Company unveils electric car concept with transparent hood

by Automotive | 29-03-2018 | 1496 views

Korean luxuary car  manufacturer Genesis  is the latest to join the party with the unveiling of its Essentia grand touring EV concept at the New York Auto Show .
It embodies the GT format well, with a long hood, a low, swoopy roofline and an upscale interior. The Essentia features a carbon fiber monocoque, with the chassis visible through the transparent hood. Aerodynamics heavily inform the look of the car, from the nose cone to the air curtains and the giant functional air outlets behind the front wheels. The car ends abruptly above a large rear diffuser. The copper color of the wheels is repeated in a strip surrounding the Essentia's glasshouse. Genesis includes thin, laser optical headlights that extend along the side of the car aft of the front wheels, with their double-line look repeated in the rear lighting. It tops off the visual package with butterfly doors that open via fingerprint and facial recognition sensors.

Inside, the Essentia's cockpit wraps around the occupants in a wide arc visually connecting the dash and doors. Genesis uses a mixture of different materials throughout, from chevron-patterned leather seats, layered carbon fiber on the dash and center console, and a widescreen display across the dash. There's also a digital instrument cluster for the driver, surrounded by piano black behind the flat-bottomed steering wheel.The all-electric Essentia features a "high-density battery pack" powering the multi-motor powertrain.

The car departs from the usual under-floor battery pack, instead positioning it the center tunnel running between the seats. Being a concept car , precise technical details are scarce, but Genesis estimates a 0-60 mile-per-hour sprint of just 3 seconds. In terms of technology, Essentia previews the future of connected driving with vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure technology. This allows the car to keep the driver up to date with weather and traffic conditions.  It can recommend routes not just on efficiency or speed, but also on driver preference based on machine learning. The car can also adapt functions like performance, seat position, audio and chassis settings to match the driver and the particular road. Genesis Intelligent Assistant allows for robust voice control, including connected smart home functions.

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