Genesis reveals electric grand tourer to take on BMW & Maserati

2022 Genesis Speedium X Coupe

Genesis has made a bold statement about its future, revealing the striking X Speedium Coupe concept at the 2022 New York Motor Show. This latest concept car is an all-electric fastback coupe that not only hints at a new hero model for Genesis, but previews the brand’s next-generation of design.

Genesis has already committed to going all-electric across its range by the end of the decade and has been teasing a sports car or grand tourer for several years. This latest concept is an evolution of the Genesis X that was unveiled in 2021, with some key changes that could be carried over to a production model.

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The obvious changes are the new roofline, which gives the car a more fastback-like silhouette compared to the more traditional shape of last year’s concept.

2022 Genesis Speedium X Coupe

The other new design element is the lack of a traditional grille, with the X Speedium Coupe instead defined by two strips of lights that wrap around the front of the car.

“This car is an open-door moment in Genesis’ journey towards our future EV design,” explained Luc Donckerwolke, Chief Creative Officer of Genesis. “This isn’t a show car – it’s a look into our design processes as we explore ideas for the next wave of EVs, one that incorporates Genesis’ DNA.”

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Genesis didn’t reveal any technical details of the new concept, but its name makes it clear it’s positioned as a performance model. Speedium is used for racetrack names in South Korean, so the addition of it and ‘coupe’ are both designed to hint at its performance future.

2022 Genesis Speedium X Coupe

The most likely production path for the X Speedium Coupe would be to use the Hyundai-Kia Group’s ‘E-GMP’ platform. These modular underpinnings are already used under the Hyundai Ioniq 5, Kia EV6 and Genesis GV60.

The EV6 GT has showed off the potential of the dual-motor platform, making 430kW of power and 740Nm of torque, which Genesis could likely build on to create a hero model capable of taking on the likes of the BMW M8, Mercedes-AMG GT 4-door and Maserati GranTurismo.

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