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Infiniti spills the tea on the upcoming redesigned 2021 QX60

Infiniti is taking a bold new design step with the redesigned 2021 Infiniti QX60.

Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motor Company

It wasn't an accident. During a presentation about the forthcoming 2020 Infiniti QX55 and an upcoming electrified sedan, Infiniti threw in some detailed information about an SUV that won't be seen publicly for quite a while.

And they didn't say AutomotiveMap can't tell you about it. But, there were also no pictures allowed of what was seen.

The design for the 2021 QX60 all starts with the passenger. Mike Colleran, Vice Chairman and Global Division Vice President, Marketing and Sales Operations, Infiniti, is quick to say that the customer is at the counterpoint of the company's product strategy. This is about more than just the car. It's about, "taking care of the customer all the way through" from initial contact to service and everything in between.

2020 Infiniti QX60 The current QX60 has a rounded look up front. The new edition doesn't, instead featuring more straightforward design.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motor Company

That also means not screwing up the products that are doing well for the company, like the QX60 midsize SUV.

The looks of the 2021 QX60 are more straightforward and muscular than the current model. The design is a true evolution and it fits in nicely with the looks of the QX55 and the QX80. This new model has its grille more upright and headlights that are narrow, with an overall look that may remind folks of the Hyundai Santa Fe. Infiniti used "masculine" when describing the aesthetic.

There are no powertrain details available though given the tenor of the presentation Infiniti was giving, it's likely the QX60 will have some element of electrification coming though the company has said that the model will not be electrified at launch. It will come standard with front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive will be available.

2020 Infiniti QX60 The interior of the 2020 Infiniti QX60 is nice, but starting to show its age. The new edition features much more modern design but retains the elegance Infiniti has become known for.Photo courtesy of Infinit Motor Company

The interior of the 2021 model is wholly different than the 2020 version. The thoroughly modern SUV features USB ports at its seats, a Wi-Fi hot spot, and two 12.1-inch infotainment screens that replace the current entertainment, information, and climate control center stack setup.

Its cabin is outfitted in fine appointments befitting a premium brand, including quilter leather.

Infiniti says that the model will feel wider than its predecessor.

Designers have given the model the ability to come with a two-tone paint job.

At its rear is new signature Infiniti badging with the word "Infiniti" making its way back onto the tailgate of the SUV. During the presentation, the crowd was teased with the possibility that the "I" in the Infiniti badging may be functional and serve as the vehicle's tailgate release.

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The 2022 Lexus ES will debut next week.

Photo courtesy of Lexus

The meat and potatoes of the Lexus sedan lineup, the ES, is due for a refresh, and it will get one. The 2022 Lexus ES will be shown publicly for the first time this Sunday as part of the festivities of the Shanghai auto show.

While the photo doesn't tell a lot, there's some things you can bet on in the 2022 ES. For starters, look for all the improvements that the auto has gotten over the last two years to carry over into the new model. That includes the addition of all-wheel drive to the lineup and standard blind spot monitor and rear cross traffic alert.

The ES Black Line may not make its way to the 2022 version of the midsize sedan. Generally, blacked out editions are available only at the tail end of a model run ahead of a refresh or generational redesign. However, the blacked out elements could become available as part of a package.

The headlight photo that Lexus has offered as a teaser shows a housing that is not dissimilar to the one that the Lexus IS wears. However, the daytime running light is on the bottom here, instead off the top. Like the IS, there are strong hood lines.

At the back, the preview video shows a vehicle that is very similar to the current model. It's taillights, a strong chrome line that runs the width of the year, and rear lip spoiler all look mostly same as before.

As for what to expect underneath the body of the car, there's not a lot of indication from the teasers, which leads one to believe that's where the biggest changes are coming. There's a good chance that we'll finally say goodbye to the Lexus touch pad in favor of a touch screen display that's within a comfortable distance.

It's also likely that Lexus will fine tune the dynamics of the ES in a similar fashion to how the Lexus IS got more performance-focused driving dynamics in its latest redo.

Stay tuned for more specifics are the curtain is pulled back on April 19 in China (April 18 in the U.S.).

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The 2022 Toyota GR 86 is a revised version of the company's punchy sports car.

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The 2022 Subaru BRZ has a new brother! The 2022 Toyota GR 86 has debuted, bringing with it much of the DNA also found in the Subaru, but with distinct Toyota looks inside and out, as well as unique tuning.

Despite sharing the same platform and being designed as part of a joint effort between the two companies, the GR 86 and BRZ have been designed to appeal to different customers. For its part, Toyota says that the GR 86 is "specially designed for sports performance, and provides direct and satisfying driving performance of the highest order". Not that the Subaru isn't.

The Toyota GR 86 and Subaru BRZ is nearly identical.Photo courtesy of Toyota Motor Corporation

As is natural with a co-developed car, the GR 86 and BRZ look extremely similar on the outside. Their noses are slightly different thanks to changed-up grilles (the GR 86 gets a GR-specific Functional MATRIX Grille) and air intakes. Toyota's has splice-like intakes that are reminiscent of what you'll find on the Prius and Avalon. Side sill spoilers help complete the motorsports-influenced look.

The two cars have almost the same dimensions as their predecessors. Their positioning on the road is designed to allow a lower center of gravity and enhance turning performance. This makes the small sports car particularly agile. The car's weight comes in just a smidge under 2,800 pounds.

Its body features aluminum roof panels and fenders. The front seats and mufflers have be redesigned for weight loss. Body rigidity has increased in the new model, which aids in stability on the road, as does the car's MacPherson suspension up front and double-wishbone rear suspension.

The front-engine, rear-wheel drive car shares an engine with the BRZ as well. The new 2.4-liter four-cylinder power plant is an upgrade from the 2.0-liter of old. The engine is capable of 228 horsepower and 184 pound-feet of torque (figures that mirror the Subaru). Its power cuts acceleration off the line to 60 mph down to 6.3 seconds from 7.4 seconds.

2022 Toyota GR 86

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In Japan at least, Toyota will offer the car with either a six-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission. U.S. engine and transmission info has yet to be finalized.

The interior of the BRZ and GR 86 are nearly identical. The biggest change is Toyota's infotainment screen and a 7-inch TFT driver information screen that features a unique GR 86 opening sequence. Photos from the two companies show that Toyota offers orange or red carpeting in their car while Subaru sticks to black.

All GR 86 and BRZ cars come standard with Subar's EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. The system is a suite of safety features that includes adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist, and pre-collision braking and throttle management.

This isn't the last we'll see of the Toyota-Subaru partnership. The companies are committed to remaining allies and deepening their relationship.

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