Genesis, the South Korean luxury automotive company, has revealed the Mint Concept at Hudson Yards, ahead of the opening of the 2019 New York International Auto Show.
The Mint Concept introduces the all-electric, luxury car for the city, a new vehicle typology, featuring organic design and an innovative interior user experience.
Manfred Fitzgerald, Executive Vice President and Global Head of the Genesis Brand said: “As a brand, Genesis embraces progressive design values, and the Mint Concept reinforces this commitment from a previously undiscovered perspective.
“Mint belongs in the city, and we are proud to introduce our evolution of the ideal city car in New York.”
The Mint Concept respects city life and the challenges it dispatches on a regular basis.
The lightweight runabout reimagines the iconic shape of the city car, tailored to the needs of modern lifestyle. Mint is both highly manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive.
Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President and Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group said: “The Mint Concept disconnects the physical dimensions of the vehicle from its positioning as a premium product, calquing the city car of the past to today.
“The Mint Concept is a designer’s Occam’s razor that challenged us to visualize a scaled-down interpretation of our signature aesthetic.”
Inside and out, the Mint Concept posits an expanded definition of Genesis brand design cues adapted for a two-door, two-passenger city car with a reduced footprint.
Finished in Hunter Green matte paint, the Mint Concept beautifully stretches a three-box design to the corners with extremely short front and rear overhangs.
Donckerwolke, said: “The Mint Concept is a new urban icon that marries classic proportions with forward-looking, minimalist design.”
“The Mint Concept instantly finds purpose and meaning in the city, just as so many people who call the world’s most densely populated metropolises home.”
The Genesis design hallmarks are evolved and designed specifically for the Mint Concept.
Quad Lamps in front and back stretch to the corners, to enhance the feeling of presence and stance, with their respective top light elements connecting to form wraparound light bands.
The Crest Grille appears as a closed sculptural element with a slight opening for the reduced cooling requirements of the battery pack.
The signature Parabolic Line wraps around the body of the Mint Concept, with a sweeping uptick toward the concave rear.
The G-Matrix pattern serves a functional purpose on the lower half of the vehicle, used for efficient cooling and airflow circulation around the battery floor; it is also the basis for the Mint Concept’s aerodynamic wheel design.
In lieu of a conventional trunk with a rear hatch, the Mint Concept features a generous parcel shelf designed for occasional use.
Access to the rear compartment is provided by scissor-style side openings engineered with a low load-in point to allow for easy stowage and retrieval.
The interior of the Mint Concept offers ample space to stash temporary items that are essential for day-to-day life, with focus on portability and accessibility.
Finally, the rear-mounted and centred charge port facilitates connections to charging stations.
For more information on the Genesis Mint Concept go to: www.genesis.com