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These vehicle debuts have been postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic

The debut of the Infiniti QX55 has been delayed because of the global health event.

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Vehicle sales have come to a near standstill compared to their normal rates. However, the product cycle continues to move. Billions of dollars are tied up in plant retooling, worker training, and supplier materials.

With normal plant activity halted and auto shows cancelled due to the COVID-19 outbreak, product debut and production timelines have shifted. Below are the vehicles that have had their product debuts pushed back due to the pandemic.

Cadillac Lyric

2022 Cadillac Lyric Photo courtesy of Cadillac

The Lyric is Cadillac's new all-electric SUV. It was slated to be shown off in early April ahead of the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS), ushering in the new era of General Motors electric vehicles. Read more about the Lyric here.

Jeep Grand Cherokee

The Jeep Grand Cherokee is ready for a redo. The new model, which was to have debuted in Detroit at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) in June is said to have three rows. The SUV will be built on Alfa Romeo's rear-wheel drive Giorgio platform, which in 2017, was planned to be shared with Dodge and Maserati as well.

Toyota Sienna

The Toyota Sienna was supposed to be unveiled at NYIAS. No new date has been made public for when the new version of America's beloved minivan will debut has been made public. Want to know what to expect from it? Take a close look at the 2020 Toyota Highlander, especially its powertrain options.

Nissan Rogue

As of last week, Nissan is still deciding on plans for the debut of the redesigned Rogue SUV after its NYIAS debut was scrapped. While the outside isn't expected to be drastically different, there will be a complete interior redesign, including a fresh shifter. Nissan's ProPilot Assist driver assistance technology and Safety Shield 360 safety technology will also likely come on the model.

Honda Odyssey

2021 Honda Odyssey

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Honda released a photo of the refreshed 2021 Odyssey before time was called on the NYIAS. The model has gotten the updates it needs to say competitive. Click here to read all about it.

Ram 1500 Rebel TRX

This Ram pickup is designed to be a Ford F-150 Raptor-fighter. It is slated to have impressive off-road prowess and plenty of power. Oh, and a fantastic interior. Rumor has it that this truck was supposed to be unveiled at NAIAS.

Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport

Ford was set to unveil the Bronco and Bronco Sport this spring. Now, the plans have been scuttled, but the thirst for everything Bronco hasn't subsided. The automaker has endured (facilitated?) a series of leaks to keep the models front of mind. Word is that plans still aren't solid on when the veil(s) will be lifted on the models, which were already slated to be in production by now..

Infiniti QX55

2020 Infinit QX55 Photo courtesy of Infiniti

The Infiniti QX55 is the model that the automaker is relying on to spur brand enthusiasm ahead of the redesign of the QX60 and an infusion of electrification into the Infiniti lineup. It was supposed to debut at NYIAS and then go on sale later this year. The small SUV is designed to bring forward the Infiniti FX DNA that grew a legion of brand enthusiasts.

With the NYIAS slated to go on in late August and the Los Angeles Auto Show tipped for late November, it's still possible that some of these debuts will take place on U.S. soil before the end of the year.

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Larger tires headline the upgrades.

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The off-road wars are heating up. This year alone, we've seen the new Ford Bronco, Rivian's R1T electric pickup truck, new off-road models of the Ford Ranger, GMC Canyon, and Chevrolet Silverado, and more rugged versions of the Subaru Outback and Forester. Jeep, already deep in the game, doesn't need to do much to bolster its off-road offering, but the brand is doing just that for 2022. The automaker is offering a new Xtreme Recon Package for the Wrangler Willys SUV, which brings more capability and style to the boxy off-roader.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package The package can be ordered for Wrangler Willys models later this year. Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package

Beyond beefy 35-inch tires tires, the Wrangler Willys with Xtreme Recon Package gets a 1.5-inch factory lift, a 4.56:1 axle ratio, 17-inch wheels and swing gate reinforcement. Jeep says those improvements give the Willys best-in-class approach and departure angles, ground clearance, and water fording capability. Approach angle improves to 47.4 degrees, breakover angle improves to 26.7 degrees, and departure angle jumps to 40.4 degrees. The extra ride height also pushes ground clearance to 12.9 inches and the water fording depth to 33.6 inches.

The package's 35-inch tires make the Willys Jeep's third Wrangler model with hardcore rolling stock. It joins the Wrangler Rubicon and Wrangler Rubicon 392 in the 35-inch club, all of which can be equipped with the tires directly from the factory.

Jeep Wrangler Willys Xtreme Recon Package A factory lift helps improve ground clearance and capability.Jeep

The Xtreme Recon Package can be ordered starting in October and will be available for the Jeep Wrangler Willys with 3.6-liter eTorque engine. The package adds $3,995 to the Wrangler Willys' price tag, which brings the total starting price to $40,930, including a $1,495 destination charge.

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New sports sedan

2022 Infiniti Q50 gets more standard tech

The car sees new tech and interior features for 2022.

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The Infiniti Q50 is an aging but still-stylish sedan that offers value and power, but it hasn't quite kept pace with the crop of more engaging premium European cars. However, it's still worth a look, and to press that point further, Infiniti has updated the car for 2022 with a healthy list of standard features.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Exterior styling has not changed for 2022.Infiniti

Headline updates for the 2022 Q50 are wireless Apple CarPlay and newly standard Bose Performance Series Audio. There's now leather for every trim, but in the ways that count, the car is the same as the one we saw last year, the year before, and so on.

That's not to say that the car is bad. After all, it still offers a 300-horsepower twin-turbo V6 as standard and can be upgraded with a 400-horsepower version of the engine. And, despite its aging exterior styling, it's still a handsome car with smooth, sculpted bodywork. The seven-speed automatic transmission and available all-wheel drive remain in place.

2022 Infiniti Q50 All-wheel drive is available for all models.Infiniti

Pricing for the 2022 Infiniti Q50 starts at $43,125, which includes a $1,025 destination fee. The car gets standard wireless Apple CarPlay, leather upholstery, 18-inch wheels, and Bose Performance Audio. All-wheel drive is available for a $2,000 upcharge.

2022 Infiniti Q50 Wireless Apple CarPlay and Bose audio are standard.Infiniti

The mid-range Q50 Sensory starts at $48,825, and comes with 19-inch wheels, black open-pore wood interior accents, navigation, and an air purifier system. Stepping up to the top Q50 Red Sport 400 will run $56,975, and brings the more powerful V6 engine, semi-aniline leather upholstery, and Dynamic Digital Suspension, which adjusts damping settings depending on road conditions and driving style.

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