Official: New Hyundai Genesis to get HTRAC AWD system

2014 Hyundai Genesis

The second generation Hyundai Genesis will make its world debut in its home market later this year.

The current generation model has not been available in Europe, though there have been different reports that the new model is engineered for Europe as well.

This is very likely as Hyundai has announced that its ‘HTRAC’ all-wheel drive system will be made available for the first time on the new Genesis.

The advanced HTRAC system electronically controls torque split between the front and rear axles depending on road and driving conditions, offering greater stability on slippery roads and in corners.

“Hyundai Motor’s HTRAC system has secured best-in-class durability and driving performance through strict tests carried out in various locations worldwide, including the famed Nürburgring in Germany, the Yeongam F1 circuit in Korea and in severe winter tests in Europe,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center. “We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped with the HTRAC system.”

The ‘H’ in the name stands for ‘Hyundai’, and ‘TRAC’ is a shortened form of the word ‘Traction.

New Genesis is likely to use a 3.8-litre V6 and 5.0-litre V8 linked to an 8-speed automatic transmission, while a brand new 10-speed automatic is also rumoured. There are also reports about a possible hybrid model.


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