2017 Genesis G90

Genesis Will Offer Plug-In Hybrids, But Which Models Will Get It?

The latest trend with luxury automakers is introducing hybrid and plug-in hybrid models to meet stricter standards in terms of fuel economy and emissions. A number of makes such as BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Lexus are either building or in the process of readying new models. Now the newest luxury brand has announced plans for plug-in vehicles.

In an interview with Automotive News (Subscription Required), Hyundai Motor America CEO Dave Zuchowski said Hyundai and Genesis are working on a number of plug-in hybrid vehicles as an interim step before moving to hydrogen.

"Some of those [plug-in hybrids] will take the form of the Genesis side of our business. We believe alternative-propulsion engines are going to be really important -- even more important in the luxury market than they are in the mainstream market," said Zuchowski.

"You get a lot of the benefits of electric vehicles but with a safety net. We think that's a wonderful midterm strategy."

Zuchowski declined to say which Genesis models would offer a plug-in hybrid option.

That isn't going to stop you from taking some possible guesses?

Nope. We know Genesis will have a couple of SUVs, a compact sedan, and coupe, alongside the G80 midsize and G90 flagship by 2020. Considering what BMW, Mercedes-Benz, and Porsche currently offer in terms of plug-in hybrids, they tend to be SUVs and flagship sedans. We wouldn't be surprised if there are a G90 and am SUV offering a plug-in hybrid powertrain option.

Pic Credit: Genesis

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