10 Biggest News Stories of the Week: 2021 Genesis GV80, GMC Yukon Do It

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Hyundai’s luxury spinoff brand has been talking about launching an SUV since the genesis of Genesis. It doesn’t seem like that long ago — the marque’s first model, the full-size G90 sedan, was new in the U.S. for the 2017 model year — but the South Korean automaker put out its upmarket shingle all the way back in 2015, when it had even less name recognition than “Terminator: Genisys.” (It’s been so long, in fact, I just made the last Genesis joke there was to make after all the low-hanging Phil Collins fruit and Old Testament allusions were long depleted … and it wasn’t easy!) Well, Genesis may be late joining SUV-mania, but the spelling of its name isn’t the only thing it got right.

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When the 2021 Genesis GV80 made its long-awaited proper debut at the 2020 Chicago Auto Show, having been teased for years in concept-car form, it immediately endeared itself to reviewers, who strongly considered it for our Best in Show award (it narrowly lost the honor to the crackerjack redesign for 2021 of the GMC Yukon). Not bad for the all-new kid on the block. As a consolation, however, the GV80 still managed to win another popularity contest — among readers. Reviewer Brian Normile’s first impressions of Genesis’ first SUV took first on our top 10 list of the most read articles of the week — not to mention making encore appearances at Nos. 3 and 5 in our full GV80 preview and Chicago Auto Show primer story, respectively.

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Meanwhile, in the No. 2 spot: Frankly, we weren’t convinced the Denali sub-brand could ever live up to its luxurious aspirations, but GMC proved “Yes, Yukon!” with the 2021 redesign of GM’s Chevrolet Tahoe/Cadillac Escalade platform mate. reviewer Aaron Bragman said the elevated Denali trim “is no longer a second-rate alternative to the Escalade. It’s easily as luxurious, but in a different, almost more European-flavored way instead of the unique boldness of the Escalade’s American-styled interior.” You can get Bragman’s full take via the link below.

Rounding out the top five is our aforementioned Best in Show article from the Chicago Auto Show, an accolade you already know went to the Yukon, but be sure to get the specifics on why — along with our reviewers’ rationale on why it was more deserving than the also-awesome GV80.

2021 GMC Yukon 2021 GMC Yukon | photo by Christian Lantry

There’s a lot more Chicago Auto Show coverage bringing up the rear, so be sure to keep reading if you need to catch up. Here are the top 10 news stories readers couldn’t get enough of in the past week:

1. 2021 Genesis GV80: Well Worth the Wait

2. 2021 GMC Yukon: A Denali as Nice as It Should Be

3. 2021 Genesis GV80: About Damn Time

4. 2020 Chicago Auto Show: Best in Show

5. 2020 Chicago Auto Show: 2021 Genesis GV80 and Everything Else We Expect

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