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2021 Genesis G80 features and powertrains broken down by trim level

Genesis has introduced the next-gen G80 sedan.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 G80 will be competitive for its segment - $47,700. The car has been completely redesigned for the 2021 model year and will debut this summer.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 G80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how the Genesis models break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $47,700 for this sedan.

The base model GV80 comes standard with a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. It has an electric parking brake, multi-link front and rear suspension, integrated starter generator, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 18-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, and dual exhaust.

In its cabin, the five-seater features leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, dual-zone climate control, piano black gloss trim, leatherette upper interior panels and door panels, adjustable ambient lighting, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free trunk, a power tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, illuminated vanity mirrors with dual sun visor extensions, rearview camera, three USB ports, and two 12-volt power outlets.

The long list of standard technology includes high beam assist, forward collision avoidance with assist and pedestrian and cyclist detection, junction and lane change assist, evasive steering assist, smart cruise control, highway driving assist, lane keeping assist, lane following assist, blind spot collision avoidance, rear cross traffic alert and avoidance, safe exit assist, and front and rear park distance warning, auto defog, and rain-sensing wipers.

Each G80GV80 in this grade comes standard with a 14.5-inch infotainment touch screen, 12-speaker audio system, 8-inch driver information display, Bluetooth, AM/FM/XM Radio, HD radio, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Advanced

Genesis is charging $52,300 for this tier G80, which builds on the Standard model. It adds 19-inch alloy wheels instead of the standard 18-inchers. There's also a premium 21-inch Lexicon auto system, a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, power and manual rear side shades, tri-zone climate control, and a power trunk.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T RWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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The Prestige model moves the G80 into true luxury car territory. It starts at $56,600 and features leather seating, a power door closing feature, wireless device charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, an Ergo Motion Driver's Seat, front passenger seat walk-in device, surround view monitor, blind spot monitoring, remote smart parking assist, parking rear collision-avoidance, a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension, heated rear seats, and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Standard

This base model version of the G80 adds all-wheel drive and a few other features, coming in at $50,850. It has heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Genesis has priced the model starting at $55,450. It includes 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system, matte finish wood trim, power rear shade, manual rear side side shades, power trunk, tri-zone climate control, panoramic roof, and ventilated front seats.

2021 Genesis G80 2.5T AWD Prestige

2021 Genesis G80

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Upping to the Prestige trim level gets buyers all the benefits of the Advanced model plus leather seats, power door closures, wireless charging, digital key, rear occupant alert, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension. This model is priced at $59,150.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Standard

This version fo the Genesis G80 is powered by a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6 engine that puts out 375 horsepower and 391 pound-feet of torque. It rides on 19-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, has an electronically controlled suspension with Road Preview, and Monobloc front brakes.

Owners also get a panoramic roof, power trunk, power door closure, digital key, matte wood trim, power rear and manual rear sunshades, leather seats, wireless charging, ventilated front seats, trim-zone climate control, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker Lexicon Premium Audio system.

The car is priced starting at $59,100.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T RWD Prestige

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Upgrading to the Prestige trim gets all the Standard grade content plus 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, Nappa leather seating surfaces, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger walk-in device, power bolster and cushion extension, Ergo Motion driver's seat, blind spot monitor, remote smart parking assist, parking collision-avoidance assist, heated rear seats, heated steering wheel, head-up display, three-in-one 3D digital instrument cluster, forward attention warning, and surround view monitor.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Standard

The $62,250 model includes all above-referenced G80 3.5T RWD Standard content plus heated rear seats and a heated steering wheel. It features all-wheel drive.

2021 Genesis G80 3.5T AWD Prestige

The G80 Prestige goes for $67,650 making it the priciest model in the Genesis G80 lineup. It rides on 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, leather seats, microfiber suede headliner and pillars, front passenger seat walk-in device, Ergo Motion driver's seat, surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assistant, rear parking collision avoidance assist, head up display, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, froward attention warning, and a power driver's seat bolster and cushion extension.

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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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