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According to the sleuths at Car and Driver, the current Hyundai Genesis won't come with all-wheel drive. Instead, buyers will have to wait until at least 2014 before the traction-adding tech shows up on the company's luxury four-door. That may also mean that the Genesis Coupe and the lengthy Equus will miss out on all-wheel drive for another few years until the Korean automaker can come up with a refreshed platform. Hyundai CEO John Krafcik has long made it clear that the Genesis twins and the Equus would receive an all-wheel drive option in the future, but we were hoping that we'd see a variant of the refreshed-for-2012 model that churns from all four wheels.

As Car and Driver points out, the Genesis Sedan has seen fairly strong sales since its introduction, and the addition of all-wheel drive will likely help the model inch ever closer toward that magic 30,000 unit-per-year mark. Unfortunately, with at least three years before an all-new model touches down, buyers will have to content themselves with the rash of more powerful engines, a reworked suspension and refined visuals that Hyundai recently unveiled.


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      guyverfanboy
      • 3 Years Ago
      An AWD Sonata would be nice....
      Klinkster
      • 3 Years Ago
      **Gulp** Am I the only one who has a hard time putting the words "luxury" and "Genesis" in the same sentence? Luxury means much more than just having leather seats and power windows.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
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          jboogiezx6
          • 3 Years Ago
          what does a crown vic have in common with a genesis? how do your brain come about making this comparison?
        poopoohead100
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        It does have much more than just leather seats and power windows.
        desinerd1
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        do you mind enlightening us what you define luxury as?
        Synderesis
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Klinkster
        Actually, you are.
      black republican
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's OK...just buy a Chrysler 300c AWD. Better car THROUGH AND THROUGH. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tVe-gg9Ktdw
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Klinkster
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's why all the people smashed into the guardrails or in the ditch following any snowfall are: AWD vehicles on All-Season tires. That's good news for crash part sales!! Simple physics. Once you pass the coefficient of friction, it doesn't matter whether you have 2, 4, or 18 wheels with power. Winter tires is a must. AWD on winter tires = smartest option.
        Basil Exposition
        • 3 Years Ago
        For a lot of people "a decent set of snow tires" is a big hassle.
          Basil Exposition
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Basil Exposition
          @ jtav2002 If you think snow tires are required in order to avoid "sliding all over the place almost hitting" people, then you obviously do not know how to drive properly in the snow. I have been doing it for years with all seasons and 4wd & fwd, never once even came close to hitting anyone or anything. So if you have the money and space for another full set of wheels and tires, then good for you, but a lot of people don't , and the certainly does not mean that they are a hazard on the road in winter conditions.
      Tanooki2003
      • 3 Years Ago
      If they take their time that's perfectly fine with me. To me it tells me that they are properly allocating a budget for development and thorough testing before an initial public release. That is far much better than rushing out an untested platform and letting the consumers be the beta testers (guinea pigs) like certain domestic companies have been known to do in the past.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Tanooki2003
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          jephmercury
          • 3 Years Ago
          invisible, do you HAVE to be a troll on every single Hyundai post there is? I don't even want to see what you have to say anymore... people are getting tired of your utter b.s.
          thepennyracer
          • 3 Years Ago
          Somebody's mad that the koreans might make something better and cheaper in ANOTHER segment... haha i'm not a huge fan of the Genesis but some people want luxury at a decent price. More power to Hyundai for trying it out, and they were smart to take the logo off of the front while they did it.
      Russell Ford
      • 3 Years Ago
      I have 48,000 miles on my Genesis 4DR and not 1 problem. Say what you want trolls but proof is proof. Show me something better for the price and I'll buy it.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Rob
      • 3 Years Ago
      AWD is important in the near luxury segment. I think the Sonata does not need it and the even the upcoming new Azera does not need it but Genesis and Equus should have it as an option.
      Speed Devil
      • 3 Years Ago
      AWD+Genesis Coupe 2.0t = Modern GSX So when is it coming out now?
      longducdong
      • 3 Years Ago
      Id prefer to keep it RWD, but I can understand the need for AWD in some areas I guess.
      • 3 Years Ago
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