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Refreshed 2021 Genesis G70 gets updated exterior, high-tech interior enhancements

The Genesis G70 is getting familiar family styling for 2021.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

The 2021 Genesis G70 brings with it a strong sports car identity. With a refresh underway, its identity will look a littler different, but the same athletic performance will remain.

The new exterior design feeds off of the language of the G90 and G80 delivering a signature crest grille up front, which is flanked by new Quad Lamp headlights that are well defined and piercing.

Sides of the four-door G70 include air extractors that are optimized for efficiency. Moving to the back the Quad Lamp taillights show their clear inspiration from the Genesis logo. Below, a full-width G-Matrix mesh and body colored diffusers surround the oval exhaust tips.

2021 Genesis G70

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

Engine options for the G70 remain unchanged. The base model will be powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant that achieves 252 horsepower while upgraded models get a twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 that produces 365 horsepower. Both engines will be paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission - the manual option has been killed off due to a low take rate.

Rear-wheel drive will remain standard. All-wheel drive will be available.

The interior of the G70 is enhanced as well. Its driver-centric design adds the company's new 10.25-inch infotainment screen, which is already seen in various applications throughout the Hyundai and Kia lineup. The infotainment system now supports over-the-air updates, Valet mode, and AppleCarPlay.

Genesis has optimized the layout of the wireless charging pad in the center console placing it in a more traditional horizontal orientation to allow for more compatibility with various smartphones sizes.

Specifications for the model will vary by location.

Pricing for the U.S.-bound version of the G70 has not yet been announced and neither has an on-sale date. The car will be arriving in the Korea market next month.

The 2020 Genesis G70 starts around $35,000. A small price increase is likely for the 2021 model.

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2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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The G70 got a makeover for 2022.

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The Genesis G70 got a refresh for 2022, which brought an updated interior with new tech, along with a massaged front- and rear-end. I'm spending a week testing the renewed sports sedan, and have some initial thoughts after two days with the new model. I drove the 2021 G70 and felt that it was a cohesive package with few major downfalls. The 2022 model's improvements have made me like it even more. A full review will be out next week, but in the meantime, here are three things to know about the 2022 Genesis G70.

It's Plush


2022 Genesis G70 The G70's interior is top-shelf and gorgeous to look at.Genesis


Close your eyes and step into a G70 and you'll be hard pressed to believe you're sitting in anything other than a European luxury sedan. The cabin is gorgeous, and features high-end materials, great visibility, and intuitive technology. The front seats are sporty but supportive and comfortable, and high trim levels features super diamond stitched leathers and very few low-rent materials inside.

It's Quick

I'm testing the Sport Prestige 3.3T model, which his powered by a – you guessed it – twin-turbocharged 3.3-liter V6 engine. With 365 horsepower and 376 pound-feet of torque on tap, the car will boogie. Its 0-60 mph time lands a at a modest 4.7 seconds, but Genesis did a good job of building in enough drama to make things interesting. The car's sonorous exhaust, rush of power off the line, and responsive transmission all work together to create a special experience. Even G70s equipped with the lesser turbocharged 2.0-liter engine still feel quick, thanks to 252 horsepower.

It's Gorgeous


2022 Genesis G70 The G70 isn't a large car, but offers enough room for a family of four to ride in comfort.Genesis


I tested a Genesis GV80 a few months ago, and found that it was the first car I'd driven around town that caused people to stop and take photos. Now, with the G70, I have my second. Despite a few awkward lines, created when Genesis added the split headlight and taillight look to the car, it's otherwise one of the sleekest and most eye-catching sedans around. Deeply sculpted sides and the large-but-not-too-large diamond grille also add to the look.

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