Big American convertibles were all the rage back in the ’70s, with their carefree charm adding a certain free spirit to the large V8 that dipped just beneath the veneer of excess. Genesis is recapturing those glory days with its minimalistic yet gorgeous X Convertible concept which aims to bring back the trend of large open-top icons. At first glance, it’s a stone-cold stunner.
Dripping in modern luxury and featuring an aesthetic that harks back to Miami Vice, the new Genesis x Convertible concept pulls the best from both worlds. The proportions are spot-on with short overhangs and a large deck surrounded by delicate surfacing. Traditional Genesis styling cues have been draped rather lovingly on a large convertible canvas with graceful character lines and a concave elliptical duck tail rear flanked by quad lights. There are no needless design flourishes and Genesis has also relocated the cooling function for the powertrain and batteries to the lower openings in the front bumper for a fuss-free design.
The front end is perhaps the most radical aspect of the car with the new look electric design theme which has been seen on the recent Genesis offerings. Even the wheels are a design masterclass in restraint and are a combination of Genesis’ G-Matrix pattern orchestrated by an aero dish concave section. The spacers of this aero dish serve to extract heat from the brakes.
The Genesis X Convertible concept’s exterior is painted in Crane White and the exterior surface is coated in white with pearl particles. The interior meanwhile is rather surprising with its driver-centric layout along with a slim centre console being wrapped around the driver. Some of the interior colours are also inspired by Korean architecture.
The primary interior colour is Giwa Navy – named after “Giwa”, the roof tiles on Korean houses. Made from recyclable wool fabric, the textured, woven pad graphic wraps around the cabin, contrasting with the leather surfaces of the seats. Meanwhile, Dancheong Orange – named after the traditional decorative colourings on Korean wooden buildings provides a bold accent, encircling the cabin in a two-line motif and featuring on the stitching of the seats and fabric. Unveiled in California, the X Convertible concept is the final trilogy of this design series and follows the X Concept and the X Speedium Coupe concept.
“It is the normal development of Genesis to increase the athletic and emotional facet of our design philosophy by creating an emotional trilogy: the X family,” said chief creative officer, Luc Donckerwolke. “Innovation is the catalyst to becoming more engaged with the environment around us. We are in the process of transitioning Genesis into a company that will deliver products for customers to enjoy.”
Like the other two concepts, this one also would only be a design study with no plans to put it into production though we really think Genesis should consider thinking otherwise with its gorgeous lines having enough mettle in them to bring in many buyers.