All-electric Genesis Mint Idea revealed in New York
Genesis claims the Mint is ‘extremely manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive’, although it’s only a idea in the intervening time. There’s no element on the supermini’s powertrain, however it’s urged that the automotive’s high-density battery can be able to 200 miles on a single cost. It helps 350kW quick charging, too.
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Whereas the Hyundai-badged Genesis saloon was dropped for the UK market again in 2017, the model lives on in international markets just like the US. Styling-wise, the Mint appears fairly in contrast to something within the firm’s present product vary, with a low, squat stance, lengthy wheelbase and vast monitor.
Being an electrical automotive, there isn’t a entrance grille. The headlights mimic the winged Genesis badge, mirrored within the bumper’s decrease creases and air inlets designed to assist cool the batteries. There are many intricate particulars alongside the decrease edges and sills, whereas on the rear there’s a pronounced deck and light-weight bar stretching left to proper.
The progressive four-door physique encompasses a pair of typical doorways on the entrance, with a set of rear-hinged scissor-style openings on the rear. Regardless of this, the Mint is a strict two-seater, with a totally flat flooring and a bench that extends your entire width of the cabin.
Genesis government vp of design Luc Donckerwolke, stated: “The Mint Idea is a brand new city icon that marries basic proportions with forward-looking, minimalist design.
“The Mint Idea finds goal and which means within the metropolis, simply as so many individuals name the world’s most densely-populated metropolises dwelling.”
The outside detailing is mirrored inside, with sharp strains and loads of chrome trim. The dashboard is suitably minimalist, nonetheless, with no central display; all of the essential info is offered inside a single monitor fitted throughout the steering wheel – although it’s flanked by six smaller shows providing entry to issues like cellular connectivity, navigation directions and drive modes.
Different particulars embody a full-length glass roof, and a baggage rack behind the entrance seats. Bizarrely, the supermini seems to have three pedals, regardless of the actual fact the Mint Idea is absolutely electrical and powered by a single-speed transmission.
There is no such thing as a phrase on whether or not the Genesis Mint Idea previews a future manufacturing mannequin, however with the MINI Cooper S E due for launch later this yr it’d make sense for the Korean model to be put severe consideration right into a fully-electric luxurious small automotive.
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