Genesis Essentia Concept previews electric GT set for Europe

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With its lightweight, carbon fiber construction, multi-motor electric powertrain, and custom-tailored interior, Genesis is pushing for something both attractive and capable.

The Essentia Concept comes on the heels of Genesis's other big launch at the NY show: the 2019 G70, which sits among the six new models Genesis will introduce to the global market by 2021.

Exterior Inspiration: Updating an Icon Throughout the design, the philosophy of "Athletic Elegance" has a prominent role, marrying power and precision through artistry.

Hyundai's luxury arm, Genesis, has showcased its most extravagant auto yet, the Essentia.

Genesis' traditional grille is hinted at, but in a more abstract way, at the front. Genesis Essentia is the brand's first battery electric vehicle and features a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque, multi-motor electric powertrain, and a custom-tailored interior. "This highlights the exciting opportunities being explored in 3D printing which transcends the lengthy, inflexible and costly tooling process".

The Essentia's interior also features a number of 3D printed components, including details made from 3D printed carbon fiber which are meant to add texture and a "sporty technical element" to the interior design.

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A widescreen display dominates the cockpit, apart from an eight-inch digital instrument cluster greeting the driver.

Installing the battery pack in the center tunnel, rather than under the floor, allowed the design team to keep the auto low, just 50 inches high.

The Genesis Essentia incorporates a highly modern cockpit, reminiscent of racing cockpit racing and, of course, like any good supercar, the butterfly doors are part of it. This allows Essentia to achieve the super-low, 50-inch roofline and spacious, GT-style cabin.

Disconnectivity: A New Standard Essentia was created to be thoroughly connected to the world around it, while providing its occupants a virtual escape. Perhaps as a precursor to fully automated driving, the Essentia includes advanced machine learning and vehicle-to-infrastructure/vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Through this, it is capable of updating the driver with up-to-the-minute road conditions to avoid jams and busy routes.

Essentia also integrates smart homes and devices, offering situation-based, personalized recommendations. The transparent panels also give a view of the running gear, like the Formula car-style nose cone and exposed pushrod suspension. It can also be used as a payment tool, through the mobile payments feature on the center screen.