There are still few signs of the overdue latest-generation Hyundai Genesis coupe, with the company’s Australian arm saying there’s nothing tangible in its short-term pipeline.
Hyundai has been saying since 2011 that it would produce a global Genesis coupe flagship in left- and right-hand-drive configurations. The company’s then-global president and CEO Steve S Yang confirmed as much to media at the time.
Since then, Hyundai Australia has been effusive about bringing a flagship coupe here. Interestingly, in the early days following that announcement it was in fact the sedan that appeared less likely for our market.
Now, more than six months on from the local launch of the $60,000-$82,000 Genesis sedan model that wasn’t originally mooted, a muscular two-door remains looks to be only a spot on the horizon.
Pictured above: Hyundai HCD-14 concept.
“We can’t see a Genesis coupe on any production plan,” Hyundai Australia COO John Elsworth told us this week.
That’s not to say it won’t happen. It’s understood that the replacement model to the current LHD-only 2008 version that is still on sale in the US is in testing, though when exactly it appears is unclear.
Whether this version is a re-skin of the current model or uses new mechanicals — such as Hyundai‘s HTRAC all-wheel-drive system — is unknown. Engines could be its 317kW 5.0-litre Tau V8 and its forthcoming 270kW 3.3-litre turbo six.
Pictured above: Hyundai Genesis coupe test mule captured recently, using current car’s sheetmetal.
A Genesis Coupe in Australia would potentially be a handy foil to hot property such as the forthcoming $45K Ford Mustang — well, perhaps not the same ballgame, but certainly the same sport. It would also be an additional image leader for the brand.
The company maintains, as ever, that a RHD version would be on its agenda for Australia if and when it becomes available.
The direction in which Hyundai is expected to go design-wise can be ascertained from the gorgeous HND-9 concept (pictured at top) that it revealed way back in March 2013.