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Hyundai Genesis : Luxury sedan spied in Australia

The Hyundai Genesis sedan has been spied in Australia roughly six months out from its local introduction.

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CarAdvice snapped the Genesis near Hyundai's Sydney headquarters where engineers are currently tuning it for Australian road conditions and customer preferences.

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Hyundai Australia public relations general manager Bill Thomas confirmed the local division planned to fine-tune the large luxury sedan’s suspension and steering set-up over the next few months in what he described as “one of the most detailed and intensive local tuning programs we’ve ever done”.

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The localisation program is likely to have a sporting skew to emphasise the luxury model’s performance undertones. CarAdvice understands it will be benchmarked against fellow premium large sedans, such as the BMW 5 Series and Mercedes-Benz E-Class.

The Hyundai Genesis will go on sale locally in the third quarter of this year powered by a 248kW/394Nm 3.8-litre V6 and paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power to the rear wheels.

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Thomas said Hyundai Australia remained interested in offering a 5.0-litre V8 version, but said the powertrain was still yet to be engineered in right-hand drive and therefore remained off the table at this stage.

The Genesis sedan is likely to be offered initially in just one specification, priced in the low- to mid-$50K bracket. It debuted in Detroit last month equipped with features such as a 9.2-inch infotainment screen and rear-passenger entertainment screens, 17-speaker Lexicon stereo, and driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control, head-up display, blind spot detection and lane keep assist.