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NY LIVE: Genesis New York Concept

Genesis shows off a luxury sport sedan concept.

Genesis made a splash at the New York Auto Show with its appropriately named "New York Concept” sedan—the long-anticipated compact sport sedan expected to lead the Genesis brand's charge into the volume segment of compact luxury sport sedans.

The New York Concept takes the formula that previously brought us the Hyundai Genesis Coupe and dials the luxury and technology way up.

Genesis followed the recent convention of displaying the concept in hybrid guise. It's powered by a 245-horsepower hybrid system centered around a 2.0-liter GDI four-cylinder engine. Power goes to the (presumably rear) wheels by way of an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The New York Concept shows off what is obviously prototype design. The Genesis corporate grille dominates the front end. Aerodynamic ducts stretch vertically from the headlights to what will likely become fog lamp surrounds. While this touch may seem exotic, it's something we've seen even on the 2017 Hyundai Elantra, and we expect to see it when the concept transitions to production.

In profile, the New York Concept blends conventional styling themes rather effectively. Wide fenders dominate the rear half of the car and the sloping roofline evokes the Mercedes-AMG GT S.

While the wild, suicide-door setup is unlikely to make it that far, we appreciate the subtle nod to the Genesis Coupe's window swoop, and we fully expect to see that detail resurrected in the final product.

Given that the New York Concept likely previews a volume-oriented model from the new Korean luxury marque, we wouldn't be all that surprised to see a hybrid version come to market. What we're hoping, however, is that the 3.3L turbocharged six from elsewhere in the Genesis lineup will make its way under the hood for an enthusiast-oriented model.

What exactly does the future hold for the New York Concept? Stay tuned.

Live images by Brian Williams.

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