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2022 Genesis Electrified G80 debuts as company's first electric vehicle

The Electrified G80 is the company's first electric vehicle.

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Genesis is launching its first electric vehicle (EV). The 2022 Genesis Electrified G80 takes the typical parts of the G80 sedan and combines it with an electric powertrain.

"Today is very special because it represents a variety of firsts for the Genesis brand, not only because this is Genesis' very first appearance at Auto Shanghai, but also as the first time we are unveiling a new product outside of Korea," said Jay Chang, Global Head of the Genesis brand. "The Electrified G80, the perfect balance of athleticism and elegance, marks the beginning of our journey into the EV market, representing Genesis in the era of electrification."

The exterior of the Electrified G80 is nearly the same as the traditional G80. The car's Crest Grille features an inverted G-Matrix pattern. It houses the car's charging door, which is located in the grille's upper right corner. The charging door features a two-line design. The two lines mimic the design that features in the lighting of the vehicle.

2022 Genesis Electrified G80

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Nineteen-inch wheels are available.

Specifics for the U.S. market version of the car will be revealed closer to its arrival stateside. Until then, we'll have to make do with what is already confirmed.

The 2020 Electrified G80 offers an estimated maximum range per charge of more than 500 kilometers (310 miles) as measured using Korean EV certification. However, the company estimates far less range, just 427 kilometers (265 miles). That number pales in comparison to the Mercedes EQS's 770-kilometer (478-mile) estimated range and the Tesla Model S Long Range Plus gets 402 miles of all-electric range.

Charging happens at a rate of up to 350 kilowatts, getting from 10 to 80 percent of a charge in just 22 minutes.

Every Electrified G80 comes standard with all-wheel drive. Drivers who put the throttle down can get from zero to 60 mph in 4.9 seconds when the car is in its Sport driving mode.

Drivers can connect or disconnect motor and drive shaft based on different driving conditions, enabling the car to switch from rear- to all-wheel drive on demand, and enabling fuel savings when desired.

Genesis has given the car Active Noise Control - Road, a feature that was first available on the GV80. There's also Electronic Control Suspension with Road Preview tech, which reads the road ahead and adjusts the suspension accordingly ahead of the vehicle encountering a disturbance.

The Electrified G80 also provides a V2L (Vehicle to Load) feature that enables customers to use 3.6 kilowatts of electric power, half of what the Ford F-150 PowerBoost's Pro Power OnBoard delivers, making it possible to use electric appliances outside the vehicle with ease.

The cabin of the EV features recycled materials - natural dyes for leather that is upholstered on the seats, console, and rear-seat armrest; natural recycled wood trim; and recycled PET fabrics.

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Volkswagen nixing Passat after 2022 model year

Racing Green Metallic is one of four exclusive colors for the car.


After five decades on sale in the U.S., Volkswagen is pulling the plug on the midsize Passat. The explosion of SUVs' popularity and the need to shift production power to electric vehicles are behind the decision, which will take place after the 2022 model year. The cars have been built at the automaker's Chattanooga, TN plant since 2011, but the facility is being repurposed as VW's North American hub for electric vehicle assembly.

Volkswagen is giving the car one last hurrah, however, in the form of the Passat Limited Edition. The car features 18-inch wheels, LED headlights with an Advanced Front Lighting System, and an easy-open trunk. Inside, the cars come with sport seats wrapped in Vienna leather, memory seating, a Fender Premium Audio System, parking assistance, and parking sensors.

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition Each car gets a special model tag with its limited production number.Volkswagen

Only 1,973 of the cars will be built, and it will only be sold in four colors, each with its own limited production numbers that have special meaning for the Passat:

  • Aurora Red Metallic with Titan Black interior: 411 units to represent the original vehicle production code
  • Racing Green Metallic with Mauro Brown interior: 423 units to commemorate the Chattanooga 423 area code
  • Pure white with Mauro Brown interior: 524 units to signify the Chattanooga plant's May 24 opening date
  • Platinum Great Metallic with Titan Black interior: 615 units to signify six generations of imported Passats, one generation assembled in Chattanooga, and five decades of U.S. sales

Pricing for the 2022 Passat starts at $31,290, which includes a $995 destination fee. Adding Aurora Red Metallic drives the price up by an additional $395. Each car will receive a special number plate to designate its place in the limited production run.

2022 Volkswagen Passat Limited Edition The Passat Limited Edition gets several upscale features. Volkswagen

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New Jeep Compass Coming Soon

The Compass gets a major update for 2022.


The Chicago Auto Show is happening now, which means we've already seen a few new models and concepts. Just yesterday, Jeep introduced the new 2022 Compass compact SUV. It gets a new design inside and out, updated tech, and a load of new available driver aids. The Compass' refresh comes as new models from Ford, Subaru and others could cut into Jeep's off-road dominance.

As it was in previous model years, the new Compass is powered by a 2.4-liter "Tigershark" four-cylinder engine that makes 177 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. It's good for up to 31 mpg on the highway in 2WD models and can deliver a max towing capacity of up to 2,000 pounds in 4WD models. A six-speed automatic transmission is standard for Compass Sport and Latitude 4X2 models, while all others get a nine-speed automatic transmission that can handle the 20:1 crawl ratio setting in the Trailhawk model.

An all-new Latitude LUX trim joins the Compass lineup for 2022 as well. It features leather upholstery, heated front seats, a leather-wrapped heated steering wheel, an eight-way power driver seat, a seven-inch full-color gauge cluster, and the larger 10.1-inch screen.

2022 Jeep Compass The new Compass is more upscale than its predecessor.Stellantis/Jeep

The Compass comes with a class-leading 8.4-inch infotainment touchscreen, but higher trims get an even larger 10.1-inch unit. It offers standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and runs Uconnect 5, a colorful, responsive infotainment system with advanced features and tech.

Several new safety features make an appearance, but most are added-cost options. The highway assist system offers a semi-autonomous driving feature, which Jeep says will become available later. Other tech includes traffic sign recognition, standard pedestrian/cyclist automatic emergency braking, a surround-view camera system, parallel and perpendicular parking assist, and a long list of more traditional advanced driver aids like blind spot monitoring and parking sensors.

The Compass lineup for 2022 includes five trims: Sport, Latitude, Latitude LUX, Limited, and Trailhawk. Pricing for the new Compass starts at $26,490, including a $1,495 destination charge. At the top of the lineup, the Trailhawk and Limited models both start at $32,890. It's expected to start arriving on dealers' lots in fall 2021.

2022 Jeep Compass New color schemes highlight the Compass' interior.Stellantis/Jeep

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