This is the Genesis Mint concept, a city car built to carry two plus luggage in hitherto unheard-of luxury for the class.
It’s imagined as an outwardly minimalist solution to future urban mobility, where space is at a premium and car footprints need to be reduced. Low-slung and coupe-like, it’s nonetheless pretty short. Genesis hasn’t confirmed dimensions but it’s a sort of remix of a Kei coupe for the West.
As we all know, what buyers of expensive cars all want is for them to be small, simple and easily overlooked in a car park. We joke, but perhaps in a decade or two the financial elite will switch to dinky cars in an attempt to navigate more easily through the swathes of minimum wage-earners daring to share their roads.
To make sure the Mint has enough space for the fruits of a day’s credit-carding along New York’s most famous shopping streets, it only has two seats in its cabin. Behind them is a tonne of extra space for bags, accessed by two interesting dihedral hatches on the rear quarters. There’s no conventional tailgate on the concept.
Naturally it’s an all-electric concept, in this case with a range of 200 miles or so. The 350kW fast-charge port is right at the back, in the middle, to make it easy to reverse into spaces and access chargers on either side. Such a car would almost certainly have an automated reverse-parking system anyway.
Lightweight fabric, ‘cognac’ leather and seven screens are key tick-boxes in an eco-friendly, user-focused interior where the two seats merge into one ‘settee.’ One of the screens is mounted flush into the steering wheel to display ‘primary driving information.’ Whether it’s enough to tempt people out of massive German SUVs for their four-mile cross-city commute, we’re not so sure.