Genesis X Speedium Coupe Concept interior unveiled at Pebble Beach

The Genesis X Concept began as an internal design exercise. When the automaker showed it to the public in April, the praise convinced Genesis to turn the internal exercise into an ongoing public exploration; so what started out as a chunky battery-electric coupe has morphed into a fastback grand tourer that now has an interior that’s both plush and minimal. The automaker showcased the cabin concept during Monterey Car Week, with the design built around the same “white space luxury” ethos around which the brand creates its stand-alone dealerships – strong design cues have the opportunity to assert themselves in a restrained and lush background.

It’s actually an evolution of the X Concept coupe interior, which itself took the design of the Genesis Essential Concept forward. Instead of dark brown leather seats and dashboard contrasting with the X’s black leather, the X Speedium’s cabin is done mostly in Monterey Gold leather. A new touch here is to have the driver’s seat, dashboard and center console element curved around the driver in Pinegrove Green. The green tint plays off the fastback’s Inje Green exterior color, named after the Inje Speedium track in Korea, and the tree-covered mountains surrounding the track.

The heavily driver-centric layout has been transcribed from the X Concept. The gauge cluster is a compact, curved OLED display, accompanied by a vertically oriented screen in the center console angled towards the driver to control the infotainment. That’s it. Everyone should be ready to have fun. Rear passengers get it better here than in the old X Concept, though, with defined quilted leather seats instead of the contoured bench seat of old. And everyone benefits from the obligatory sophisticated audio system developed with sound designer Guk-il Yu with aluminum tweeters.

It’s possible we’ll see elements make their way into production Genesis vehicles. Designer Luc Donckerwolke said: “This is not a show car – this is a glimpse into our design processes as we explore ideas for the next wave of electric vehicles, one that incorporates the DNA of Genesis” and “This car is an open door moment in Genesis’s journey to our future EV design.” We’d be happy to open the door to a future Genesis that looks like this on the inside. If it looks like this or the X Concept on the outside, great.

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