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Genesis mulling production Essentia

by Ben Hsu

It would serve as a limited production halo car

Genesis is considering building a halo grand tourer based on the wild Genesis Essentia concept that debuted at the New York Auto Show earlier this year.Speaking with Motor Trend, executive director of Genesis North America Erwin Raphael confirmed the luxury marque's intention to build it as a low volume limited edition. "We are very committed to the Essentia," Raphael told the magazine. "We love the car. We think the car will do very well." Design chief Peter Schreyer has said that everything shown on the concept was "technically feasible" though it would probably have more traditional doors replace the concept's butterfly doors.However, while Motor Trend took this as confirmation of the Essentia's production, Jalopnik received some conflicting information from a Genesis spokesperson. "Genesis is pursuing the feasibility of Essentia--but as of now, there's no production confirmation. Some reporters may have gotten ahead of themselves based on speculation. No timelines to share at this time," the spokesperson explained.The Genesis brand currently has only sedans, but previous reports from company officials have indicated that a luxury crossover and coupe are part of the eventual lineup.