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Recently we showed you a gallery of a left-hand drive example that was previewed in Malaysia; now the Hyundai Genesis has been spotted on the move wearing a familiar number plate – the same number was on the i40 Sedan we featured in our 2013 Top Five list.

There’s a faint glimpse of what looks to be a dashboard bulge and steering wheel right-side in the frontal shot of the car, suggesting that the example is a right-hand drive version. The previous-gen was never offered in RHD form, but the second-gen is being sold in markets such as Australia.

Under the expansive bonnet lurks a direct-injected 3.8 litre V6 GDI engine that sends 315 PS at 6,000 rpm and 397 Nm of torque at 5,000 rpm to the rear wheels via an eight-speed auto. It’s 4,990 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,480 mm tall, and its 3,010 mm wheelbase places it between the 2,874 mm of the Mercedes-Benz E-Class and 3,165 mm S-Class, while being 215 mm longer than the YF Sonata‘s.

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A spec sheet provided by Hyundai-Sime Darby (see gallery below) lists 18-inch wheels, Electronic Control Suspension, Smart Cruise Control, xenon headlamps, keyless entry and a panoramic roof. Also included are Around View Monitor, Smart Park Assist System, tyre pressure monitoring system, head-up display and a 14-speaker Lexicon sound system.

On the safety front, the Hyundai Genesis boasts ESP, Advanced Traction Cornering Control, Pre-safety Belt, blind-spot detection and nine airbags (including rear side bags). Just recently, it achieved the highest score in ANCAP’s 21-year history (36.88 points out of a possible 37), along with a maximum five-star crash safety rating.

See Hyundai’s creative design manager Casey Hyun discuss the ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design concept portrayed by the Genesis in the clip below: