The Genesis was initially a standout in Hyundai’s lineup, but with the Korean brand’s entire portfolio becoming more luxurious, it is almost just another model under the brand’s umbrella. For the 2016 model year, the luxurious sedan receives a few mild updates, but nothing too major.
Likely the most noticeable change is the change in headlight technology. In this new model year, Hyundai is making LED daytime running lights and HID headlights standard features. It has also added LED fog lights to the options list on the 3.8 trim.
The second big change for 2016 is the shuffling of engine options. While the 3.8-liter V-6 continues to plug away with 311 horsepower and 293 pound-feet of torque, and the 5.0-liter V-8 still has 420 horsepower and 383 pound-feet of torque, their positions within the lineup change. Specifically, buyers who want the range-topping Ultimate trim will only be able to get the V-8 engine, as the option of a 3.8 Ultimate is no longer available.
Inside the cabin, the Genesis continues on with its luxurious standard features, but the new standard stereo is a 14-speaker system in place of the old seven-speaker standard system from 2015. This system was available with the 3.8 Signature Package last year.
The release date and the starting price of the 2016 Genesis remain unknown for now. However, my gut says that we’ll see it arrive in a month or two, and its price will start at around $39,000, which would be a $1,000 increase over the 2015 model.
We’ll keep an eye out for more details about the 2016 Genesis’ release date and pricing, so keep it locked here for the latest.