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With the all-new, 2015 Hyundai Genesis Sedan hitting the road, it puts the current Genesis Coupe in a rather weird spot. The sporty model is starting to get a bit long in the tooth, and for 2015, it's dropped its four-cylinder engine in the US. Hyundai isn't letting the car wither on the vine, though. Behind closed doors, the Korean automaker is rumored to be working on a new coupe to transform the vehicle from something of a pony car in the current guise into a luxury grand tourer with avante-garde styling.

The next-generation Genesis Coupe would reportedly borrow its design inspiration from the Hyundai HND-9 Sports Coupe Concept from the 2013 Seoul Motor Show, according to Australian site Go Auto. The key to the new model is growing it larger to be able to seat four adults and giving it more grown-up styling at the same time. Go Auto claims that the coupe could finally get a V8 engine option and possibly a V6 and turbocharged four-cylinder in at least some markets, too. It's slated for a possible 2016 unveiling.

Even during the HND-9's unveiling, Hyundai admitted that the concept projected the design direction for future models. Its styling was certainly a big shift from the current Genesis Coupe with more hard creases, a wide, mesh grille and butterfly doors. The show car also packed a 3.3-liter turbocharged, direct-injected engine with 364 horsepower and an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels.

Hyundai's Australian COO John Elsworth is really hoping to get the model Down Under, according to Go Auto. He believes that while luxury coupes might not be sales leaders, they grab mindshare and get enthusiasts excited about the brand. We like the way this guy thinks.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      It's never really made much sense that the Genesis sedan and coupe share the same nameplate. Other than being RWD, they have very little in common.
      • 1 Year Ago
      So one less affordable fun to drive car. That's all this says to me. That's unfortunate. I liked my Genesis Coupe a lot. It needed some refining and better gearing, but it was a great first generation sports car. Sad to see it go upmarket, but not surprising
      • 1 Year Ago
      OK. Hyundai needs a luxury division and this new division should be called Genesis. No big deal. Lots of promotions and advertising and will seperate it from other Hyundais that compete with Honda, Toyota, etc. Simple. Now Hyundai needs to get started ASAP.
      • 1 Year Ago
      This one actually looks like it was not drawn by a 10-year old. (Unlike the current generation.]
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope not. There's nothing really wrong with the current GC, it was a great job for Hyundai's first attempt. I still think a next gen GC could steal some of the FT86's spotlight if Hyundai focus's better (smaller, lighter, etc). Moving up market means you're either competing against A. the Mustang/Camaro or B. the Lexus RC/BMW 4 Series. If they really want to try to take some of those sales, good luck with that.
      Mike McDonald
      • 1 Year Ago
      If Ford can make a cheap RWD V8 coupe (the new Mustang GT), then Hyundai should be able to as well. If they don't change the styling at all for production, it will be a hit.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Mike McDonald
        The difference is Ford has been making the Mustang for decades and has a well established fan base. They know the investment will pay off in relatively high sales. The Genesis Coupe wasn't on anyone's radar because no one knew what it was and Hyundai has never been known as a maker of sports cars. It's going to take a long time for them to establish a base that can justify a cheap RWD car, in the mean time they need the larger margins that luxury cars provide.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Typical Hyundai copying. This looks like the latest Buick Rivera concept and Lexus LFA with a Mercedes amg concept grill. It drives me nuts out of every automaker Hyundai has absolutely no creativity and copy others. Not as inspiration but basically copy and paste.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hyundai Genesis Coupe to get bigger, lux up, AND blatantly rip off all its styling cues from Lexus? Yawn... Put some effort into this Hyundai. You're embarrassing yourself.
      Avinash Machado
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks nice.
      • 1 Year Ago
      If they make it anything like that concept, goodbye 370z, mustang, covette. All of those would look old in comparison.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks like another ripoff from years ago: http://files.conceptcarz.com/img/Buick/Buick_Riviera_Coupe_Concept-2007-010-1280.jpg
      • 1 Year Ago
      That is awesome looking. I would have that.
        • 1 Year Ago
        In fact it's more of a 240Z than Nissan is able to remake.
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