The second-generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe could lose its 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine, with the South Korean brand aiming to push the mid-size two-door sports car upmarket.
The new-generation Hyundai Genesis Coupe – as was previewed in concept form with the stylish HND-9 showcar in 2013 (pictured) – was expected to largely carry over the same drivetrain options as the current model, which is to say that a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder would open the range below a 3.8-litre petrol V6.
However, Automotive News reports that won’t be the case, according to Derek Joyce, product public relations manager for Hyundai America. Joyce indicated that the line-up of the 2015 model year Genesis (which is expected to be the current-shape Genesis but with tweaks for its final production year) will be modified to be a V6-only range, though it’s unclear if he was speaking of the US market or on a global scale.
“We will accommodate the full range of Genesis Coupe buyers by repackaging equipment to meet everything from an entry-level buyer to a fully-loaded buyer,” Joyce said, indicating that Hyundai wants to push the Genesis Coupe more upmarket, as it has with the new Genesis sedan. Joyce said the move will “allow us to reposition the coupe with a more premium performance buyer”.
If the next-gen Genesis does drop the 2.0-litre turbo engine, there’s a distinct possibility that powerplant could make its way to the smaller Veloster Turbo. Indeed, the company appears to be toying with the idea of a more ferocious Veloster, showcasing a midship-mounted 2.0-litre turbo with 220kW of power in the RM show car at the 2014 Busan motor show last week.
The new Genesis Coupe has been confirmed to be offered in Australia and will arrive in 2015. It will join the Genesis luxury sedan, which launches later this year.