by Tony West
Hyundai unveiled their new HCD-14 concept at the Concours d’Elegance in mid-August among the world’s most innovative new whips. The 2013 Hyundai’s Genesis is already a swagtastic sedan and the HCD-14 Concept sedan offers luxury sedan style with a sporty futuristic edge.
The Genesis HCD-14’s sleek sexy character is enhanced by a dramatic sloping roofline, sculpted headlights and taillights, and the 4 strate aluminum (brushed) grille. Truly awesome are the rear-hinged “suicide” doors. The rear-wheel-drive HCD-14 has two huge ceramic lined exhausts and carbon fiber/alloy wheels. The steel-framed HCD-14 is powered by a 5.0 liter Tao V8 engine with an estimated 429 horsepower and 376 lb-ft of torque. The naturally aspirated V8 is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission and has direct injection. Multilink front and rear suspension along with multi-mode power steering and stability control will help the HCD-14 handle well in almost every condition.
A new and improved Heads Up Display employs new eye tracker technology that read’s driver’s eye movement and uses gesture recognition technology as an alternative for controlling climate, audio, navigation, and smart phone connectivity. Think Minority Report…on wheels. Last I checked pointing at holograms was a distraction while driving, along with texting, making a sandwich, and clipping toenails. But Hyundai claims replacing buttons and knobs at the center stack with futuristic Intuitive Connectivity technology will ease distractions. The Intuitive Connectivity technology can track the driver’s eye movement to adjust media and navigation in the beefed up Heads up Display. What about someone driving the HCD-14 for the first time? What about if the driver wants the passenger to change the radio or adjust their own climate? For those who don’t wish to use the hologram, controls for media are also at the steering wheel.
The cabin of the HCD-14 has milled wood grain accents and a wavy theme where the center console, side panels, and the dash create a sweeping wrap-around effect, encompassing the entire vehicle front to back. Not sure if this concept as a whole is all sensible, but its luxury interior design cues deserve a chance in future Hyundai production vehicles.