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GENESIS G70 3.3T SPORT

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GENESIS G70 3.3T SPORT

By CHRIS RILEY

“Rear-wheel drive Genesis G70 takes the fight up to the Germans”

Genesis G70 is a rear-drive four-door sports sedan but it could be classed as a 2+2 because rear legroom is quite limited (especially with a tall driver).

A $10,000 Luxury Pack was also fitted to our test car along with matte finish paint which adds another $2000 to the price, bringing the grand total to $87,876.

The pack includes a 12.3-inch full screen instrument cluster with 3D function, head-up display, a 16-way adjustable driver’s seat with memory function, heated steering wheel, heated rear seats, power-operated rear boot lid and premium 15-speaker Lexicon audio.

GENESIS G70 3.3T SPORT

Genesis G70 2021

STYLING
The G70 has just had a facelift, which includes which includes a new front bumper, grille and headlights, along with a new rear bumper and tail lights.

Most notable are the striking signature quad headlights, featuring super thin LEDs, that bring the design into line with the rest of the lineup.

Below each headlight, air curtain inlets provide definition and well as helping to reduce aerodynamic drag.

The plunging ‘crest’ radiator grille gives the car a welcome, more aggressive look, while new air vents positioned behind the front wheels replace the previous shark gills. A parabolic line adds an elegant touch to the design.

Signature quad tail lights grace the rear, with prominent Genesis lettering across the boot with its restrained lip spoiler. Dual exhaust tips and a body-coloured diffuser add the finishing touches to the updates.

While the first edition of the G70 looked like a BMW, the latest iteration of the with its droopy, rounder lines is more suggestive of a Benz, especially the rear.

Standard kit includes leather and two-zone climate, 12-way power-adjustable heated and ventilated front seats, with four-way lumbar support for the driver.

GENESIS G70 3.3T SPORT Interior

Genesis G70 2021

INTERIOR
There’s also ambient interior lighting, ‘touch’ style front door handles, keyless entry and start, automatic lights and wipers, auto-dimming exterior mirrors, LED headlights and tail lights, a panoramic sunroof and power-operated boot lid.

An improved Qi phone charger fits larger devices, provides an increased 15W output for quicker charging and has an integrated cooling fan.

New touches include richly tactile G Matrix style quilting and classy geometric patterned trim inserts.

Headlining the tech updates is a 10.25-inch satellite navigation and Infotainment unit

Sport and Sport Line styling with Luxury Package bring, in addition, a suede headlining and pillar covers, Sport-style swirl patterned aluminium trim inserts, and sports pedals.

These flagship variants also bring Nappa Leather upholstery in a choice of vibrant Sevilla Red, sophisticated Sandstorm Grey and classic Sport black among the selection of seven interior colours across Sport and standard styling.

There’s a lidded box between the seats, two console cupholders, a sunglasses saver overhead and bins in the doors.

There’s two power-only USB ports in the storage box and a multimedia connection at the front of the console, along with a 12-volt outlet.

INFOTAINMENT
The standard infotainment system with a 10.25-inch multimedia touchscreen incorporates satellite navigation, digital radio, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto connectivity and 9-speaker audio including an external amplifier.
If you want the whiz-bang Lexicon system, you’re looking at $10,000 for the Luxury option package because it’s part of that. It has 11 channels, 660 Watts, and 15 speakers, it features Digital Signal Processing,

A ‘custom’ button on the steering wheel can be mapped to numerous functions, while the ability to make multiple Bluetooth connections allows easy switching between media sources.

ENGINES / TRANSMISSIONS
Genesis G70 3.3T is powered by a revised, twin-turbocharged 3.3-litre petrol V6 that pumps out 274 kW at 6000 rpm and 510 Nm between 1300 and 4500 rpm, which is bang on the money. The latest model picks up a couple more kilowatts thanks to a new dual-mode, variable exhaust system.

The engine drives the rear wheels through an eight-speed auto that includes steering wheel mounted gear change paddles and with auto rev-matching on downshifts.

SAFETY
The Genesis G70 has a five-star rating. There are side airbags and a front centre side airbag, bringing the grand total to 10.

Active driver-assist systems include forward collision-avoidance assist with car/pedestrian/cyclist detection as well as junction turning function.

There’s rear cross-traffic collision-avoidance assist, blind-spot collision-avoidance assist rear, blind-spot view monitor, lane following assist, surround view monitor, multi collision braking, safe exit warning and rear occupant alert.

DRIVING
The throaty rumble of the V6 as it springs to life is great. Nosing on to the motorway for the first time, we punch the accelerator and the G70 fires forward — loud, urgent and convincing.

A new Sport+ mode further increases engine responsiveness and throttle sensitivity, engages enhanced gearbox logic and turns the traction control off.

It also brings the side bolsters of the driver’s seat to life, which move inwards to hold you tighter.

Because G70 is a rear-drive car, switching to Sport+ means the back has the potential to ‘step out’ and could leave less experienced drivers looking embarrassed (and possibly out of pocket).

Turning on Sport+ also activates a track setting that screws down suspension travel to reduce body roll in corners. Based on vehicle sensors, such as G-force, steering angle, steering velocity and throttle position, as well as the drive mode, it provides the optimal damping force for each wheel.

The system can intelligently adjust compression and rebound forces up to 100 times per second using continuously variable dampers.

There’s also launch mode, designed to optimise acceleration from a standstill. But after you’ve had a play with this a couple of times, you’ll probably only return to impress friends.

What is guaranteed, however, is that this car will put a smile on your dial.

The ride from the adaptive dampers is exemplary, the steering is direct and responsive depending on mode and the car corners exceptionally well, sitting flat and controlled.
Although the changes delivered by the eight-speed auto are not as crisp as a twin clutch, we prefer the smoothness of a traditional auto. Rear legroom is limited, especially with a taller driver. The boot is on the small side.

Try as we may, we couldn’t get the navigation unit to accept an intersection of two streets as a destination.

With a 60-litre tank, the V6 drinks 95 premium unleaded and uses a claimed 10.2L/100km. We averaged 9.3 litres per hundred after 400km of mixed driving which is pretty good considering the type of car.

SUMMING UP
This is a car to watch. Genesis G70 will appeal to buyers who want something different and are tired of the same old fare. We feel the Genesis marque is sure to grow in stature.

AT A GLANCE

MODEL
Genesis G70 2.0T, priced from $63,000
Genesis G70 3.3T Sport, priced from $76,000
Note: These prices do not include government or dealer delivery charges. Contact your local Genesis dealer for drive-away prices.

SPECIFICATIONS (Genesis G70 3.3T Sport 3.3-litre 6-cylinder twin turbo-petrol, 8sp automatic, RWD)

ENGINE
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Capacity: 3.3 litres
Configuration: V6 twin turbo
Maximum Power: 274 kW @ 6000 rpm
Maximum Torque: 510 Nm @ 1300-4500 rpm
Fuel Type: 95 RON (PULP), E10 compatible
Combined Fuel Cycle (ADR 81/02): 10.2L/100km
CO2 Emissions: 238g/km

DRIVELINE:
Eight-speed shift-by-wire automatic, limited-slip differential, rear-wheel drive

DIMENSIONS, WEIGHT AND CAPACITIES:
Length: 4685mm
Wheelbase: 2835mm
Width: 1850mm
Height: 1400mm
Turning Circle: 11.0 metres
Kerb Mass: 1719 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: 60 litres

BRAKES:
Front: Ventilated discs with 4-piston Brembo Monobloc fixed calipers (350 mm x 30 mm)
Rear: Ventilated discs with 2-piston Brembo Monobloc fixed calipers (340 mm x 22 mm)

STANDARD WARRANTY:
5 years / Unlimited kilometres

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2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record

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2024 Lotus Emeya Sets EV Recharge Record

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The all-new 2024 Lotus Emeya, an upcoming electric super-sedan, has set a new benchmark in DC fast-charging technology. With its advanced 402kW peak charging speed, the Emeya can recharge its 102kWh battery from 10% to 80% in just 14 minutes.

Key Highlights:

  • Record-Setting Recharge Speed: The Emeya achieves a 10-80% top-up in just 14 minutes using a 400kW DC charger, maintaining an average charge speed of 331kW.
  • Rapid Range Addition: This translates to approximately 310km of added range in just 10 minutes.
  • Advanced Battery Technology: The Emeya’s cell-to-back battery structure incorporates a cutting-edge cooling system that significantly enhances thermal performance, surpassing many competitors.

Performance and Competition

The Lotus Emeya was tested against several high-profile electric vehicles, including the Mercedes-Benz EQS, BMW i7, Tesla Model Y, Genesis G80, XPeng G9, Hyundai IONIQ 6, Nio ET5, and BYD Atto 3. This testing highlights the Emeya’s superior charging capabilities, narrowing the gap between the time required to recharge an electric vehicle and refuel a conventional combustion-engine vehicle. However, it’s worth noting that recharging the Emeya for a 310km range still takes five times longer than refueling a combustion engine car like the Porsche Panamera, which takes about two minutes.

Among its competitors, the XPeng G9 was the closest, achieving a peak charge rate of 320kW but averaging around 233kW as it approached 80% capacity.

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

2024 Lotus Emeya Interior

Power and Speed

Designed to compete with the fastest electric vehicles on the market, particularly the Porsche Taycan, the flagship Lotus Emeya boasts impressive performance specs:

  • Acceleration: 0-100km/h in a claimed 2.8 seconds, matching the Porsche Taycan Turbo S.
  • Top Speed: 256km/h.
  • Powertrain: Dual-motor setup delivering 675kW and 985Nm.
  • Transmission: Two-speed system for optimised performance.

Official Statements

Lotus Group CEO Qingfeng Feng emphasised the breakthrough in charging technology, stating, “With our industry-leading charging technology available today, Emeya pushes the boundaries for how an EV performs, providing drivers with the confidence to travel anywhere. We’re bringing an unrivalled driving experience in the ultimate grand tourer package, so drivers want to go electric.”

Launch and Availability

Customer deliveries have already begun in China, with the Lotus Emeya set to launch in right-hand drive markets, including Australia, in the second half of this year.

The 2024 Lotus Emeya not only sets a new standard for fast-charging electric vehicles but also promises exceptional performance and driving experience, making it a strong contender in the luxury EV market.

 

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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000

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2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Pricing and Specifications: Base Price Increases by Nearly $10,000

 

By Jeff Gibbs

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seater now comes exclusively as a hybrid and is significantly better equipped, resulting in a base price increase of $9,450 compared to the previous V6 model.

Key Points:

  • Pricing and Specifications for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe
  • Hybrid-Only Model Available in Three Variants
  • Expanded List of Standard Features
  • Starting Price at $55,500 Before On-Road Costs

The entry-level price for the 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe seven-seat SUV has jumped by nearly $10,000 for this larger, better-equipped, hybrid-only model, set to arrive in showrooms soon.

New Hybrid Powertrain and Design

The 2024 Santa Fe will be available in Australia solely as a 1.6-litre turbo-petrol hybrid, offering both front- and all-wheel drive options. The redesigned model features a larger, boxier body and includes more advanced equipment and technology. While a petrol-only 2.5-litre turbo variant may be added later to replace the previous V6, the diesel option has been completely discontinued for this new generation, according to Hyundai Australia’s latest information.

Price Increase Details

The starting price has risen to $55,500 plus on-road costs from the previous $46,050 plus on-road costs for the base petrol V6 model. The lineup now includes three models: an unnamed base grade, the Elite, and the Calligraphy, which replaces the Highlander.

  • Base Model (AWD): Priced at $58,500, this is $8,950 more than the previous entry-level all-wheel-drive version, which used a 2.2-litre turbo-diesel engine. It is only $210 more than the entry-level Toyota Kluger Hybrid.
  • Elite Model: The hybrid AWD Elite is now $65,000, marking a $2,000 increase over its predecessor, which was the most affordable hybrid in the previous Santa Fe range.
  • Calligraphy Model: Prices for the Calligraphy variant range from $75,000 for the seven-seat version to $75,500 for the six-seat version, an increase of $5,450 to $5,950 depending on the configuration.
2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Interior

Enhanced Features

The significant price increases are justified by a longer list of standard features. These include 20-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, dual 12.3-inch interior screens, dual-zone climate control, and a power-adjustable driver’s seat, all standard across the range. Many of these features were previously limited to the higher-priced Active and Elite versions of the Santa Fe.

Advanced Technology and Safety

Top-tier models now come with advanced technology such as semi-autonomous Highway Driving Assist, which can centre the car in its lane and assist with lane changes.

Performance and Efficiency

All variants are powered by a 1.6-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine paired with an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack, delivering a combined output of 172kW and 376Nm (an increase of 3kW and 26Nm from the previous hybrid). This powertrain is coupled with a six-speed automatic transmission, available in both AWD and, for the first time in Australia, FWD configurations.

Hyundai Australia claims a fuel consumption rate of 5.6L/100km, although it is not specified whether this applies to the FWD or AWD models. Despite the new model being approximately 250kg heavier than its predecessor, this figure is more efficient than the 6.0L/100km claimed by the outgoing Santa Fe Hybrid AWD and matches the efficiency of the Kluger Hybrid.

2024 Hyundai Santa Fe Prices in Australia:

  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat front-wheel drive: $55,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid seven-seat all-wheel drive: $58,500
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Elite seven-seat all-wheel drive: $65,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy seven-seat all-wheel drive: $75,000
  • Santa Fe Hybrid Calligraphy six-seat all-wheel drive: $75,500

The 2024 Hyundai Santa Fe offers a notable advancement in hybrid technology, design, and features, albeit at a higher cost. Potential buyers will need to consider the improved capabilities and efficiency against the significant price increase.

 

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

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Nissan Keeps All Options Open for Qashqai SUV: Petrol, Hybrid, and Electric

 

By Jeff Gibbs

Nissan is set to maintain a versatile approach for its Qashqai SUV, continuing to offer petrol, hybrid, and electric powertrains to cater to varying market demands. While the next-generation all-electric Qashqai is on the horizon, Australia is likely to continue with petrol and e-Power options for the time being.

Continued Production of All Powertrains

Nissan’s Sunderland plant in the UK will keep producing the Qashqai for global markets, complemented by production in Dalian, China, for the local market with partner Dongfeng. The Sunderland facility supplies Qashqais to over 100 countries, including Australia. Speaking to Australian media, Nissan’s Senior Vice-President and Chief Planning Officer for the AMIEO (Africa, Middle East, India, Europe, and Oceania) region, Francois Bailly, confirmed that the electric Qashqai will not replace existing models but will be produced concurrently to meet diverse market needs.

Electrification Strategy and Market Adaptation

Bailly emphasized the variability in market readiness for electrification. “The markets around the world are so diverse, there’s a speed of electrification that we could imagine different technologies at the same time in different markets,” he said. However, he did not confirm the all-electric Qashqai for Australia specifically, noting the growing but still relatively low EV market share in the region.

Current and Future Qashqai Offerings in Australia

In Australia, the Qashqai is available with two powertrain options:

  • A 110kW/250Nm 1.3-litre turbo-petrol engine.
  • A 140kW/330Nm e-Power range-extender hybrid, which pairs a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine with an electric motor driving the front wheels.

For emissions-restricted markets like Europe, the Sunderland factory also builds a mild-hybrid version.

The facelifted Qashqai, expected to arrive in Australian showrooms by the end of the year, will likely retain the current powertrain options. It will feature updated exterior styling, improved cabin materials, and a new Google-powered infotainment system, although the latter is yet to be confirmed for Australia.

Investment and Production Plans

To prepare for the new all-electric Qashqai, Nissan has invested an additional £30 million ($AU57.7 million) in the Sunderland plant to accommodate the installation of heavy battery packs and high-voltage components. The Qashqai EV will share the production line with the internal combustion engine and e-Power hybrid versions, as well as the Juke small SUV and the upcoming new-generation Leaf crossover. This strategy allows for a seamless transition from the current Qashqai to the new models, ensuring continuous production of the popular SUV.

In conclusion, Nissan’s multipronged approach with the Qashqai ensures that the SUV remains adaptable to market trends and consumer needs, offering a blend of petrol, hybrid, and electric options. This flexibility positions the Qashqai to effectively meet the demands of diverse global markets, including Australia.

 

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