2014 Genesis Gets All-Wheel-Dirve Option

If the photographs of the prototypes are anything to go by, it looks as though the Hyundai Genesis and Hyundai Equus premium sedans are about to get a makeover.

The first pictures of the second-generation Hyundai Genesis were snapped as it underwent winter testing in Sweden.

There are definite similarities to the pictures that surfaced last week, with the prototype sporting plain white paint and camouflage covering the front and rear ends.

One little detail that did show up on these new pictures, though, was a sticker on the rear window that clearly indicates that the prototype was equipped with all-wheel drive.

This is significant, since the current Genesis does not have that feature. The addition of that powertrain will definitely be a boost to drivers in snowier locations.

The prototype was powered by a direct-injection 3.8-liter V-6, lending even more credence to the speculation that powertrains may carry over, which would of course include the 429-hp 5.0-liter V-8 in the R-Spec model. Rumor also has it that the 8-speed automatic will be joined by or axed in favor of a 10-speed.

While all this was going on in Sweden, Jacob Brown of Automotive.com was checking out a heavily disguised Hyundai Equus while attending a Cars & Coffee event in close proximity to Hyundai’s North American headquarters in Southern California.

Brown was quick to recognize the signature winged badges in the center cap of the wheels. He also noticed that the front grille was different, which might give it a whole new appeal.

There are expected to be some tweaks made to the interior, but things should remain the same under the hood with the recently updated direct-injection 5.0-liter V-8, rated at 429 hp and 376 lb-ft of torque.

That little baby took the 4659-lb sedan from 0-60 mph in a blistering 5.5 seconds. [Source: Automotive.com]

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