The Friday Five:The Genesis G90 Redesign, BMW M1 Successor, and Ford Maverick Hybrid Sell Out Edition

Beverly Braga | Dec 03, 2021

This week, the year-end rush is on. Head to our Shopping Guides section to read up on 2022 model-year changes for BMWFordHondaLexusLincolnMiniRam, and Volkswagen lineups. There’s also been a glut of other news as we cover pricing updates on the 2022 Mazda3 and a pair for performance-tuned Hyundais with the Elantra N and Kona N. On the reviews side, we shake down the new Volkswagen Jetta and compare popular minivans the Honda Odyssey and Toyota Sienna. Ever want to know what Subaru Starlink is? We’ve got you covered on that, too.

Looking ahead, the redesigned 2023 Kia Niro makes its debut, Nissan unveils its EV future (along with striking concept cars), and a recent J.D. Power study details how consumer interest in an autonomous future has grown.

But that’s not everything that was happening in the automotive space.

Genesis G90: 2023 Redesign Coming Soon

2023 Genesis G90 Teaser White Front Quarter View

The model that launched the Genesis brand finally gets a makeover. Genesis became a standalone premium off-shoot of mass-market Hyundai in 2015 with the G90. Although refreshed for 2018, the 2023 Genesis G90 will be all-new. The South Korean automaker is keeping most details of the full-size sedan close to the vest. However, in the released exterior-only teaser images, one thing is certain: the G90 is elegance, elevated.

Worthy of brands with six-figure price tags (which Genesis is not—whew), the redesigned G90 comes off as luxuriously demure, but its large, brazenly spoked wheels suggest athleticism. The 2023 Genesis G90 is expected to go on sale sometime next year.

Electric BMW SUV Gets the M Treatment

While Genesis is opting for subtle sexiness, BMW is, well, out-BMWing itself with its just-unveiled Concept XM. Some noteworthy firsts to point out, though. Not based on a current model, the BMW Concept XM is the first standalone M vehicle since the M1 supercar of the ‘80s. A plug-in hybrid (PHEV), it’s also the first electrified BMW M car. Its diamond-quilted velvet-upholstered rear seats (yowza) are likely a first-ever, too.

Now, as if BMW didn’t think its current design language was bold enough, the Concept XM features even larger kidney grilles paired with LED squints for headlights. And yet, unlike its high-sensory interior, the Concept XM has a face anyone’s mother could love. Well, a lot of moms, anyway.

Everyone can appreciate a powertrain that produces 750 horsepower and 737 pound-feet of torque, which makes the BMW Concept XM the most powerful M production car—ever. Considered production-ready, the XM will start production in late 2022.

2022 Mazda CX-5 Price Announced

The refreshed Mazda CX-5 gets a price bump in all the right places and for all the right reasons. The base MSRP jumps by $530 to start at $25,900 (excluding destination). But when considering that all-wheel drive (AWD) is now standard, compared to last year’s starter AWD model, the CX-5 is actually $770 cheaper. On the high-end, the compact crossover sees a $1,245 increase to top out at $38,650. Destination is up as well, now $1,225 compared to $1,100 for 2021 models.

The 2022 Mazda CX-5 also sees its trim levels renamed and resorted. Sport, Touring, Carbon Edition, and Grand Touring are replaced with S and Turbo, plus their sub-variants. For simplification, S models feature the base 2.5-liter 4-cylinder engine, which produces 187 hp and 186 pound-feet. The CX-5 Turbo is outfitted with a turbocharged version that offers 256 hp and 320 pound-feet. That’s a 6-hp increase, but only if using 93-octane fuel. Pumped with regular and the horsepower and torque are unchanged at 227 and 310, respectively.

2022 Ford Maverick Hybrid Sold Out Until Next Summer

Is the Ford Maverick Hybrid available? If you waited until today to put an order in, the answer is no. Ford has confirmed that reservations are now closed for the hybrid variant, with order books scheduled to reopen next summer for the 2023 model.

Before you grumble, though, lest you not forget that that Maverick Hybrid is the base model engine. The potent 2.0-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder remains available and should be the choice for buyers needing more power (250 turbo horses versus 191 hybrid ones) and more capability (up to 4,000 pounds of towing capacity versus the hybrid’s 2,000 pounds).

All-Electric, More Premium Jaguar Lineup for 2025

In February, Jaguar unveiled a new global strategy that would focus on net-zero carbon emissions and sustainability. Basically, when will Jaguar go all-electric? The Jaguar “Reimagine” plan outlines that answer, plotting a course for an EV-only lineup starting in 2025 and being a carbon-neutral company by 2039. In the meantime, the current lineup will continue essentially as-is. There are no significant updates or revisions—what you see is what they’ve got. While the move is integral for future business, with the need to focus budget and R&D on developing from-the-ground-up all-new vehicles, from a money-making standpoint, an aging Jaguar lineup will be a tough sell.

The automakers are the sources of information for this article. It was accurate on December 3, 2021, but it may have changed since that date.

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