Genesis Essentia concept vehicle boasts 3D printed interior and transparent roof

Mar 31, 2018, 07:49
Genesis Essentia concept vehicle boasts 3D printed interior and transparent roof

The Essentia is effectively the luxury brand's first battery electric vehicle and combines a lightweight carbon-fibre monocoque construction with a robust, multi-motor electric powertrain and a very inviting custom-tailored interior. When major motor shows like the New York International Auto Show are on the horizon, most of the new vehicles to be unveiled at the show are heavily trailed beforehand.

Exterior Inspiration: Updating an Icon Throughout the design, the philosophy of "Athletic Elegance" has a prominent role, marrying power and precision through artistry. We remember the Genesis Coupe, a small affordable sports vehicle that was sold by Hyundai. It's low, too, giving it a dynamic and aggressive stance, while the Stardust Gray Metallic paint-job makes way for transparent sections in places, to expose the underlying carbon fiber body.

Genesis' traditional grille is hinted at, but in a more abstract way, at the front. As it's still only a concept we probably shouldn't expect too much fine detail about performance, but Genesis has suggested this first EV for the brand could have a zero to 60 miles per hour time of as little as 3.0 seconds. "This highlights the exciting opportunities being explored in 3D printing which transcends the lengthy, inflexible and costly tooling process". Layered carbon fiber décor adds a sporty and technical element to the interior details, with a 3D optical effect achieved through the latest technology of layering individual pieces of carbon. The most striking thing about the Essentia is its two butterfly doors, which open silently with fingerprint- and facial recognition-enabled push-button controls. Genesis says it's "housed in the center tunnel in an I-shape structure" versus underneath the passenger compartment. The model has been built from the get-go to be connected, using technology "that surpasses the industry standard".

For those moments when knowing what's ahead is critical, Essentia features advanced vehicle-to-infrastructure and vehicle-to-vehicle technology. Through this, it is capable of updating the driver with up-to-the-minute road conditions to avoid jams and busy routes.

Other sophisticated features of the Essentia include speech recognition allowing for "full vehicle control through voice command", according to a statement announcing the vehicle; an in-car mobile payments system; and interconnectivity with smart home devices, among other features. The transparent panels also give a view of the running gear, like the Formula car-style nose cone and exposed pushrod suspension. The auto also integrates a banking feature which lets its drivers easily make payments while on the road.

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