The Genesis Mint Concept has very interesting doors


Welcome to Genesis Mint. It's not a new type of dessert or cocktail, but a little electric city car concept of Hyundai's stand-alone luxury arm.

Genesis has good form when it comes to concepts. The Essentia coupe thing from last year was especially hectic. Fortunately, the Mint is good too (despite the silly name). Genesis calls this a "fully electric luxury car for the city" that "re-imagines the city's iconic car shape, tailored to the needs of the modern lifestyle."

Designed by the company's studios in Germany, USA and South Korea, design boss Luc Donckerwolke says the Mint marries "classic proportions with a minimalist design towards the future." It has small protrusions, wraparound headlights and tail lights (supposedly to emphasize its width) and only a small opening for cooling the e-motor and the batteries. The cargo door is in the back, mounted centrally. Something called a "Parabolic Line" surrounds your body, while the "G-Matrix" pattern on the bottom of the body and on the wheels provides good cooling and air.

The front doors are pretty standard, but the back ones are things with inverted hinged scissors. Unnecessary, too, because there are no rear seats. Only storage, which the doors supposedly facilitate access.

In other parts of the world, you are seeing brown leather acres and a folding center console that transforms the front seats into a long bench. The bench (and dashboard) also rotates, making it easier to enter and exit. The oblong steering wheel is surrounded by six screens that give access to various functions of the vehicle and a seventh in its center.

The powertrain is said to be good for 200 miles range and 350kW recharging.

It's not real, but would you like it to be?


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