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2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition gets expected features, limited quantities available

Hyundai has debuted a new, limited edition version of the Kona subcompact SUV

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor Company

The 2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition delivers exactly what you’d think you’d get from a blacked out version of the subcompact crossover. The special edition model has received changes in and out as part of this limited time offering.

Buyers will get a Kona equipped with LED headlights and taillights as well as gloss black accents on the interior and exterior including the mirror caps and door handles,. The model was already equipped with black headlight bezels, window surrounds, and cladding.

2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition

2021 Hyundai Kona Night Edition

Photo courtesy of Hyundai Motor America

The SUV rides on standard 18-inch rays semi-gloss black alloy wheels.

Hyundai will sell the model with the buyer’s choice of a Glactic Gray, Ultra Black, or Chalk White paint job.

Only one powertrain will be available in the model, a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder that is connected to a seven-speed dual clutch transmission. In the traditional version of the Kona, this same power plant achieves 175 horsepower. It’s considered an upgrade over the 147-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the base model.

The Kona Night Edition’s interior gets a more complete blackout treatment with black upholstery and door handles. In front of the driver are aluminum alloy sport pedals.

Dealerships will have the models available in September. Hyundai has not detailed exactly how many of the models they will make or how much they will cost.

The Kona is the second model to get announced appearance upgrades this month. The 2021 Hyundai Palisade three-row SUV will be getting a new top trim level - Calligraphy. The automaker also shuffled the trim level offerings for 2021 giving buyers more bang for their buck.

Hyundai has also recently introduced the redesigned 2021 Elantra and has been teasing the forthcoming Elantra N. The Hyundai Sonata Hybrid recently went on sale.

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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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New luxury EV

Lexus announces all-electric RZ 450e

Lexus just announced the new RZ 450e

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Lexus and Toyota have finally jumped onto the EV train, and we’ll soon see new all-electric SUVs from both. The Lexus variant, named RZ 450e, features a reasonable range, upscale interior, and neat all-wheel drive technology. We don’t have firm pricing for the Lexus, but expect it to start in the mid-to-high $40,000 range.

2023 Lexus RZRange is expected to reach 225 miles per chage. Lexus

The RZ shares a platform and much of its underlying engineering with the Toyota bZ4X and Subaru Solterra, but will take a more upscale approach. Though its size and overall shape are similar to the others, the Lexus’ exterior styling is sharper and sportier, with functional aerodynamic bodywork. A new Lexus logo is spelled out on the rear gate, instead of the traditional “L” of previous models.

The SUV comes with a 71.4-kWh battery that should deliver a range of around 225 miles on a charge. All-wheel drive is standard, and uses the RZ’s dual electric motors to shift power between the wheels that need it most.

Inside, the RZ features a minimalist, open space with controls meant to remind drivers of a horse’s reins. Ultrasuede upholstery and woodgrain trim come standard. Lexus notes the RZ’s head-up display is controllable via steering wheel-mounted buttons that handle navigation, audio, and other functions.

2023 Lexus RZThough similar to the Toyota bZ4X inside, the Lexus IS more upscale and minimalist. Lexus

Speaking of the steering wheel, the first RZs will be available with a round wheel only, but later on, Lexus will offer a yoke-style wheel like the one seen in the Toyota bZ4X concept and Tesla’s Plaid models.

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