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Let 'Hamilton' star Daveed Diggs help you virtually test drive a 2021 Infiniti QX80

Actor Daveed Diggs accepts the award onstage for Best Performance by an Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical for his work in Hamilton during the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City.

Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions

Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now. Instead of having to leave our homes and head to a dealerships to test drive the 2021 Infiniti QX80, we can have someone do it for us. That someone just so happens to be Tony and Grammy Award-winning actor, artist, activist, writer and producer Daveed Diggs.

The actor, who originated the role of the Marquis de Lafayette in the Broadway hit musical "Hamilton" will be live streaming his experience behind the wheel of the QX80 starting October 13. According to Infiniti, Viewers will have a "driver's seat view" from wherever they are in the world.

Infiniti Live Test Drive Daveed David will showcase the Infiniti QX80 as part of the Infiniti Live Test Drive.Photo courtesy of Infiniti Motors

The expirience is designed to be an "immersive, intimate event" with viewers able to send in questions to Diggs about anything, from projects that he is working on, to the QX80 test drive experience, to life in general.

"Instagram Live offers a more personal, real-time interaction with audiences that's more important now than ever before," Diggs said. "I'm excited to partner with INFINITI on this unique concept that will allow me to connect with fans in a brand-new way."

Diggs currently stars in TNT's "Snowpiercer," Apple's "Central Park," Showtime's "The Good Lord Bird" and will next be seen in Pixar's "Soul". Diggs also co-wrote, produced, and starred in the acclaimed 2018 film "Blindspotting," earning him an Independent Spirit Award nomination. The film will become a Starz spinoff series that Diggs is co-writing and executive producing. Meanwhile, his lauded rap group, Clipping, will release their latest LP on Oct. 23.

"At INFINITI, we believe that luxury should be lived in, and this Live Test Drive is a great example of that philosophy," said INFINITI Americas Group Vice President Jeff Pope. "Daveed's multi-faceted yet relatable personality is an ideal match for this first-of-its-kind Instagram Live from INFINITI. We hope to connect with more consumers than ever, before our Winter Sales Event begins, thanks to this effort."

While INFINITI can't offer up Daveed Diggs for actual test drives at its retailer, the company's Infiniti Now program provides a new way for people to shop for a car on their terms – scheduling test drives online and having test drive vehicles delivered by participating retailers.

More information on how to join the Luxury Live Test Drive with Daveed Diggs can be found here.

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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Owners of 2020 and 2021 model year Infiniti vehicles will be eligible.

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Apple CarPlay is a great feature that can add maps, streaming audio, and voice controls to even base model vehicles that would otherwise lack such technology. It also offers a standardized interface that works similarly to a smartphone's built-in software, so there's no confusion about how to operate the system. Until recently, users had to have their phones physically tethered to the vehicle with a wired connection, but many automakers have begun offering wireless connectivity. Infiniti is one of them, but in an unusual step, the company says that it will upgrade older model year vehicles with the technology at no cost.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay The upgrades will be free for owners.Infiniti

This means that if you own a 2020 or 2021 Q50, Q60, QX50, or QX80, you are eligible for the upgrade. Wireless Apple CarPlay became available for Infiniti vehicles starting with the 2022 model year, so it's a new feature for the automaker. The first model to support the feature was the 2022 QX55 and the new 2022 QX80 will offer the tech with its 12.3-inch touchscreen system. The 2022 Q50 and Q60 will both leave the factory with the feature, as will the upcoming QX60.

It's unclear how or if the upgrade will affect other vehicle systems, but it's a worthy move for anyone who owns a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti vehicle, if only to boost resale value down the road. Cars such as the 2021 Q50 came standard with a dual-screen infotainment system and wired Apple CarPlay, so the ability to go wireless would be a big bonus for some drivers.

Infiniti Wireless Apple CarPlay Owners have until March 31, 2022 to complete the upgrade.Infiniti

If you own a 2020 or 2021 Infiniti model, you have until March 31, 2022, to complete the upgrade. Infiniti says its dealers will perform the update at no cost to owners, so make your appointments now. The automaker has not announced plans to offer wireless Android Auto.

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