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2015 Hyundai Genesis Reinvents Luxury

The 2015 Hyundai Genesis broke cover at the 2014 Detroit auto show and is just now reaching the dealership lot of Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale. While the new look is striking, the second-generation to Hyundai’s luxury liner is almost mechanically identical to the outgoing one. While the design is bold, Hyundai also added a slew of new entertainment and safety features to remain competitive.

The standard 3.8-liter V-6 engine produces 311 horsepower and 293 lb-ft of torque. Those looking for a supple and engaging ride should choose the 5.0-liter V-8 engine. This mill produces 420 horsepower and 383 lb-ft of twist. Hyundai says these new power figures give both engines flatter torque curves that improve low-end response.

Both engines pair with the last-generation’s eight-speed automatic, but a 10-speed, which has been in development for some time is expected to find its way into the Genesis soon. A change for 2015 is the optional all-wheel-drive system, HTRAC. This will increase its appeal in the country’s snowbelt. Developed by Magna, a supplier, the new system uses an electronically controlled clutch to vary torque distribution between the front and rear wheels, but don’t worry, the standard configuration for the 2015 Hyundai Genesis is still rear-wheel drive.

What makes the Hyundai look so elegant is the use of its new design language, dubbed Fluidic Sculpture 2.0. Designers were able to create a sportier Genesis thanks to a longer hood, shorter overhangs—the Genesis added 2.9 inches to the wheelbase while only growing 0.2 inches overall in length—and a pushed back cabin. You can expect the new design language to makes its way to other Hyundai offerings in the near future.

As with any luxury car today, techno goodies are abound. There is a long list of luxury and safety features both standard and available. There is forward collision warning and emergency braking that can prevent an accident between 5 and 50 mph. The same system will lessen the severity of an impact between 50 and 112 mph. There is an optional lane-departure warning system that adds subtle inputs to the steering wheel should you start to drift over the lane markers. Adaptive cruise control, blind-spot monitoring, automatic high beams, heads-up display and cross traffic alert are available.

Expect the new Genesis to start from $43,000.

2015 Tucson Fuel Cell Is The Future Today

Hyundai is betting on hydrogen as the future power source for cars, and is cashing its check with the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell SUV. Hyundai already sells the ix35 Fuel Cell in Europe and is identical to the U.S. version that rolled off delivery trucks in Southern California last month. Until more hydrogen filling stations are built, the Tucson will not be coming to Scottsdale Hyundai until at least 2016.

What makes fuel cells, or hydrogen, so enticing to many companies is that it combines the best attributes of traditional gasoline power and electric power. Comparatively, a fuel cell offers a long range, quick refueling time, and is scalable to different needs, just like gas. Also, fuel cells offer instant torque, high efficiency, zero emissions and a domestic fuel source, not unlike what an electric vehicle can offer. The only emission is water.

The Tucson Fuel Cell uses an in-house-developed fuel cell, lithium-polymer battery and a 12.3-pound hydrogen tank. The Tucson delivers 135 horsepower and 221 lb-ft of torque with the electric motor.

With the hydrogen tank and battery pack, interior space is less, but Hyundai compensates for that by increasing the length of the SUV.

According to Hyundai, the Tucson is capable of traveling up to 300 miles between fills, which takes less than 10 minutes.

Power is sent to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission for maximum efficiency. The Tucson Fuel Cell is rated at 49 mpg-e in the city, 51 mpg-e on the highway—or mile-per-gallon equivalent. Hyundai estimates it will hit 62 mph in just 12.5 seconds.

Inside, the Tucson is still distinctly Hyundai with its soft-touch materials on nearly every surface and affordable, yet luxurious, interior design. A slew of infotainment and safety technologies are standard for maximum comfort.

For more information about the 2015 Hyundai Tucson Fuel Cell, stop by Chapman Hyundai Scottsdale. Currently, the vehicle can only be leased in California, as there are 11 hydrogen fuel stations there. Arizona does not have a hydrogen station,(an experimental APS station has been shuttered), but as hydrogen vehicles become more common, this type of fuel will become more available.