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Hyundai Genesis

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, California — You could be forgiven for mistaking Hyundai's Concept Genesis for a new Lexus.

Hyundai GenesisHyundai Genesis 2Genesis, which makes its debut next week at the New York auto show, is a sneak preview of the Korean automaker's first near-luxury model. The production version of the rear-wheel-drive premium sport sedan goes on sale in the U.S. in 2008, priced from under $30,000.

Hyundai suggests Genesis is only the first of a new range of premium performance products for the brand. The concept's exterior appears to draw its styling inspiration from recent Lexus and Toyota designs. But under the skin, it's a different story.

Genesis rides on a version of Hyundai's new rear-wheel-drive platform and is powered by a Tau-series twin-cam 4.6-liter V8 mated to a ZF six-speed automatic with manual-shift capability. Hyundai says the new engine will develop "well over 300 horsepower," with 0-60-mph acceleration in less than 6 seconds.

The all-independent suspension is driver-adjustable. Other chassis highlights include four-wheel disc brakes, speed-sensing variable-rate power steering, and 20-inch wheels and tires.

Among the features are adaptive cruise control, navigation with back-up camera, electronic stability control, traction control, antilock brakes, active headrests, heated/cooled seats, push-button start and eight airbags.

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