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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 LyricPhoto 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 QX55Photo 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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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The Supra finally gets a manual transmission for 2023.

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After an almost nonstop chorus of enthusiasts and journalists asking for a manual transmission in the new Supra, Toyota has gone and done it. The car will get an available six-speed manual transmission that will be available on both variants of the GR Supra 3.0, plus a limited-edition model on the U.S. market next year.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTToyota had to modify the car's interior for the new gearbox. Toyota

The A91-MT Edition Supra will be limited to 500 units, and gets two exterior colors with an exclusive Cognac leather interior. All 2023 Supras come with a 3.0-liter straight-six engine that makes 382 horsepower and 367 pound-feet of torque. Toyota says the six-speed manual has been specially tuned to work with the car's engine, and notes that it modified an existing transmission housing to come up with the design. The gearbox's final drive ratio is shortened to improve response and take-off.

Toyota had to modify the car's interior to accommodate a gearshift lever, so the iDrive controller and other buttons had to be relocated. The automaker says that it focused on the feeling of shifting, from the weight of the knob to the ergonomics and location of the component.

2023 Toyota Supra 3.0 MTThe limited-edition A91-MT trim gets an exclusive cognac leather interior.Toyota

A Supra with a manual gearbox is reason to celebrate, but availability is limited to the top Supra 3.0. The "base" Supra 2.0 won't get the transmission. Toyota says pricing and other information will be available later this year.

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