separate a small triangular window from the rest of the greenhouse. There is more than a small Peugeot 504 / e-Legend or Mercedes CL in these side windows, two magnificent machines from which to draw inspiration and the Two Lines accents keep Genesis quite distinctly.
Seen from the rear, the Concept X sports attractive rhomboid taillights that surround the large rear hips, as well as a lower diffuser with two sharp accents on the far right and left edges, reminiscent of the shape of the front grille. . Meanwhile, the center-locking wheels (!) Sport a five-spoke design with fins that looks a bit like a wind turbine slicing through the breeze, with extremely subtle lace detailing on the hub. It’s a smart touch that connects the Genesis X with its other offerings. From the stem to the stern, it’s hard to find fault with the concept’s magnificent bodywork.
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Unfortunately, the vehicle we spent time with was an exterior model with no interior, but the company released images of the concept’s interior during the reveal event. The coupe’s intimate driver’s quarters include a pivoting center console cabin and a high console separating the front passengers. Genesis accentuates this distinction with different colourways – Scotch Brown for the aeronaut and Ocean Blue Green for the co-pilot, with a woven seat cover recycled from scraps of other leathers.
A two-spoke steering wheel carries an airbag cover with signature Genesis lace around the center badge. The cylindrical infotainment controller and corresponding shifter from current Genesis products are gone, replaced with an orb-shaped gear selector that also includes a drive mode switch. A sleek display within the confines of the driver’s cockpit area manages the infotainment and climate controls, removing the raised tablet-style touchscreen from the current G80, GV70 and GV80. Door armrests “float” above the panel with stylish accent lighting, and the bridge-style center console provides open storage below.
Genesis is clear on one thing: Concept X might not preview an actual production model of the company, but rather inform the design of future vehicles. The company has two EVs on the way soon, one of which will be based on an existing model (likely the GV70) and the other a bespoke electric vehicle built on Hyundai Motor Group’s E-GMP architecture. This vehicle will likely be inspired by the design of the Genesis X, with more Two Lines features than current products. It could also get the interior of the Concept X, removing the stand-alone infotainment display in favor of a more integrated approach.
However, if the company decides to go wild and put the sleek two-door coupe into production, we’ll welcome it with open arms. With surprisingly sporty details (peep those acid green brake calipers and four-point racing harnesses) laid on an incredibly graceful two-door bodywork, the Genesis X could pick up where the discontinued Polestar 1 left off, offering owners a supreme long distance. driving experience without sacrificing style, efficiency or performance.