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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

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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New electric SUV

The Genesis GV60 is on sale now

The GV60 is on sale in the U.S. now.

Genesis

Today, Genesis announced that its newest vehicle, the electric GV60, is on sale in the United States. The vehicle brings a load of new tech and innovations, and features the brand's distinctive, attractive styling.

The GV60 will be offered in two configurations in the United States. The GV60 Advanced AWD starts at $58,890 and features a facial unlocking system, a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and touchscreen, and a Bang & Olufsen audio system. The GV60 Performance AWD starts at $67,890 and brings more power, leather upholstery, a massaging driver's seat, and more.

2023 Genesis GV60Buyers get three years of free charging. Genesis

The Advanced model comes with a 74-kW front and 160-kW rear electric motor for a total of 314 horsepower. A 77.4-kWh battery provides juice for the operation, and returns a range of 248 miles. The Performance AWD model features a 160-kW front and 160-kW rear motor for a combined 429 horsepower, with up to 483 ponies available with a temporary boost mode.

Genesis partnered with Electrify America to provide GV60 owners with three years of free 30-minute charging sessions. Owners can charge anywhere in the United States, and can locate charging stations using their vehicle's navigation system. The GV60 is also the first Genesis to feature Connected Care, which includes several connected services such as enhanced roadside assistance, an SOS emergency notification feature, vehicle health reports, and more.

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What was your best car-related experience this year?

Chris Teague

This year has been a lot of things, but it hasn't been boring. Even if we focus only on the car world, there's plenty to talk about, from microchip-related new vehicle shortages to the wave of new electric vehicles hitting the market. That leaves us with a question for all of you: What was the best or most memorable car moment for you in 2021? I'll get the conversation started.

Porsche Cayenne GTSMy SoCal Cayenne śaw snow for the first time in its nearly 200k-mile life last week.Chris Teague

I'd spent a good portion of 2021 wanting a new-old car to drive when I wasn't testing a new vehicle. That's harder than you'd think for someone who thinks, talks, and writes about cars all day, because there are so many interesting, risky, and downright funky options out there in every price range. The added headache for me was that I'd chosen to shop for a "fun" car in one of the most volatile car markets ever seen. Even the extremely high-mileage "untouchable" European cars I wanted to buy were commanding ridiculous prices.

After a solid few months of waffling between various rattletrap Mercedes-AMG, BMW M, and Audi S/RS cars, I landed on an option that had escaped me before: The Porsche Cayenne. First-generation Cayennes are a real bargain now, but the 955/957 (Porsche's internal code for the SUVs) can experience major problems that occur with or without regular maintenance and care. I was determined to buy one, and wasn't overly concerned about mileage, as long as I could count the number of owners on one hand. There was a beautiful 2009 Cayenne GTS with 90,000 miles but nine owners, a gorgeous 2004 Cayenne Turbo with a concerning engine tick, and many more just like them. Finally, I decided to risky-click a 196,000-mile Cayenne GTS in Southern California. It had one owner and one dealer-owner for a month or two prior to sale, its condition looked decent in photos, and I was able to negotiate a reasonable enough price that shipping it from San Diego to Maine wasn't a huge problem.

Porsche Cayenne GTSThe pics look great, but hands-on tells another story.Chris Teague

I had two traveling Euro mechanics check the car out, and both confirmed that it was well-worn but mechanically sound, so I jumped. Ten days later, on a snowy, icy, dark Maine afternoon, the Cayenne arrived. Cosmetically, there were a few things the dealer and mechanics failed to mention, but overall, it looked good. The SUV passed Maine safety and emissions testing without problem, got a new set of Michelins, and I was on my way.

Porsche Cayenne GTSI'm in danger, but thankfully this should be a reasonable fix.Chris Teague

A few days of driving revealed what I was really in for. A check engine light revealed a camshaft position sensor error and the Cayenne displayed a nasty vibration at idle. A new sensor and motor mounts, and I'm on my way. I'll update you as more things break or miraculously work, but I want to hear your memories from 2021.

Email me at chris@automotivemap.com, and I will compile the best and most interesting stories for a story on New Year's Day. May you all have a wonderful 2022.

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