The GV70 will be the second utility vehicle to join the Genesis lineup. It’s smaller than the GV80 and will have a lower base price. PHOTO: GENESIS

The GV70 will be the second utility vehicle to join the Genesis lineup. It’s smaller than the GV80 and will have a lower base price. PHOTO: GENESIS

The Auto Sleuth: A new Genesis, new Land Rover and … an off-road-capable 911?!

Auto news, hot off the press!

The next Genesis arrives in 2021

The new GV70 will join the larger GV80 in the spring as a 2022 model. In The Sleuth’s opinion, this competitor to the BMW X3, Audi Q5 and Infiniti QX50 is easily the best looking of the bunch. From the chain-link-style V-shaped grille to the curved rear end, the GV70 conveys high fashion.

For the U.S. market, a 300-horsepower turbocharged four-cylinder is the base engine, with the GV70 Sport getting a 375-horsepower twin-turbo V-6. This model also gets a distinctive grille plus unique interior and exterior trim, paint and 21-inch wheels. No details are available for the Canadian market, but The Sleuth expects pricing to begin in low-$50,000 territory.

The Porsche 911, pictured, is a sports car, not an off-roader, right? Well, the company just might be working on one. PHOTO: PORSCHE

The Porsche 911, pictured, is a sports car, not an off-roader, right? Well, the company just might be working on one. PHOTO: PORSCHE

Is there an off-road-capable 911 in Porsche’s future?

That’s what The Sleuth believes after viewing images of the iconic sports car undergoing track testing with what appears to be a jacked-up ride height and fender flares. Previously, a company spokesman hinted at building a limited-edition 911 for fans wanting to venture farther afield than the street and/or the track.

Porsche has some experience with off-road models dating back to the mid-1980s when a number of all-wheel-drive 911 Safaris competed in rally-racing events, including the gruelling Paris-Dakar rally, which the car won. There’s no word whether such a specialized 911 will be available, but given the current off-roading craze, a welcome reception would seem virtually assured.

A new Land Rover is nearing completion

Word on the street is that the next generation of Jaguar Land Rover’s flagship utility vehicle is coming for the 2022 model year. This time, the Range Rover will be offered in both regular- and extended-wheelbase (by about six inches) sizes and will be built on a new platform that will also support the next Jaguar XJ sedan.

Range Rover engine choices will consist of a turbocharged 3.0-litre inline six-cylinder with electric-motor assist that will carry forward from the 2020 model. In the base P360, it will produce 355 horsepower and 365 pound-feet of torque. The P400 boosts that to 395/406. An eight-speed automatic transmission will be standard.

Ferrari’s upcoming utility vehicle is well into the development stage

A heavily camouflaged all-wheel-drive Purosangue has been spotted out and about, close to the Italian automaker’s home base near Modena. The new front-engine four-door model (Purosangue is Italian for thoroughbred) is most likely to run with a plug-in hybrid system as the primary power source.

The Sleuth is hearing it will be based on a twin-turbocharged 3.9-litre V-6 and have at least 610 horsepower and 560 pound-feet of torque. When it arrives for the 2023 model year, the Purosangue will have completed a trifecta of Italian luxury utility vehicles that includes the Lamborghini Urus and the Maserati Levante.

The electric Mini Cooper has a range of 110 miles (175 kilometres), but updated or new models will boost that and add some size. PHOTO: MINI

The electric Mini Cooper has a range of 110 miles (175 kilometres), but updated or new models will boost that and add some size. PHOTO: MINI

Mini plans for more electric vehicles

BMW’s small-car subsidiary has one battery-electric vehicle in play: The two-door Mini Cooper SE puts out 181 horsepower and has a range of 175 kilometres (110 miles). For 2022, there are reports that a new SE will boost that distance and will be followed by at least two more similarly powered models. One version will reportedly be about the size of the Countryman wagon, currently the largest Mini in the fleet. Another will be larger than the Countryman, roughly equal in size to the BMW X1 utility vehicle. Tentatively named Traveller, it will offer both battery-electric and plug-in hybrid powertrains. On the gasoline-powered front, the next-generation Mini Cooper is expected to debut sometime in 2023.

UPS AND DOWNS

How about a Ford Bronco with a supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 engine? PHOTO: HENNESSEY

How about a Ford Bronco with a supercharged 5.0-litre V-8 engine? PHOTO: HENNESSEY

Up: A 750-horsepower Ford Bronco

Texas-based Hennessey Performance Engineering has plans to sell a limited run of what it calls the VelociRaptor. All 21 will come with a supercharged version of Ford’s 5.0-litre V-8, replacing the Bronco’s factory twin-turbocharged 2.7-litre V-6. VelociRaptor prices will start at US $225,000.

Up: Kia’s version of the Hummer H1

The automaker’s new all-terrain vehicle, appropriately named the ATV, has been designed primarily for military use and will enter production in Korea for the 2021 model year. Based on the Kia Mojave (similar to the Borrego utility vehicle, which was briefly sold here) the six-passenger ATV is reminiscent of the Hummer H1, but with more style.

– written by Malcom Gunn, Managing Partner at Wheelbase Media

If you’re interested in new or used vehicles, be sure to visit TodaysDrive.com to find your dream car today! Like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram

AutomotivecarsSUVsTrucks

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

An Interior Health nurse administers Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. Photo: Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News
Interior Health opens up vaccine eligibility in Columbia Valley to 18 years or older

Only local residents can register and book appointments as COVID-19 case counts spike in the region

Elvira D’Angelo, 92, waits to receive her COVID-19 vaccination shot at a clinic in Montreal, Sunday, March 7, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
110 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

Provincial health officers announced 1,005 new cases throughout B.C.

The Rec 9 and driving range are open at Bootleg Gap in Kimberley. Full course opens April 30.
Two Kimberley golf courses open for season

Purcell and Bootleg Gap are partially open today, Trickle Creek May 7

Kimberley is developing a policy on short term rentals. Air BnB screenshot.
Kimberley is developing a policy on short term rentals

The City of Kimberley is continuing the process of adopting a strategy… Continue reading

Interior Health nurses administer Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines to seniors and care aids in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Kelowna Capital News)
69 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health

The total number of cases in the region is now at 9,840 since the pandemic began

Vancouver resident Beryl Pye was witness to a “concerning,” spontaneous dance party that spread throughout social groups at Kitsilano Beach on April 16. (Screen grab/Beryl Pye)
VIDEO: Dance party erupts at Vancouver’s Kitsilano Beach to the dismay of onlookers

‘It was a complete disregard for current COVID-19 public health orders,’ says Vancouver resident Beryl Pye

Lord Tweedsmuir’s Tremmel States-Jones jumps a player and the goal line to score a touchdown against the Kelowna Owls in 2019. The face of high school football, along with a majority of other high school sports, could significantly change if a new governance proposal is passed at the B.C. School Sports AGM May 1. (Malin Jordan)
Power struggle: New governance model proposed for B.C. high school sports

Most commissions are against the new model, but B.C. School Sports (BCSS) and its board is in favour

Pall Bearers carrying the coffin of the Duke of Edinburgh, followed by the Prince of Wales, left and Princess Anne, right, into St George’s Chapel for his funeral, at Windsor Castle, in Windsor, England, Saturday April 17, 2021. (Danny Lawson/Pool via AP)
Trudeau announces $200K donation to Duke of Edinburgh award as Prince Philip laid to rest

A tribute to the late prince’s ‘remarkable life and his selfless service,’ the Prime Minister said Saturday

B.C. homeowners are being urged to take steps to prepare for the possibility of a flood by moving equipment and other assets to higher ground. (J.R. Rardon)
‘Entire province faces risk’: B.C. citizens urged to prepare for above-average spring flooding

Larger-than-normal melting snowpack poses a threat to the province as warmer weather touches down

Vancouver-based Doubleview Gold Corp. is developing claims in an area north of Telegraph Creek that occupies an important place in Tahltan oral histories, said Chad Norman Day, president of the Tahltan Central Government. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO)
B.C. Indigenous nation opposes mineral exploration in culturally sensitive area

There’s “no way” the Tahltan would ever support a mine there, says Chad Norman Day, president of its central government

Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good
Join Black Press Media and Do Some Good

Pay it Forward program supports local businesses in their community giving

Stz’uminus Elder George Harris, Ladysmith Mayor Aaron Stone, and Stz’uminus Chief Roxanne Harris opened the ceremony. (Cole Schisler photo)
Symbolic red dresses rehung along B.C. highway after vandals tore them down

Leaders from Stz’uminus First Nation and the Town of Ladysmith hung new dresses on Sat. April 17

A Western toadlet crosses the centre line of Elk View Road in Chilliwack on Aug. 26, 2010. A tunnel underneath the road has since been installed to help them migrate cross the road. Saturday, April 24 is Save the Frogs Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Progress File)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of April 18 to 24

Save the Frogs Day, Love Your Thighs Day and Scream Day are all coming up this week

Local carpenter Tyler Bohn embarked on a quest to create the East Sooke Treehouse, after seeing people build similar structures on a Discovery Channel show. (East Sooke Treehouse Facebook photo)
PHOTOS: B.C. carpenter builds fort inspired by TV’s ‘Treehouse Masters’

The whimsical structure features a wooden walking path, a loft, kitchen – and is now listed on Airbnb

Most Read