Genesis is reportedly planning flagship electric vehicles
Genesis announced plans for a line of six vehicles that would include a coupe when it was first established as a standalone brand in 2015.
Since then, Genesis has focused on expanding its lineup with higher-volume models like SUVs, although we may soon finally see the arrival of a niche offering like coupes or convertibles, or possibly both.
In an interview with Automotive News (subscription required) published last week, Peter Lanzavecchia, the head of the Genesis National Dealer Advisory Council and owner of a Genesis dealership in New Jersey, said that Luc Donckerwolke, Genesis’ chief creative officer, has plans for a production version of the Genesis X convertible concept was confirmed during an annual dealer meeting, held around the same time as the concept’s unveiling last fall.
“When he said that at the dealer meeting — to say it in front of a few hundred Genesis dealers — that’s a pretty good sign,” Lanzavecchia said.
Lanzavecchia also told Automotive News that a coupe was high on dealer wish lists, suggesting that any production version of the X Convertible would likely have a coupe counterpart.
The X Convertible was part of a trio of X-branded concepts from Genesis. The others include the original 2021 X coupe concept and the evolved 2022 X Speedium coupe concept. While all three are electric vehicles, the X Speedium and X Convertible share a common design from the outset, which is expected to make it into future Genesis production EVs. The joint design features a sealed front end with light bars that form the shape of the comb grille found in Genesis’ current gas-powered lineup.
Donckerwolke said at the X Cabrio unveiling that all three X Concepts were developed to refine the design formula for Genesis’ future electric vehicles and to see if a business case could also be made for a low-volume flagship GT.