Although Hyundai refreshed its Genesis sedan for the 2012 model year, the 2013 Genesis receives some important changes. Among the updates are a streamlined engine lineup, as well as the availability of Hyundai’s Blue Link telematics system and a new 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system.
The 2012 Hyundai Genesis offers 3.8-liter V6, 4.6-liter V8 and 5.0-liter Tau V8 engines. Hyundai says in a press release that it has discontinued the 4.6-liter V8 engine and that the 5.0-liter Tau V8 engine is only available on 5.0 R-Spec models for the 2013 model year. Hyundai says the Tau V8 engine is “the most powerful Hyundai engine ever, with a higher specific output (85.8 hp/liter) than its normally-aspirated premium luxury competitors.” It makes 429 horsepower and is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. With the removal of the 4.6-liter V8, the only other choice is the 3.8-liter V6 engine, which makes 333 horsepower. It is available in all other Genesis trim levels and is also paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission.
Some members of the automotive press aren’t bothered by the discontinuation of the 4.6-liter V8 engine. “Fine by us – if we're honest, we never saw much need for the 4.6 after that slick new 429-horsepower 5.0 was introduced,” says Autoblog.
Buyers will find two new tech features available on the 2013 Genesis. Optional Hyundai Blue Link offers things like voice text messaging, automatic collision notification, remote start, speed and curfew alerts and vehicle diagnostics. The 2013 Genesis can also come with an 8-inch touch-screen infotainment system that includes navigation. Standard safety features include eight airbags and electronic active head restraints, and the 2013 Genesis can be equipped with features like a lane departure warning system, front and rear parking sensors and a backup camera.
Hyundai hasn’t announced pricing information or when the 2013 Genesis will go on sale, but the 2012 model starts at $34,200 before destination.
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