Thanks to the new “HTRAC” AWD system, which is premiering on the next-generation Genesis model, Hyundai is now among a growing list of carmakers that have all-wheel-drive options for its clients.

The Korean maker’s HTRAC moniker should be an easy pick, with the “H” coming from Hyundai, and the rest a play on the “Traction” word. The system has an electronic control mechanism to get torque moving between the front and rear axles as it needs, based on driver input and road conditions. While Hyundai isn’t giving just yet specific technical details, the maker hints that the HTRAC system is ready to deliver more range for splitting the torque between front and rear than what usually a mechanical all-wheel-drive system can achieve.

“We expect our customers to feel world-class safety and driving performance in the all-new Genesis equipped with the HTRAC system,” said Woong-Chul Yang, Vice Chairman and head of Hyundai Motor Group’s R&D Center.

Hyundai says it took the Genesis equipped with the new HTRAC system on test trials on the grueling German Nurburgring circuit, as well as the Yeongam F1 track in Korea, while also putting its paces through severe winter probes in Europe. The new HTRAC system will  be officially revealed on the second-generation Hyundai Genesis sedan – until now sold only in rear-wheel drive configuration. 


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