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New Two-Door Ford Bronco Looks to Challenge the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon

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Ford is looking to challenge the off-road superiority of the Jeep Wrangler Rubicon. Fueling this rumor are the new spy photos of the two-door Ford Bronco on the dirt.

Ford already released a teaser video of the new Ford Bronco. It shows the auto traversing the desert, and together with it is a statement that the vehicle will make its world premiere in the spring of 2020.

Previously, we have seen a four-door model of the Bronco. Then recently, Road and Track released a new set of photos of its two-door version equipped with all-terrain tires. These shut down any doubts that its maker is taking a jab at the Wrangler, which comes in four-door and two-door configurations.

Although it is questionable as to whether or not the Bronco has what it takes to dethrone the Wrangler, it will certainly get a chunk of the slice that its competitor is currently enjoying in the off-road compact SUV segment of the market.

The two-door Bronco is heavily-clad in camouflage but its stance suggests that it will likely get the same platform used by the Ford Ranger pickup. Meanwhile, its front grille will possibly adopt the styling of the Bronco R Baja racer.

The two-door Bronco seems to be hiding a removable top similar to the Wrangler as well. With that, it might also feature removable doors.

Though Ford is tight-lipped about the powertrain of the upcoming Bronco, it is expected to offer the same mechanical specs as the Ranger due to their similar platforms.

Is BMW Going Back to Formula One?

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Jens Marquardt, Motorsport Director of BMW, has shut down rumors that they are returning to Formula One. He pointed out that the current technology being adopted in the sporting organization has no use in the development of the luxury car brand’s new vehicles.

BMW has participated in F1 since 1952. Its first outing was at the German Grand Prix. The last entry of the brand was in 2009 under the BMW Sauber team that raced its last under that season’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. When asked if they are considering going back to the organization, Marquardt believes that the V6 Turbo Hybrid engine being used there has absolutely nothing to do with the marque’s series production cars at present.

“The V6 Turbo Hybrid is an engine that has absolutely nothing to do with what we do in series production,” Marquardt stated during an interview with Auto Bild.

“From an engineering perspective, I have to say: hats off to what they do in Formula One, but the technology has no relevance for the road,” he added.

Instead of F1, BMW is now focusing on its entry in Formula E. Under its BMW i Andretti Motorsport team, the brand has won two of the three races it has participated in so far during the 2019-2020 season. Marquardt said that the engineers of the BMW i electric cars are benefitting a lot from the technological insights provided by Formula E.

Check Out the New Harley-Davidson Pickup Truck

There’s a new Harley-Davidson pickup truck this year. However, it no longer carries the Ford badge. The vehicle is now reborn as the new 2020 Harley-Davidson GMC Sierra.

Like its predecessors from Ford, which uses the F-150 model as a base, the Harley-Davidson pickup is assembled by Tuscany Motor Co. It is made in partnership with GMC and Harley-Davidson.

Exterior

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The truck uses the Sierra 150 SLT trim as a platform then it imbues some of the signature biker features of a Harley-Davidson big bike inside and out. The exterior of the auto takes an orange-bordered front grille, orange tow hooks and LED lights below the bumper, large scoop on the hood, and custom exhaust. Harley-Davidson badges can be found on the front, rear and sides of the vehicle. These are topped off with Harley Fat Boy-inspired wheels measuring 22 inches wrapped in 35-inch off-road tires.

Interior

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Going inside the special edition pickup reveals motorcycle-grade leather seats with orange cross-stitching. Meanwhile, the dashboard gets a high-gloss look, and the pedals come from Harley-Davidson bikes. There are also the logos of the motorcycle company in the cabin.

Engine

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The Harley-Davidson pickup keeps Sierra’s 6.2-liter V8 engine. The modified exhaust does not offer additional power to the auto’s 420 hp and 460 lb-ft torque engine, but it does amplify its sound a bit.

Price

The new GMC Harley-Davison Sierra pickup starts at $94,995. The truck is not as common as its Ford F-150 version because it is only limited to 250 units. It is available in Summit White, Satin Steel Metallic, or Onyx Black finishes.

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