(CNN Business)You may be used to thinking of luxury cars as big and ultra-roomy, but Genesis, the luxury automaker spun off from South Korea’s Hyundai a few years ago, unveiled something Tuesday night on a much smaller scale.
The Genesis Mint is a small electric concept car designed to go where long and wide luxury sedans are more of a pain than a comfort. It’s a “city car” meant to squeeze through the narrow alleys and dense traffic of packed urban centers. The two-seat, two-door car has a shortened sedan-shaped body, but without a traditional trunk.The Genesis Mint is a two-seat mini car.Instead of rear seats and a conventional trunk lid, the Mint has a deep shelf for cargo or luggage that’s accessed by a set of Lamborghini-style scissor doors on the side. Since the cargo area is accessed from the side, people don’t have to walk all the way around the back to get to their baggage.Hyundai's Genesis G70 wins Car of the YearThe Mint is not just a fun design exercise, said Manfred Fitzgerald, the global head of Genesis. The brand is seriously considering producing a vehicle like this if parent company, Hyundai Motor Group, will approve it. It could potentially enter production around 2022, Fitzgerald said at a meeting with reporters before the unveiling.Instead of a trunk, the Mint has a cargo shelf behind the seats. Cargo could also be stored in the front.Fitzgerald said he does not see the Mint as an “entry level” car for Genesis. Instead, it’s simply an alternative product intended to be just as luxurious as any other Genesis model.Read More”I think this will be definitely an icon for the brand,” he said.The rear cargo area is accessed through doors in the side.More from Success
Despite its dimensions, the Mint is not meant to be a sporty car. It is really intended for urban gridlock as opposed to sweeping country roads. The fact that the car is electric allowed designers to create more interior space since no room had to be carved out for an internal combustion engine or a transmission.”I don’t think that you need a lot of sports attributes for this,” Fitzgerald said. “This is something which will be very pragmatic, but at the same time cool and stylish.”