Genesis has given us a first look at its next wave of electric vehicles with a shapely coupe concept.
The South Korean luxury automaker has revealed the Genesis X Speedium Coupe concept in New York at its Genesis House showroom and event space.
Genesis says, however, it isn’t a “conventional concept car that previews plans for the production line-up”, with chief creative officer Luc Donckerwolke saying it’s a “look into our design processes as we explore ideas for the next wave of EVs”.
A low-slung coupe, the X Speedium Coupe concept appears to be a new fastback iteration of the notchback Genesis X Concept that was revealed in March 2021.
Looking at the new concept as a whole, it also bears some similarities to the Genesis Essentia concept from 2018.
Though Genesis hasn’t indicated the concept will reach production, it has filed a trademark for the name ‘Genesis X Speedium Coupe’ in Australia, among other countries.
The luxury brand says the name Speedium was inspired by “the passion for motorsports felt by Genesis designers at the Korean racetrack”. It’s referring to the Inje Speedium racing circuit.
Implementing the signature ‘Two Lines’ design language, the Genesis X Speedium Coupe concept has a muscular hourglass silhouette, as well as a new face that’ll be applied to upcoming Genesis EVs.
A full-width Two Line light bar dips in the middle to create a triangular shape resembling the signature Genesis Crest grille. The light bar also integrates the daytime running lights, low- and high-beam all together.
The split-level lighting wraps around to the side of the car, and there’s a long bonnet and muscular wheel arches.
Door handles are concealed, and camera exterior side mirrors can also be seen like the ones fitted on the Genesis GV60.
From the back there’s a ducktail spoiler with a V-shaped third tail light integrated into it, as well as an elliptical scallop and an aggressive diffuser.
Like the front, there are split-level tail lights, something that’s become a trademark Genesis design element.
The Genesis X Speedium Coupe concept is finished in Inje Green, also inspired by the Inje Speedium racetrack in South Korea.
Genesis hasn’t revealed the X Speedium Coupe’s interior, though last year’s X Concept featured a driver-oriented cockpit with a dramatic, floating centre console and a raft of recycled and sustainable materials.
As with last year’s concept, Genesis hasn’t revealed specifications for the X Speedium Coupe’s electric powertrain.
In the same announcement, Genesis also revealed it’s also going to be producing the new, Electrified GV70 SUV at its Montgomery, Alabama manufacturing plant.
When production starts in December 2022, it’ll be the first Genesis model produced in the US.
For context, Genesis already produces the GV70 in petrol, diesel and all-electric forms at its South Korean plant in Ulsan.
The all-electric Genesis Electrified GV70 is set to arrive in Australia this year and will only be available in dual-motor guise. It’ll arrive at a similar time as the GV60 and Electrified G80.
Genesis has previously confirmed it wants to cease sales of petrol and diesel-powered vehicles, and is aiming to be fully carbon neutral by 2035.
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