The 2014 Hyundai Genesis has been unveiled in Korea – the luxury sedan, teased last month, will replace the original Genesis sedan in its domestic market by the end this year, with exports to selected markets set to begin in 2014.

The production version of the rear-wheel drive offering fully reflects the company’s ‘Modern Premium’ brand direction and showcases the new ‘Fluidic Sculpture 2.0’ design theme, the car deriving its styling from the HCD-14 Genesis Concept shown earlier in the year.

It measures in at 4,990 mm long, 1,890 mm wide and 1,480 mm tall, with a 3,010 mm wheelbase, 75 mm more than its predecessor. The new Genesis is offered with a choice of rear-wheel drive (2WD) or new HTRAC All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) layouts, with a new multi-link rear suspension to boot.

Four GDI engines are available for the car, three Lambda V6 units in different displacements and a range-topping Tau unit. The entry-level mill is the 3.0 litre Lambda, offering 257 PS at 6,000 rpm and 304 Nm at 5,000 rpm, followed by a 3.3 litre Lambda with 282 PS and 347 Nm, at an identical rpm range.

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The last Lambda is a 3.8 litre job, with 315 PS and 397 Nm, again at the same rpm point. As for the 5.0 litre Tau V8, that one offers 425 PS at 6,000 rpm and 520 Nm at 5,000 rpm. All engines are paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission.

Performance figures range from a 0-100 km/h time of 8.6 seconds and a 230 km/h top speed for the 3.0 litre variant right up to a 0-100 km/h sprint time of 5.4 seconds and a 240 km/h top speed for the 5.0 litre Tau V8.

Some other numbers, these concerning body rigidity – 51.5% of the new Genesis’s body is made of ultra high-strength steel, a 37.7% increase over the previous car. Body-in-white stiffness is now stiffer in torsional and bending strength by 16% and 40% respectively.

The rear boot offers 493 litres (in VDA, and 433 in SAE) of luggage space, while available storage space in the cabin is now 26.9 litres, up 3.7 litres than before – Hyundai says the capacity on call is greater than its premium Euro rivals. Improved NVH is also evident – there’s 38 kg of sound insulation to be found in the new car, slightly more than before.

As you’d expect, the automaker has loaded up its flagship with a host of kit. The bells and whistles items include a new CO2 cabin sensor, Automatic Engine Braking (AEB), a Blind Spot Detection system with integrated Head-Up Display, working in conjunction with a Lane Departure Warning System and radar-controlled Advanced Smart Cruise Control, as well as a Lane Keeping Assist System.

There’s also Autonomous Stop & Go, Smart Cruise Control, Emergency Steer Support and a haptic steering warning system, Rear Cross Traffic Alert, high beam assist, an around view monitor and an Advanced Smart Parking Assist System in that comprehensive mix. A 9.2-inch high-definition (HD) touch AVN (audio, ventilation and navigation) system also gets slapped on.

The Genesis features an i-Driving mode integrated control, with four drive modes (Eco, Normal, Sport and Snow) available. Wheel choices range from a baseline 17-incher and 225/55 series tyres right up to a 19-inch unit shod with 275/35 rubbers.

Even before its unveiling, the new Genesis – which will be available in right hand-drive form – received a record 3,500 orders on the very first day pre-orders in Korea began last week. The automaker is targeting to sell 62,000 units globally next year, 32,000 units in Korea and 30,000 units in other markets.