2021 Genesis GV80 vs. 2021 Mercedes-Benz GLE

  • The Genesis GV80 aims to dethrone the Mercedes GLE for luxury SUV dominance.
  • The GV80’s value statement squares off against the GLE’s powertrain supremacy.

The 2021 Genesis GV80 is the new kid on the luxury SUV block, but it wasn’t so long ago that another (sorta) new crossover captured our imagination. The Mercedes-Benz GLE has been on the scene for a while, but the fully redesigned version that debuted last year defined what a high-tech ute should be. So, how does the freshman from Korea compare against the GLE in its sophomore year?

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Performance and Fuel Economy

The GV80 comes standard with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower on tap, and midlevel trims upgrade to a turbocharged V6 pumping out 375 hp. We haven’t brought a GV80 to our test

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Electric crossover SUV coming shortly

Kia is working on its first electric vehicle based on a new dedicated EV platform.

A prototype for the new model code-named the CV has been spotted testing in Europe. It is in the form of a compact crossover SUV, and according to our photographer Kia engineers had a Tesla Model 3 and Jaguar I-Pace on hand for benchmarking.

The new EV is being developed alongside sister models from Hyundai and Genesis. The Hyundai was previewed by 2019’s 45 concept and is confirmed to be arriving next year as the Ioniq 5. It’s possible the Genesis version will be badged an eGV60.

Imagine by Kia concept

The Imagine by Kia concept from 2019 served as a preview for the CV. It was described as a commuter car that combines elements of an SUV, a sedan and even a sporty coupe, and that’s generally what we see here on the

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What, Exactly, Is an EarthCruiser?

What is an EarthCruiser? It might sound like a generic term, but “EarthCruiser” isn’t just one thing; it’s a brand with an entire portfolio of purpose-built rigs designed to be the benchmark for overlanding. Each model is suited for those looking to raise their overlanding game incrementally, and is built by a company founded in Australia in 2008. It moved to Bend, Oregon, in 2013, where U.S.-market vehicles are manufactured. Despite the company’s hop across the Pacific Ocean, Aussies and New Zealanders still get vehicles from EarthCruiser’s Sydney-adjacent facility.

We picked out a couple of our favorite models, listed below, that show the breadth and capability of EarthCruiser’s lineup, which ranges from plug-and-play truck-bed campers to purpose-built rigs that reach well into the realm of six-figure price tags. For more on EarthCruiser’s history and its founder Lance Gillies, check out our feature here.

EarthCruiser EXP

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