Hyundai updates lame-duck Genesis for 2014

The 2014 Hyundai Genesis is getting a slight update.

An all-new Hyundai Genesis is on tap for 2015, but before that model arrives Hyundai is updating the 2014 version of the luxury sedan.

Given its impending replacement, the 2014 Genesis' tweaks are subtle, but should help the current car ride off into the sunset with its head held high.

For 2014 all Genesis models equipped with Hyundai's Blue Link will come standard with three years of Hyundai Assurance Connected Care telematics services. Those services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced Roadside Assistance and a Car Care reporting system that keeps tabs on things like recall alerts and scheduled maintenance.

Buyers of the 2014 Genesis 3.8 will benefit from standard 18-inch wheels (up from last year's 17-inchers) and a new electro-hydraulic power steering system that has been tuned to be more efficient and provide better feel.

A heated steering wheel has been added to the top-spec 5.0 R-Spec model for 2014.

Finally, Platinum Metallic has been replaced by Santiago Silver for the current Genesis' last model year.

Hyundai's next-generation 2015 Genesis is scheduled to make its world debut at the 2014 Detroit auto show. That vehicle promises new exterior styling and a more luxurious interior to better compete with makes like BMW and Audi. The 2015 Genesis will likely arrive in Hyundai showrooms sometime during the second half of next year.

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