2014 Hyundai Genesis spied, all-wheel-drive confirmed

The all-new 2014 Hyundai Genesis sedan has been snapped during cold weather testing, wearing an all-wheel-drive prototype model sticker.
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Hyundai's second generation full-size sedan shows off a sleeker profile than the current car, which sells predominantly in the US and Korea. The long, low nose reveals similarly slim but wide headlights with all-LED headlights. The rear end is comparatively high, with a sharp-edged boot lip.

While the sticker on the window says the Hyundai Genesis being tested is an all-wheel-drive 3.8-litre V6, it is expected that the 5.0-litre V8 model and rear-wheel-drive models will also continue in the range.

More interesting is the 10-speed automatic likely to debut in this car. Although German-based transmission specialists ZF have previously stated that a nine-speed automatic is at the upper limits of torque converter capability, and Mercedes-Benz is working on its own nine-speed, the 10-speed in the Genesis will be a Hyundai/Kia in house design.

With the focus on reducing weight, consumption and emissions, Hyundai's 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine is also tipped to get a run in this new generation Genesis. This may also be the first Hyundai to feature auto-braking technology, in addition to blind-spot warning and auto-park assistance.

For the first time, this Hyundai Genesis will be available in right-hand drive, and Hyundai Australia has confirmed that it is currently being considered for the Australian market.

The Hyundai Genesis sedan will debut in 2014, a full year ahead of its related coupe sibling already confirmed for the Australian market.

If the sedan is approved for our shores, Hyundai Australia has indicated that its sub-$70,000 Holden Caprice rival would arrive late in 2014, also months before the coupe is due.