Last year, Genesis unveiled the absolutely spectacular, a fully electric two-door that showcased the brand’s future design language. It sure seemed like Genesis actually wanted to put the X into production, even releasing which included distinctly coupe-like silhouettes. On Wednesday at the Genesis House space in New York during the auto show, the automaker unveiled a new version of the concept called the X Speedium, and it looks even cooler.
Genesis says the X Speedium’s updated styling previews how future EVs will look, and that’s a damn good thing. The biggest change is to the overall proportions, as the X Speedium has a fastback greenhouse, almost like a shooting brake, instead of the X Coupe’s traditional roofline and trunk. It gives me the best Aston Martin DB2/4 vibes, and while Genesis hasn’t released any interior photos, it looks like the Speedium’s taller roof gives rear passengers a lot more room. Basically, the Speedium retains the same amazing boxed fender flares as the original coupe concept.
The Speedium’s face ditches the X’s grille in favor of a fantastical LED pattern that sees the slender twin headlights stretch across the front end and form the outline of the signature Genesis crest shape. The lower half of the front bumper is much the same, but the grilleless face gives the Speedium a completely new look. The scalloped rear is even more prominent on the Speedium, with a taller ducktail spoiler that has an integrated center light, and the Speedium has a more aggressive rear diffuser and more complex wheels. Its new emerald paint shade is called Inje Green, inspired by the mountains around the Inje Speedium race track in South Korea which the concept is named after. Otherwise, other Speedium design elements are unchanged from the X.
Genesis Chief Creative Officer Luc Donckerwolke says the X Speedium is not a traditional show car, instead describing it as a statement of intent for the company’s upcoming electric vehicles. The brand will switch to electric vehicles only by 2030 with a planned lineup of six models in the US, although eight cars have already been teased – and it looks like one will be a production version of the X. Hopefully, at less.
Alongside the launch of the X Speedium concept, Genesis announced that the next electrified GV70 will be built in Montgomery, Alabama, starting in December. The brand has also launched a new Priority One program for customers in California, Connecticut, New Jersey and New York that will simplify the process of ordering and purchasing the GV60 EV. After entering contact information and depositing a $500 deposit, a concierge will match customers with a Genesis retailer.