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First look: Hyundai's ingenious Genus

Gene pool: Hyundai's latest concept is a large luxury crossover.

Hyundai reveals a sketch of its latest "premium crossover" concept, dubbed Genus

Hyundai logo24 Feb 2006

By MARTON PETTENDY

HYUNDAI may have chosen the recent Chicago motor show to reveal its Kia Grand Carnival-based Entourage people-mover, but Switzerland’s Geneva show will play host the world debut of a "premium crossover" concept from the South Korean maker.

Dubbed Genus and revealed in a sketch prior to its public unveiling in Geneva on February 28, the five-door hatch concept is claimed to combine the dynamism of a coupe with the versatility of a wagon.

The work of Hyundai’s European design centre in Rüsselsheim, Germany, Genus is a response to "the developing customer tastes and expectations Hyundai has identified in the upper medium D-segment".

Geneva will also play host to the European debut of Hyundai’s second-generation Santa Fe seven-seat SUV, which made it world debut at Detroit in January and goes on sale here mid-year.

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