Genesis have shown this concept car at the New York Auto show.
Some of the images are too smooth and bland to be anything but CGI so perhaps the car will look more substantial in the metal.
Lately I have been thinking a lot about articulation and ways designers show depth and substance on a form. Mercedes used to insist on big radii to express the thickness of the metal (you can’t bend thick sheet steel as tightly as thin stuff). Flushness suggest flimsiness as do sharp edges. I notice architects often bevel concrete and wood to make it look and be robust. The headlamps, tail-lamps and brightwork seem to lack this material thickness, especially the flush lamps.
Some aspects of this car are nicely articulated. The vent that leads to the vestigial running board is stylish and rather clever. The sills are incredibly deep. The large radii on the top of the windscreen are a piece of subtle tailoring that make the upper glasshouse look strong.
These annotated images show the Genesis GV80 concept SUV which has a few stylistic details that lift it above the ordinary. I have not annotated the proportions which are very good indeed: a long nose and a strong cab-backward stance. If I could change one detail it’d be the grille. It simply suggests a lack of soak-time in the studio to consider if the brightwork should not fit better to the aperture.
If we look at SUV/CUV designs we see more and more like this concept: these are really estate cars draped over the proportions of the old-fashioned off-roader. All the styling devices here are and can be used on saloons and estates and there is little here from the language of SUV barring ride height and the proportions to say “mud plugging”.
Car&Driver note that Genesis will not get by on saloons only, no matter how good and good value their saloons are. Thus Alfa Romeo’s Stelvio and Jaguar’s F-Pace vehicles will probably do the busines their saloons are not. Anecdotally, I can report that it’s the F-Pace I see in Denmark and not the XE.
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