All-electric Genesis Mint Concept revealed in New York

New ‘luxury’ Genesis Mint city car unveiled at the New York Motor Show, previewing a rival for the forthcoming all-electric MINI

Hyundai’s luxury brand has unveiled a new electric small car at the New York Motor Show. The Genesis Mint Concept is a ‘luxury car for the city’, created as in collaboration with the firm’s European, US and Korean design studios. 

Genesis claims the Mint is ‘highly manoeuvrable and exhilarating to drive’, though it’s just a concept for the time being. There’s no detail on the supermini’s powertrain, but it’s suggested that the car’s high-density battery will be capable of 200 miles on a single charge. It supports 350kW fast charging, too.

• Best electric cars currently on sale

While the Hyundai-badged Genesis saloon was dropped for the UK market back in 2017, the brand lives on in foreign markets like the US. Styling-wise, the Mint looks quite unlike anything in the company’s current product range, with a low, squat stance, long wheelbase and wide track.

Being an electric car, there is no front grille. The headlights mimic the winged Genesis badge, reflected in the bumper’s lower creases and air inlets designed to help cool the batteries. There are plenty of intricate details along the lower edges and sills, while at the rear there is a pronounced deck and light bar stretching left to right. 

The innovative four-door body features a pair of conventional doors at the front, with a set of rear-hinged scissor-style openings at the rear. Despite this, the Mint is a strict two-seater, with a completely flat floor and a bench that extends the entire width of the cabin.

Genesis executive vice president of design Luc Donckerwolke, said: “The Mint Concept is a new urban icon that marries classic proportions with forward-looking, minimalist design.

“The Mint Concept finds purpose and meaning in the city, just as so many people call the world’s most densely-populated metropolises home.”

The exterior detailing is mirrored inside, with sharp lines and plenty of chrome trim. The dashboard is suitably minimalist, however, with no central screen; all the critical information is presented within a single monitor fitted within the steering wheel – though it’s flanked by six smaller displays offering access to things like mobile connectivity, navigation instructions and drive modes. 

Other details include a full-length glass roof, and a luggage rack behind the front seats. Bizarrely, the supermini appears to have three pedals, despite the fact the Mint Concept is fully electric and powered by a single-speed transmission. 

There is no word on whether the Genesis Mint Concept previews a future production model, but with the MINI Cooper S E due for release later this year it’d make sense for the Korean brand to be put serious consideration into a fully-electric luxury small car.

Click here for all the latest from the 2019 New York Motor Show...

Recommended

New pure-electric Genesis X concept makes LA debut
Genesis X Concept
Genesis

New pure-electric Genesis X concept makes LA debut

The latest concept from Genesis previews the firm’s take on a luxury electric grand tourer that could rival the BMW 8 Series
31 Mar 2021
'Genesis’s aim is to lure Jaguar Land Rover customers'
Genesis
Opinion

'Genesis’s aim is to lure Jaguar Land Rover customers'

Mike Rutherford thinks luxury brand Genesis could take sales away from Jaguar Land Rover when it lands in the UK
1 Mar 2021
Wraps pulled off new Genesis GV70 luxury SUV
News

Wraps pulled off new Genesis GV70 luxury SUV

Hyundai’s premium-edged spin-off brand looks set to break into the UK market with the BMW X3-rivalling Genesis GV70
29 Oct 2020
New 2021 Genesis G70 revealed as luxury brand launches in Europe
Genesis

New 2021 Genesis G70 revealed as luxury brand launches in Europe

Hyundai's luxury brand enters the UK market with the new Genesis G70 compact executive
20 Oct 2020

Most Popular

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift launch set for 22 April
Volkswagen Polo
Volkswagen Polo Hatchback

New 2021 Volkswagen Polo facelift launch set for 22 April

Volkswagen will pull the wraps off its updated Polo supermini later this week
19 Apr 2021
New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe
Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD - front
Vauxhall

New all-electric Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD reimagines the classic coupe

The Opel Manta GSe ElektroMOD EV reboots the iconic Manta coupe for the electric era
20 Apr 2021
Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range
Stellantis battery
Peugeot

Stellantis maps out future EV platforms with up to 497 miles of range

Four new EV platforms for Stellantis Group, the first of which we’ll see in 2023
20 Apr 2021