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Genesis shows off its first SUV, the three-row 2021 GV80

The GV80 will be the first Genesis SUV to arrive on U.S. shores.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Genesis has existed on sedans for the better part of three years now. It's been a tough brand debut for the luxury arm of Hyundai despite having three solid cars available to consumers. This year, Genesis's first SUV, the three-row GV80 will debut.

Genesis's sedans carry the G70, G80, and G90 moniker. The company says that it added a "V" to the name of the alphanumeric GV80 name to represent the model's versatility rather than going with a traditional model name like "Tucson" or "Sorento".

2020 Genesis GV80 Genesis has given the GV80 a similar grille and headlight style to the G90.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Its design was a collaboration between Genesis Design studios located in South Korea, the United States, and Germany. Genesis has remained true to the car's prototype model, first shown at the 2017 New York International Auto Show.

"GV80 allows us to expand our definition of Athletic Elegance design language to a new typology, while retaining sublime proportionality and sophistication of form," said Luc Donckerwolke, Executive Vice President, Chief Design Officer of Hyundai Motor Group.

Based on a rear-wheel drive platform, the GV80 will have available all-wheel drive and an available third row. This is a similar setup to the Volkswagen Tiguan.

2020 Genesis GV80 The shape of the SUV is similar to other luxury SUVs.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

It has a wide grille and a front Quad Lamp light signature that is similar to that in the 2020 Genesis G90. Its pinched and sculpted hood gives off an air of athleticism.

Sang Yup Lee, Senior Vice President, Head of Genesis Design added "The Quad Lamp, our design signature, introduces an unmistakable visual impression completely unique to Genesis."

From the front, the sweeping Parabolic Line runs along the side of the model drawing the eye rearward. The wheels are positioned to emphasize the car's strong stance.

Genesis's G-Matrix pattern appears in light fixtures at the front and rear of the vehicle, and on the wheels. It is inspired by orchids.

2020 Genesis GV80 The interior of the GV80 features a minimalistic design.Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

A strong architectural aesthetic plays on the interior of the SUV, which is designed with minimalism in mind. A release put out by the company touts the SUV's high driving position, high-mounted control surfaces, slim air vents, and touch screen climate controls. It also says that the center console features a "jewel-like, rotating electronic gear selector" that provides "an exquisite balance of simplicity and glamor."

The GV80 goes on sale in South Korea this month. Sales in the U.S. will commence later in 2020. Pricing, grade structure, and technical information will be provided by the automaker prior to the SUV's on-sale date.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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New driver assist technology is coming to the Lexus lineup later this year.

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New Lexus Teammate driver assistance technology will debut on the 2022 Lexus LS 500h later this year. Its availability is constrained to all-wheel drive models.

The technology was developed based on the Mobility Teammate Concept. This automated driving concept is unique to Toyota sough to enhance communication between drivers and cars, "enabling them to reach out to each other for mutual assistance". The concept sees cars and humans interacting and partnering rather than having automation take over for drivers. This approach allows drivers to enjoy the experience of driving but allowing the vehicle to take over some functions of driver's duties at times. In this way, the tech works as both guardian and chauffeur.

2022 Lexus The company's flagship sedan will get the technology first.Photo courtesy of Lexus

2022 Lexus LS 500h

On the 2022 Lexus 500h, Lexus Teammate will offer two functions: Advanced Drive and Advanced Park.

Advanced Drive is design to "accurately detect driving conditions to plan and execute acceleration, braking, and steering commands to maintain the vehicle within the lane, follow other vehicles, change lanes, navigate certain interchanges and traffic jams and overtake slower vehicles." It's a Level 2 functionality that "allows for driving on limited-access highways with partial hands-free, eyes-on-the-road operation".

This description makes it sound a lot like the suite of lane keeping, lane centering, and adaptive cruise control technology that Hyundai offers rather than true Level 3 technology that General Motors's Super Cruise delivers.

Lexus will show operation of the technology on a screen with information displayed like this.Photo courtesy of Lexus

Advanced Park operates similar to how the Genesis GV80's hands-free parking assist technology works. The Lexus tech automatically controls steering, acceleration, braking, and gear changes with parallel parking or backing into a parking space. It uses a combination of 360-degree sensing technologies and a bird's eye view display to perform the task while allowing the driver to monitor progress.

"We are very proud of Lexus Teammate, which is the culmination of five years of close collaboration between our technical centers in Japan and the US. We conducted simultaneous development and rigorous testing in both markets with the goal of achieving industry-leading advanced driver assistance functionality," says Derek Caveney, executive engineer at Toyota Motor North America's Integrated Vehicle Systems team.

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