But the new, upscale Genesis brand will get a two-door coupe

Hyundai has confirmed the inevitable: it will discontinue the rear-wheel drive Genesis Coupe at the end of the 2016 model year. 

The move comes as the Hyundai Genesis model is phased out in favour of the upscale Genesis brand. But while the current Genesis sedan will receive a facelift and be rebranded as the Genesis G80, the Coupe will be dropped entirely. 

The Genesis Coupe was launched in 2009 as a 2010 model, and underwent a major facelift for the 2013 model year. Powered by a choice of turbocharged four-cylinder and naturally-aspirated V6 engines, it was theoretically a rival to the likes of the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro, but really stood by itself in the market. 

Though Hyundai itself will go without a rear-drive coupe now, one will be added to the Genesis brand's line-up before long. However, it won't be a direct successor to the Genesis Coupe. According to Hyundai North America PR manager Christine Henley: "A new, more sophisticated and luxurious coupe appropriate for the new Genesis brand is currently under development."

Until now, it had only been confirmed that Genesis would produce six models, including three sedans - the G80, plus the larger G90 and smaller G70 - and a pair of SUVs. We now know the sixth to be the coupe.

Source: Thetruthaboutcars.com



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