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U.S.-bound 2022 Genesis GV70 features revealed, includes a fingerprint authentication

The Genesis GV70 will arrive in the U.S. next year.

Photo courtesy of Genesis Motors

The cat was out of the proverbial bag in October when the 2022 Genesis GV70 small SUV debuted with limited fanfare. Now, U.S. audiences are learning more about the equipment and features the model will have when it comes to America.

Like the sedans and SUV already in the Genesis lineup, the GV70 features the company's crest grille at the front. The grille takes it shape from the Genesis logo. On this model, it's set lower than on the GV80, and below the Quad Lamp headlights to give the GV70 the look of a sporty crossover.

Muscular rear fenders and a coupe-like roofline give the GV70 an athletic appearance. There's a chrome line to the C-pillar to accentuate the sportiness and exude a sense of elegance.

2022 Genesis GV70

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Quad Lamp taillights are set into the bumper, which also features a G-Matrix pattern applied to it. The Muffler is vertical-shaped and the SUV features a body-colored diffuser.

Genesis will sell models with a Sport Package, dubbed the GV70 Sport. This version of the SUV has an exclusive front bumper, 21-inch G-Matrix pattern-applied wheels, dark chrome garnishes, and a large diameter exhaust. The Sport model's interior features exclusive colors and trim, including a sport steering wheel and carbon-fiber appointed consoles and doors.

The SUV features a dial Shift By Wire system that connects to the buyer's choice of a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine or a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V6. Drivers will have four drive modes to choose from in the model: Eco, Comfort, Sport, and Custom. Sport Package models also come with a Sport Plus mode.

Designers have give the interior of the GV70 a simple layout that relays a feeling of sportiness to passengers. Its aesthetic was inspired by aircraft wings and features slim air vents and long chrome line across the dash accenting the width of the car.

The modernist approach minimizes the number of buttons on the center console. There is a Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) touch screen at the center of the dashboard. The SUC will feature a number of unique technologies including a fingerprint authentication system and Advanced Rear Occupant Alert, which uses a more sophisticated sensor technique that is able to sense even the smallest movements including respiratory actions.

Genesis has revealed that the crossover will come with a number of advanced safety technologies including Highway Driving Assist II, which controls the steering wheel while changing lanes and actively response to close-range low-speed cut-ins. This technology takes Highway Driving Assist further allowing vehicles to change lanes in certain conditions simply by activating the turn signal.

Intelligent Speed Limit Assist (controls the vehicle to not go above the posted speed limit), navigation-based adaptive smart control (reduces speed when a curve is upcoming), forward collision avoidance assist, blind spot collision avoidance assist, and driver attention warning.

The first GV70 is expected to arrive in the United States in 2021. The GV80 starts at $48,900. Expect the GV70 to have a MSRP far below that starting price.

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VinFast will soon launch in the United States.

VinFast

The automotive business is a tough place to cut your teeth as a company. So many have tried and failed to break through with new vehicles, both in the U.S. and elsewhere. Electric vehicles seem to present a perfect opportunity for companies of all types to jump in with a new product. Such is the case with VinFast, a Vietnamese automaker. The company launched two new crossovers at the LA Auto Show yesterday, both of which are heading to the United States.

VinFast EVs Two models will debut at first, but the company plans on expanding here.VinFast

The VinFast VF e35 features up to 301 miles of range on a charge, while the full-size three-row VF e36 can travel up to 422 miles on a charge. Both vehicles come with a ten-year/100,000-mile warranty. VinFast says that its launch strategy in the United States wraps in charging stations, as the company realizes that they are a necessary part of EV adoption. In Vietnam, VinFast is in the process of building 40,000 charging stations to bolster adoption.

VinFast EVs VinFast will eventually build a factory in the United States.VinFast

Here, the automaker will build dozens of company-branded stores to sell its vehicles, similar to the approach taken by Tesla. VinFast's plan is to position itself as an exclusive product in the EV space, and to help it expand in the U.S., the company plans to build a factory in 2024. Part of its launch will also involve several special events across the country to introduce the brand and its vehicles.

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The VW Jetta and Jetta GLI received substantive updates for 2022.

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The 2022 model year is an important one for Volkswagen. Beyond the load of tech and safety improvements it announced earlier this year, 2022 brings a new crossover to the VW catalog. The venerable Jetta and its sport counterpart, the GLI, received substantive updates for the new model year, and today, Volkswagen announced pricing details for both models.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The GLI gets VW's excellent 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster.Volkswagen

Pricing for the cars will start at $20,195 for the Jetta and $30,995 for the Jetta GLI before a $995 destination charge is applied. Volkswagen shuffled the turbocharged 1.5-liter engine from the new Taos crossover to the standard Jetta line for the new model year and the GLI gets a 228-horsepower 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Both cars get a six-speed manual transmission as standard equipment and both can be upgraded with either an eight-speed automatic transmission in the Jetta or a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission in the Jetta GLI.

The Jetta and GLI come with new front and rear bumpers, new exterior color choices, and updated wheel designs. The base Jetta S gets standard features that include 16-inch wheels, LED headlights and taillights, a digital gauge cluster with VW Digital Cockpit, a 6.5-inch display, blind spot monitoring, and rear cross-traffic alerts.

2022 Volkswagen Jetta GLI The Jetta offers a roomier option for buyers outgrowing the Golf hatchback.Volkswagen

The GLI lineup has been shaved to just the Autobahn trim for 2022, which comes with a VAQ limited-slip differential, an adaptive damping system, drive mode selections, a sport exhaust, 18-inch wheels, a 10.25-inch digital cockpit gauge cluster, an 8-inch touchscreen, a BeatsAudio stereo, SiriusXM radio, and a suite of advanced driver aids.

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