Hyundai let it slip during the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show that it would preview a “large luxury sedan concept” at Detroit, and today that is confirmed via a teaser image. Hyundai is dubbing the concept the HCD-14, for the fourteenth vehicle to come out of the Hyundai California Design center. The sleek sedan echoes Audi’s popular A7 in the image, which is–as far as we’re concerned–a very good thing.
From the image it appears the B-pillar is blacked out, to give the sensation of an elongated, seamless window, instead of front and rear windows. The rims appear to be a five-spoke design, and the headlights are outlined by an LED strip. It’s likely that mirrors on the production model would be larger, and the roofline would be a little higher. But it’s clear that HCD-14 represents Hyundai’s newer, “Fluidic Precision” design language. Hyundai has said Fluidic Precision continues the Fluidic Sculpture design philosophy, but dials it back a notch, offering a more tailored aesthetic.
The Hyundai Genesis first debuted in 2008, and is due for a redesign. We expect the HCD-14–or something mirroring the HCD-14–to be the next Hyundai Genesis. Check back next week for photos from the 2013 North American International Auto Show, in Detroit.