Genesis X Convertible design study debuts

The convertible is part three of a series of concept cars from Genesis that included a coupe and shooting brake

Genesis has revealed the X Convertible concept in the lead up to the LA motor show, the final model from its X Concept series that so far debuted a coupe and shooting brake. Genesis has no plans to put any of these concepts directly into production, instead using them to preview future design language and signal its ambition to operate at the very pinnacle of the luxury car market.

Aside from its use of an electric powertrain there’s little to no detail revealed about its technical package. Instead this is an opportunity for Genesis’s designers to flex their creative muscles and show off a car from a segment that’s usually reserved for luxury brands like Bentley, Rolls-Royce and Mercedes

This mantra is obvious in the X Convertible’s basic proportions, with its long bonnet, stretched dash-to-axle ratio and elegant windscreen rake. Like the shooting brake and coupe models, the X Convertible has limited ornamentation on its body, instead using its width across both axles to create four aggressive box-style wheel arches to define its aesthetic. 

It features a substantial rear deck that merges into an almost duck-tail like rear spoiler, creating an oval-shaped scallop across the rear end that’s not dissimilar to the one found on a Bentley Continental GT. Rather than a traditional fabric roof, Genesis has instead fitted a sleek folding hardtop that doesn’t try to look integrated into the main body, but sits separate to the main body both in its lines and colour. 

> Genesis X Concept at Goodwood

Compared to the other two concepts, Genesis has fiddled with the lower bumpers, incorporating new mesh openings at the front and a subtle diffuser insert at the rear. These are more reminiscent of the design elements being applied to its current road cars. Its signature lighting elements front and rear remain unchanged, while the cabin is only changed in colour and trim, with a black and red combination with elegant box embroidery on the seats, doors and dash.

While Genesis might still have a relatively small footprint here in the UK, its ambition to become a major player in the global luxury car market shows no sign of slowing. With concepts like the X Convertible, it’s a clear signal to traditional luxury brands that even the most auspicious segments like an elegant four-seater cabriolet aren’t out of reach. 

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