Genesis Essentia Concept unveiled at New York Motor Show

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One of the most impressive cars by far on display at the 2018 New York Auto Show is the Genesis Essentia Concept.

Electrification: Evolving the GT Benchmark Underneath the carbon-fiber monocoque of Essentia is a state-of-the-art, high-density battery pack and multiple electric motors that enable a powerful, confident driving experience.

The front fascia of the Essentia Concept introduces the Genesis crest grille is highly efficient. According to executive VP Luc Donkerwolke, the Genesis design chief, the Essentia "highlights our ambition as a luxurious vehicle brand for the connoisseurs".

A lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque underpins the Essentia, and while no drivetrain specifics have been revealed, a "multi-motor" electric powertrain is found under the skin.

With the design overseen by former Audi, Bentley and Lamborghini design chief Luc Donckerwolke, the whole body is made from carbon fibre and is shaped into a traditional GT form factor with a long bonnet and swept back cabin.

Set to spearhead the brand's entry into Europe, the all-electric four-seater is on show in NY with the suggestion that it previews the design and technology of Genesis's future model. Flanking the crest grille are signature Genesis Quad Lights, first introduced on the GV80 Concept. The study is not only strikingly handsome, though, but also advanced as it is entirely made out of carbon fiber including body and chassis. Functional air outlets located just behind the front wheels reduce pressure buildup and contribute to reduced drag. At the rear, there are flush Quad Lights and a carbon fiber surrounded diffuser.

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Clearly the most exotic design to emerge from the Genesis design studios, the Essentia poses at least as many questions than it answers. In a statement announcing the vehicle, Genesis asserted that a sensor mounted in the car's B-pillar (window support just behind the driver's head) "integrates fingerprint controls and biometric facial recognition for opening and closing doors", suggesting that the car's doors will open automatically for registered users. Genesis has used 3D printing, cognac leather for the seats with herringbone quilting, and an Oxford blue leather contrast color for the center console that runs the length from dashboard to rear.

Genesis tells us about a 100% electric motor but we know nothing more. According to the automaker, this allows the Essentia to maintain its signature look without compromising interior space. Right: Genesis unveils the electric Essentia concept.

There is a lot here too, but the short version is that Genesis wants the Essentia to be connected to the world around it.

For those moments when knowing what's ahead is critical, Essentia features advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle technology.

What a time to be alive. The luxury car, a battery-powered electric vehicle with 3D printed components, was presented at the New York International Auto Show this week.

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