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2021 Genesis GV80 features and powertrains broken down by trim level

The Genesis GV80 comes in seven trim levels, as well as in either rear- or all-wheel drive.

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Genesis has announced the starting price of the 2021 GV80 will be competitive for its segment - $48,900. The SUV is new to the Genesis lineup for the 2021 model year and will be the first in a series of new SUVs from the automaker.

There are 10 grades of the 2021 GV80. All trim levels carry a destination fee of $1,025. Here's how they break down by trim level.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Standard

Genesis is charging $48,900 for this model.

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 with self-leveling capability, ventilated front and rear disc brakes, and a drive mode selector.

It rides on standard 19-inch alloy wheels. There are LED daytime running lights, full-LED quad headlights, full-LED rear combination lamps, power-folding outside mirrors, puddle lamps, and privacy glass.

The five-seater features 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats, leatherette upholstery, 12-way power front seats with four-way lumbar, the Smart Posture Care System, heated front seats, dual-memory seating, front passenger seat walk-in device, dual-zone climate control, perforated leatherette door panels, a metal door scuff, and a leather steering wheel.

There's also keyless entry, remote start, a hands-free lift gate, a tilt and telescopic steering wheel, power windows with front and rear auto up and down, rearview camera, four USB ports, 12-volt power outlet, cargo cover, and towing wiring.

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, a driver attention warning, 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.

Each GV80 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 GV80 2.5T RWD Advanced

This second-tier model has a starting price of $52,800. In addition to the features in the base model, buyers get a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, manual rear side shades, a digital key, heated steering wheel, rear cargo area 110-volt power outlet, wireless device charger, rear occupant alert, and a 21-speaker premium sound system.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T RWD Prestige

Priced starting at $57,050, the model takes all the standard features of the Advanced trim model and adds leather seating surfaces, 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote park assist, parking collision avoidance (rear), tri-zone climate control, a power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Standard

This is the base model for GV80s with all-wheel drive. It starts at $54,650. The model includes a panoramic roof, matte finish wood trim, ventilated front seats, manual rear side shades, a digital key, heated steering wheel, rear cargo area 110-volt power outlet, wireless device charger, and rear occupant alert.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Advanced

Moving up to the Advanced trim will cost you $59,000. It builds on the Standard offering, adding 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote park assist, parking collision avoidance (rear), leather seating surfaces, and a 21-speaker sound system.

2021 Genesis GV80 2.5T AWD Prestige

This is the most expensive GV80 with a 2.5-liter engine you can buy. It starts at $63,400. It builds off all the content of the Advanced trim and adds 22-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, an electronically controlled suspension with road preview (no longer self-leveling), a head-up display, road active noise cancellation, power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, trim-zone climate control, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Standard

This is the base model that comes with a 3.5-liter V6 engine. It starts at $59,150 and is only available with all-wheel drive. Fo their money, buyers get larger front brakes, 20-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, and an electronically controlled suspension with road preview (removes rear self-leveling functionality).

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Advanced

Stepping up to the Advanced trim level costs $64,350 and adds a surround view monitor, blind spot monitor, remote parking assist, leather seating surfaces, power driver seat bolster and cushion extension, active motion seat, tri-zone climate control, and heated second-row seats.

2021 Genesis GV80 3.5T AWD Advanced+

The model has a starting price of $65,050 and adds a third row of power-folding 50/50-split third row seats to the features already included with the Advanced trim level.

2021 Genesis GV80 AWD Prestige

For the price of $70,950, buyers can get the top-tier trim level, which includes everything in the Advanced+ package plus 22-inch alloy wheels with all-season tires, an electric limited slip differential, road active noise cancellation, Nappa leather seating surfaces, power-folding second-row seats, a 12.3-inch 3D digital instrument cluster, power rear side window shades, ventilated second-row seats, power door closure, second-row vanity mirrors, and a suede headliner and pillar trim.

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If you've got a reservation, you can now order your 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E.

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In a memo to dealers, Ford has announced that it is lowering the manufacturer's suggested retail price (MSRP) of its 2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E, the long-awaited all-electric crossover.

According to a post on the Mach-E forum, the price of the Mustang Mach-E will be $1,000 to $3,000 than initially promoted. The memo states that the Mustang Mach-E Premium will be $3,000 lower than initially anticipated with the all-wheel drive version dropping to $50,800 and rear-wheel drive model now coming in at $48,100.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-E The Ford Mustang Mach-E will begin arriving at dealership lots soon. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The Mach-E First Edition, a sold-out top-of-the-line model, will get a $1,000 price deduction. That same drop applies to the Mach-E Select, the base model. That base model has a 230-mile range. Higher price point versions of the Mach-E can achieve up to 300 miles of range.

The price of each vehicle includes a $1,100 delivery charge. Customers are eligible to receive a $7,500 federal tax credit with purchase.

Pricing will apply to all models that have been ordered since the Mach-E was unveiled at the 2019 L.A. Auto Show. The first deliveries of the crossover are expected to arrive in customer hands later this year.

How does the new price compare? The freshly-unveiled Volkswagen ID.4 will start at $41,990 including the cost of delivery, making it about $2,000 less than the new price of the Mach-E Select, which comes in at $43,995 for front-wheel drive models and $46,695 for all-wheel drive variants. The ID.4 will get up to 250 miles on a single charge.

The Tesla Model Y comes in at $49,990 but has more range than the Mustang Mach-E at 316 miles on a single charge and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

Ford and Volkswagen vehicles will rely on private charging opportunities. Both companies have recently announced partnerships with Electrify America, which has two cross-country charging routes available and is working to rapidly install charging stations at private enterprises and in public spaces nationwide.

Volkswagen ID.4 buyers get three years of free charging with purchase. Mustang Mach-E owners get 250-kilowatt-hours of free charging when they buy a Mach-E.

Tesla has a fully built-out electric vehicle charging infrastructure that allows for fast charging of the Model Y. With that capability it can relain 158 miles of charge in just 15 minutes while at a Supercharger. There are 17,000 Superchargers worldwide and six new locations open each week according to the Tesla website.

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The 2021 Volkswagen ID.4 is the company's first long-range electric vehicle for the U.S. market.

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The long-teased Volkswagen ID.4 has arrived. Volkswagen will make the battery electric vehicle (BEV) its first long-range model sold in the U.S. The model will be made in the U.S.A at VW's Chattanooga plant and go on sale in early 2021.

"The ID.4 was engineered, loaded and priced to win the hearts of SUV owners who are simply ready to go electric—and fall in love with Volkswagen again," said Scott Keogh, CEO, Volkswagen Group of America. "It drives like a GTI, it has the packaging of a Tiguan and the purpose of the Beetle. All the best things about VW in one package."

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Platform and battery design

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With a serviceable body design, the highlights of the ID.4 reside in the details. Its battery pack consists of 288 pouch cells in 12 modules. The pack resides under the vehicle's center and doesn't intrude on passenger space. The battery pack is attached to the car via an aluminum hold and connects with an electric motor at the rear.

VW will offer the ID.4 with an 82-kilowatt-hour battery at launch. The power source is capable of achieving 201 horsepower and 228 pound-feet for torque, which are good numbers for its vehicle size, though some of that may be undercut by the heaviness of the vehicle - the weight information is still forthcoming from the company.

The ID.4 82kWh RWD 1st Edition models will have a range of 250 miles. A more powerful all-wheel-drive variant with 302 horsepower will go on sale later in 2021.

Each ID.4 that is purchased comes with three years of free charging capability via Electrify America infrastructure. The ID.4 can be charged with both alternating current (AC) and direct current (DC) fast-charging capability. The onboard 11-kilowatt charger allows for charging the battery 33 miles in about an hour and charges to full in around 7.5 hours on a Level 2 charger. At a DC fast-charging station, with 125 kilowatt charging, the ID.4 can go from five to 80 percent charged in about 38 minutes.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Exterior

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Volkswagen is touting the vehicle's nimble drivability. VW knows a thing or two about five-door vehicle nimbleness. They're the makers of the Golf GTI, one of the most beloved hot hatches on the planet.

As for dimensions, the ID.4 is 4.6 inches smaller and shorter than the Tiguan, and has a shorter wheelbase. Despite this, the passenger space of the model is similar to the Tiguan. It has cargo space similar in size to the Mazda CX-5.

The ID.4 will available in six exterior colors—Glacier White Metallic, Mythos Black Metallic, Moonstone Grey, Scale Silver Metallic, Blue Dusk Metallic and King's Red Metallic. All models come with a body color roof, black roof rails, and 19-inch aluminum alloy wheels.

The Statement package adds a panoramic fixed-glass roof, premium LED projector headlights with Volkswagen's Adaptive Front-lighting System, and power-folding side mirrors with puddle lamp signature. The Gradient package (sold on top of the Statement package) upgrades to 20-inch wheels, black roof, and silver roof rails and accents.

A 5.3-inch digital instrument display replaces the traditional instrument cluster in front of the driver. It's operated with touch-sensitive controls on the car's leather-wrapped, heated steering wheel. There is no gearshift because an electric vehicle does not require gears. Instead, the vehicle shifts to drive using a rocker switch on the dashboard.

2021 Volkswagen ID.4: Interior

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Piano Black material is featured on the steering wheel, steering column, door controls, and display housings. The car's standard cloth seats are finished in black cloth on entry models and Lunar Gray or Galaxy Black leatherette on models with the Statement package. Entry ID.4 models feature six-way adjustable seats with power recline, while the Statement package adds 12-way power seats, with massage lumbar and memory, as well as 30-color ambient lighting.

The roster of standard features includes rain-sensing wipers, auto-dimming rearview mirror, dual-zone Climatronic climate control, and KESSY keyless access, heated steering wheel, heated side mirrors and washer nozzles, wireless mobile charging, wireless App-Connect, and Volkswagen Car-Net with in-car WiFi capability, and, on all-wheel-drive models, a heated windshield. The Statement package adds satellite radio, an adjustable trunk floor, and a power tailgate with Easy Open & Close.

Pricing for the ID.4 starts at $39,995, for the rear-wheel-drive ID.4 Pro, before a potential federal tax credit of up to $7,500 is applied. Volkswagen Credit will offer qualified customers a monthly lease payment $379 per month with $3,579 due at signing for a 36-month lease with a 10,000-miles per year limit.

Starting later in 2021, the ID.4 AWD Pro ($43,675) will be available. These models can be additionally outfitted with two packages—Statement ($4,500), and Gradient ($1,500). The ID.4 launches with a limited-run ID.4 1st Edition ($43,995).

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