One of the most eye-catching cars at the 2018 New York Auto Show were the Genesis Essentia electric coupe concept car, and now looks like its closer to be limited production car.[ads id=”9″]
With butterfly doors, a carbon-fiber body, transparent hood, and blue velvet carpeting the Essentia was hit the Big Apple, and the big question was: is Genesis going to build this awesome sportscoupe?
Motortrend speaked in Detroit with Genesis North America Director, Erwin Raphael, who said: “We are very committed to the Essentia,” Raphael said. “We love the car. We think the car will do very well.” “It will not be a high-volume car” he said. “It will be a very limited edition and pricier than anything wearing the Genesis crest now, but it could serve as the lodestar for the brand seeking greater awareness.” But did not provided an specific time.
The good news is almost everything on the Essentia sports car is technically feasible, as Global Head, Manfred Fitzgerald said before. If it were to get the green light, it could be in production in 2021 or 2022. That doesn’t mean it will go into production exactly as is—it is after all a show car.
Peter Schreyer, chief designer at Hyundai-Kia, said the butterfly doors could go into production but it is more likely the car would have conventional doors. Schreyer, who oversaw the work on the Essentia, likes the proportions and how the vehicle looks like an animal when the doors are open. He also likes the way the interior and exterior flow into one another; interlinked with no dead space between them.
Also, the design cues we have seen on the Essencia concept are going to be used on future Genesis models, like we recently seen on the Genesis G80 prototypes.