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2020 Lincoln Aviator includes company’s first pothole preview technology

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is using technology to keep the ride smooth for passengers.

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The dips and bends of daily driving can make or break the ride experience. Lincoln is aiming to provide a luxurious journey in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator.

The automaker's new adaptive suspension technology uses 12 sensors to monitor the Aviator's motion, body movement, steering, acceleration and braking activities. It reads the road at 500 times per second and can adjust the vehicle up to 100 times per second.

"The system in Aviator is so advanced that its sensors speed-read the road ahead and adjust the system faster than a blink of an eye, with more than 23,000 inputs of data per second," said David Russell, vehicle dynamics technical specialist, Lincoln Motor Company.

All-New Lincoln Aviator: Air Glide Suspension and Adaptive Suspension with Road Preview | Lincoln www.youtube.com

How does it work? The system senses when a wheel is dropping and it stiffens the shock absorber to lessen the harshness of the tire strike. Because each wheel has its own controls, they work independently only changing to amount needed for the terrain each wheel will be experiencing.

The company has also developed Road Preview, a technology that "sees" the road ahead and pairs with the Adaptive Suspension via the SUV's forward-facing camera. That camera reads the surface 50 feet ahead and can spot speed bumps, frost heaves, and additional height deviations between two and eight inches.

The 2020 Lincoln Aviator is now on sale. It start at $51,100 and when fully equipped sits at right around $90,000. All models are assessed a $1,095 destination and delivery fee.

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Electric vehicles owners in Virginia and Florida will be able to partake in a new, simplified charging scheme.

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Florida and Virginia have joined a growing list of states allowing Electrify America customers to pay by the amount of energy they use to charge their vehicles, similar to the way that Citgo customers pay for gasoline by the gallon. Those two states have been added to Electrify America's new kilowatt-hour (kWh) pricing plan.

The updated pricing structure was established in September 2020 and allows for more transparency with Electrify America customers. It is now available in 25 states and the District of Columbia.

Electrify America charging station Electrify America is in the process of adding charging stations across the U.S. Photo by Getty Images/iStockphoto

"Electrify America has listened to feedback from electric vehicle owners, potential customers, and longtime industry advocates. As a result we have developed a new pricing structure that is fair, consistent, and recognizes the increasing customer demand for kilowatt-hour pricing," said Giovanni Palazzo, president and chief executive officer of Electrify America. "With the new pricing, we deliver a simplified charging experience that shows new and existing customers how easy it is to own an EV."

Florida and Virginia are growing in terms of the electric vehicle charging stations. EV drivers have access to 20 Electrify America charging stations with 96 individual fast chargers in Virginia, and 24 charging stations with 110 individual fast chargers in Florida.

Rates for charging start at $0.31 per kilowatt-hour. Complete pricing information is available at ElectrifyAmerica.com/pricing and on the Electrify America mobile app, which makes charging with the network even easier.

In states where the company operates that aren't in on kWh pricing, Electrify America will continue to offer pricing on a per-minute basis with customers billed for the time spent charging. There are two power levels starting at as low as $0.12 per minute.

Electrify America is committed to expanding its public network of ultra-fast EV chargers. They are planning to either have installed or be in the process of installing 800 total charging stations with approximately 3,500 chargers by December 2021.

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The 2021 Infiniti QX50 has received a few upgrades for the new model year.

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Already in its third model year since its generational redesign, the 2021 Infiniti QX50 gets a number of upgrades including a roster of added standard equipment.

Infiniti will sell the model in five trim levels: Pure, Luxe, Essential, Sensory, and Autograph It has a starting MSRP of $37,750, a $500 price increase over the previous year’s model.

For that price, buyers will now be getting rear seat-mounted side-impact supplemental airbags, automatic collision notification with emergency call, acoustic laminated front side glass, and a Wi-Fi hot spot as standard equipment. The two-row SUV will also be available with a new Mineral Black paint job.

2021 Infiniti QX50 The QX50 remains much the same on the exterior.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The 2021 QX50 Luxe is now available with an Appearance Package that includes elements from the Edition 30 including 20-inch black-painted wheels, black mirror caps, dark chrome accents, black grille mesh, and graphite headliner.

Additionally, the QX50 Essential gets traffic sign recognition technology while the QX50 Sensory now has direct adaptive steering as standard. The QX50 Autograph gets a standard tow package.

Previously, Infiniti charged extra for the Climate Package on the QX50 Sensory. For 2021, that equipment is added as complementary.

The SUV continues to be powered by the company’s 2.0-liter VC-Turbo power plant that delivers 268 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. Front-wheel drive models achieve 25 mpg combined while all-wheel drive QX50s get 25 mpg combined.

Front-wheel drive is standard on the QX50 and all-wheel drive is available. Drivers can choose to operate their model in either Standard, Eco, Sport, or Personal drive model. Steering can be tailored Using Default, Dynamic, or Dynamic+ modes.

2021 Infiniti QX50 The car’s cabin features plush accomodations that befit its price tag.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

Infiniti will also continue to offer all models, except the base Pure grade, with standard ProPilot Assist safety and driver assistance technology. That includes direct adaptive steering and adaptive cruise control technologies.

Active noise cancellation and active sound enhancement technology give the QX50 one of the quietest cabins in its class.

The 2021 Infiniti QX50 is on sale now.

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