AWD vehicles are usually fully automatic. With the HTRAC system in the Genesis you can choose different modes (Normal, Sport, Eco and Snow). I'm sure if they wanted to they could provide different options for snow, sand, etc. It would still be fully automated though.
Jeep does something similar:
Oh man! I'm loving that setup in the picture. What model of Jeep is that?
If Santa Cruz is using Tuscon as platform; it won't use HTRAC.
Tuscon uses a transverse engine; while HTRAC requires a longitudinal engine platform.
Tuscon's AWD uses electric clutches to engage the rear axle. But as the Tuscon doesn't have a limited slip front differential, it relies on traction of the left front wheel to send power to the rear wheels. ('Traction' can be artificially simulated by use of brakes on wheel that is spinning - Cadillac does that in SRX, etc - not 4wd, but if done well, close enough for practical purposes - just a little harder on brake pads).
Give me a pair of electric lockers and now we're talking. Then you could be spinning all 4 wheels.
You aren't physically moving anything in transmission (solenoids and electric motors do all the work), so a lever just requires more cost (so you can't damage it if you try to force it beyond limits) as you are just toggling a switch.
Only in a Jeep Wrangler is driver actually activating 4wd these days...
Efficiency is a key attribute of its advanced powertrains, with an environmentally-friendly 2.0-liter turbo diesel powertrain delivering 190 horsepower and 300 lb.-ft. of torque, while achieving fuel economy in the high 30 mpg range. Santa Cruz also offers Hyundai’s HTRAC® All-wheel drive system, so there’s no anxiety about getting those snowboarding “fresh tracks” right after a storm moves through.
I love how brands name specific functions like how Hyundai did with this AWD system, which makes it clear it's all part of their marketing effort. The name they came up for their AWD system helps to create the feeling and understanding people want of AWD systems.
If it was a shifter instead of dial, it would make going into each different setting a bit more exciting
I totally agree with the shifter. It would make it much more exciting but also much more straight forward when choosing between options. I will also be harder to accidentally bump the dial into a different setting.