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2020 Ford Explorer Will Be Officially Revealed On January 9

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Ford is scheduled to reveal its 2020 Ford Explorer on January 9 at the Ford Field in Detroit. But before that, there will be an offsite unveiling on Thursday, about a week before the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

The new SUV will have an evolutionary look and will ride on a new rear-wheel-drive platform called the CD6 architecture. This platform is being shared with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which was shown last month at the 2019 Los Angeles Auto Show.

There were no confirmations from Ford regarding the Explorer’s powertrains but a leak in August showed the ordering guide that detailed the SUV’s powertrains. The guide said the engine choices would be a 2.3-liter turbo-4, a 3.3-liter V-6, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6. The 3.3-liter V-6 will be available with or without a hybrid system as Ford shifts to more economical setups. The engines are most likely going to be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system will also be available.

The 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 engine has already been tested. This is the same engine being used by the Michigan State Police for testing. This powertrain will make the Explorer the quickest police vehicle in America. For fuel efficiency, Ford plans to offer the hybrid version of the 2020 Explorer to those in patrol duty.

It is the standard Explorer that will make its debut in January but Ford is also planning to release another trim level of the car called the Explorer ST. This variant is the performance-oriented version of the SUV and it will follow in the footsteps of the Edge ST, which was launched this year. The Explorer ST will be edging out the Explorer Sport model in Ford’s bid to revamp its lineup to introduce sportier crossover SUVs.

Source: Autoblog

2020 Jeep Gladiator vs 2019 Ford Ranger

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We’ve seen the US-spec version of the 2019 Ford Ranger at the Detroit Auto Show, marking the first sighting after seven years of absence from the US soil. The Ranger, however, is coming back with a lot of competitions to face, particularly the very able Wrangler-based pickup called the Jeep Gladiator.

Exterior

Ford didn’t change anything with the Ranger from the last time it was seen here seven years ago. It feels old and it didn’t add anything to the game. Jeep, on the other hand, also didn’t try anything radical with the Gladiator. There’s nothing in the design that will surprise or wow you but it’s exactly what a Wrangler-based pickup should look like.

Our bet? The Gladiator.

Interior

The pickup trucks’ interiors will appeal to different sectors. The Ranger’s interior offers comfort and refinement. In fact, we wouldn’t be surprised if Ford somehow uses the same layout in its crossover range. Then, we’ve got a Wrangler-inspired interior for the Gladiator. Forget about inspiration. The Gladiator’s interior looks like an exact copy of the Wrangler, which was a crowd favorite. It may not look as comfortable as the Ranger’s interior but we’re very much sure anyone riding the Gladiator will feel the luxury and pleasure of a well-appointed Jeep.

Our bet? The Gladiator again.

Powertrain

When it is launched, the Gladiator will come with a 3.6-liter V-6 engine that makes 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque. It plans to add a 3.0-liter turbodiesel V-6 that produces 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque. A six-speed manual transmission will come standard while an eight-speed automatic is optional.

For its part, the Ranger comes with a single option: a 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder that’s good for 270 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The only transmission this engine will be paired with is a 10-speed automatic.

Our bet? The Gladiator once more.

Honorable Mentions

Jeep added 31 inches to the Wrangler’s unlimited frame, giving the Gladiator a five-foot bed. With the tailgate down, that’s enough for some off-road activities with your dirt bikes. The Ranger’s bed, however, matches the Gladiator with five feet but Ford offers a six-foot option for buyers who need the additional space. In this regard, Ford wins, hands down.

4 Things You Should Know About The New Ford Bronco

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Everyone’s excited about the upcoming 2020 Ford Bronco. It took Ford nearly a quarter of a century to come up with a new-generation Bronco and we are eagerly awaiting what’s in store for us. So far, we’ve heard rumors and saw a teaser picture.

The Bronco has always been a cool vehicle though it took OJ Simpson to bring it to a whole new level of iconic. Now that the all-new Bronco is about to arrive, we are sure of two things only: this will be a staple of American off-roading culture and the Jeep Wrangler Unlimited will finally have a competition.

1. It will use the same architecture of the Ranger.

Ford will use a short wheelbase version of the T6 platform. This will allow them to create and develop a vehicle that will be perfect in any market. The T6 architecture can be found in the Ranger, the Everest, and the Troller. It is a body-on-frame type of architecture that can support a number of different body styles with the same wheelbase underneath. The chassis of the T6 is also the perfect size for the new Bronco, which in size, will fall somewhere between the Explorer and the Expedition.

2. It might have a three-door off-roader version.

There were many rumors in the past that the new Bronco is going to be like other conventional SUVs—a five-door vehicle with a spare tire that clings on the back door. But one of the recently released teaser photos hinted that it will be a three-door off-roader. The nod to the classic is not lost on us and we’re a sucker for the traditional.

3. It will be available in 2020.

That’s two more years of waiting before we can get our hands on the new Bronco. The 2019 Detroit Auto Show should be where the Bronco will be unveiled so watch out for that next year. The 2020 Bronco will have an estimated starting price of $35,000 while the top-of-the-line variants will be in the near $50,000.

4. It will be made in the USA.

Ford is very proud of the fact that the Bronco will be 100-percent USA. It will be assembled at the Michigan Assembly Plant next to the new Ford Ranger. Ford has already readied the facility, pouring in a staggering $850 million to retool the plant for the production of the new vehicle.

Why The US Won’t Get A 2019 Ford Focus ST

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The Ford Focus ST hot hatch is scheduled for a reveal very soon and Ford engineers have been testing the car round the clock. Motor Authority managed to get some snaps of the new car and we can only say that it will be a refreshing improvement from the current model, which is already one of the best cars in the segment.

Back in April, Ford unveiled a new generation of its ever-popular Focus. The US should’ve gotten at least one variant of the compact car, a soft-roader called the Focus Active that will be manufactured in China. But thanks to new tariffs imposed on Chinese-made vehicles, Ford dropped the plans and we’re left wondering if we’ll ever see the new Focus variants.

Ford decided to forego the plan for another reason: the shift toward SUVs, pickup trucks, and commercial vans in North America is permanent. The Mustang will be the only “sedan” that will be on sale in the US beyond 2020.

Ford will use its next-generation front-wheel-drive platform for the new Focus. The torsional rigidity of the new cars will be up by 20 percent compared to the outgoing model, which means that the new ST variant will provide a better ride and handling for its drivers.

In the cabin, the all-new Focus will get a colored touchscreen at the top of the dash and Ford’s Co-Pilot360 suite of electronic driver aids. There will be some extra special features for the ST such as the Recaro front seats, ST badging, and additional performance options for the driving modes selector.

The rumor is that the Focus ST will come with a 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4, the same one that is found in the outgoing Focus RS. That engine can be tuned to produce 370 horsepower. In the new ST, that will be downgraded to 252 horses since the engine will be paired with a front-wheel-drive system. The transmission is expected to be a six-speed manual.

Ford GT Production Limit Increased to 1,350 Units

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The initial plan for the Ford GT is that it will only be available in 1,000 samples. That’s to keep the exclusivity of the supercar in check. However, Ford Motor Company recently announced that they are expanding the production line of the GT to 1,350 cars. The giant American automaker also said that they will be rolling out the product from their plants until 2022.

With that, the company is taking more applications from the interested buyers of the GT starting November 8, 2018. Interested parties can submit their applications to FordGT.com. The books will only be open for a month though.

Based on reports, there was a total of 6,500 applications for the Ford GT. The company initially approved 500 buyers, but the numbers went up to 750 later.

To date, 90 buyers have been dropped from the list because Ford declined the deliveries in certain foreign markets. The expansion of the build slots only means that Ford can only approve 690 buyers from the new applications.

The company announced too that those who previously applied for the purchase of the Ford GT will get a chance to confirm or modify their applications.

Ford stated that they will contact the approved buyers in the first quarter of 2019. After that, the deliveries of the units will be made between 2020 and 2022. The owners will get to work with the Ford GT Concierge Service for the design of their supercars, and they can also put some of the vehicle’s optional features if they wish to do so.

“By extending the Ford GT production run for a limited period, we’re able to maintain the exclusivity of the ultra-desirable supercar while offering the ownership experience to a greater number of customers,” said Herman Salenbauch, director of Ford performance.

Motor Authority reached Lauren Fix, a 2017 Ford GT owner, for a comment, and she disagreed with Salenbauch’s statement.

“I’m not happy because it dilutes the value of the cars,” Fix pointed out. “There’s no changes to it. If they were increasing the horsepower or making a change to what it looks like, that would be different,” she added.

Talks on Ford and Volkswagen Merger Already Happening

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There have been rumors that Ford and Volkswagen have already begun talks about a potential merger. If the two forms a single company, it could become the largest in the automotive industry.

Last June, a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed by both Ford and Volkswagen. The event signaled the start of a strategic partnership between the two giant automakers.

According to Motor1, the agreement between Ford and Volkswagen includes co-developing commercial vehicles and coming up with ways to address the ever-changing demands of customers. However, some analysts suspect that the MoU has laid the foundations of a merger or equity swap between the two manufacturers.

The Detroit Bureau projected that a merger of the two could lead to fruitful results on both sides, especially in filling the weaknesses of each company. The analysis of the agency is that Volkswagen could benefit from the strong position of Ford in the American market, and it could get leverage in the sport utility vehicle and pickup segments of the US market. Meanwhile, Ford could address its weak points in the markets of Europe, Latin America, and China through the strong influence of Volkswagen in the mentioned regions.

The report added that a source said the deal is on a good timing. That’s because Ford CEO Jim Hackett is certainly looking to make a “radical transformation” in the company.

Company insiders have also confirmed that talks between Ford and Volkswagen have commenced. For now, all we have to have to do is wait if the negotiations will yield favorable results for both automakers.

Europe Is Finally Getting The Ford Ranger Raptor

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Ford is making the Ranger Raptor available in Europe by 2019. The announcement was made through the Gamescon video game show as the pickup truck will also make its video game debut in Forza Horizon 4.

Just like its Asian market counterpart, the Ranger Raptor will use a twin-turbocharged 2.0-liter diesel four-cylinder engine that can produce 210 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque. Pairing this engine with a 10-speed automatic transmission, the turbochargers can operate in a sequential pattern with the smaller unit operating at lower revs and the larger unit taking the higher rpm band.

The transmission is programmed in such a way that the driver can override the system anytime via the paddle shifters. The chassis, in particular, has been tuned for off-road performance and it also features Fox shocks with Positive Sensitive Damping.

For better handling, the Ford Ranger Raptor is finished with BF Goodrich all-terrain tires on 17-inch wheels. These come standard with a front skid plate made of high-strength steel. There are six modes that the Ranger Raptor can be driven such as Normal, Sport, Grass/Gravel/Snow, Mud/Sand, Rock, and Baja for high-speed off-road driving.

Inside, the Ranger Raptor will feature Ford’s Sync 3 infotainment system, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and 8.0-inch touchscreen. The seats are now Raptor-specific sports seats that come upholstered in a suede-like material and leather with blue stitching.

The things that distinguish the Ranger Raptor from a regular Ranger are its unique front grille, flared composite front fenders that can accommodate longer suspension travel and oversized tires, side step boards that also prevent rock spray, and air curtains on the front fender for better air flow.

Sadly, we won’t see the Ranger Raptor on the US soil. This model was made specifically for other markets where the F-150 isn’t sold and diesel is more popular.

3 Things That Explain The Hype Behind The Ford Baby Bronco

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In March 2018, Ford revealed its two-year plan to release new models, a majority of which would be SUV crossovers. One of the biggest news is the hybrid version of the F-150 and the revival of the iconic Bronco. But that’s not all because we are hearing reports that there would be a smaller sibling to the Bronco II or the “Baby Bronco.”

Exterior

The rendering of the Baby Bronco showed that it will compete with the Jeep, particularly the Renegade. The first thing that will catch your eye is the boxy shape—from the front fascia down to the rear fascia (though that one isn’t clear yet). There’s a wide grille that runs between the headlamps and the big “Ford” lettering could clearly be seen.

Speaking of headlamps, the units are round and simple but features LED technology. The bumper looks very basic with a simple grille and possibly LED foglamps on each side. Thick cladding can also be seen on the fenders. Other features would be its tall ride height and the rack on the roof.

Interior

It’s difficult to say how the Baby Bronco will look in the inside since Ford plans to reveal it in 2021. That’s a lot of time for the company to introduce a new design language. That being said, the Baby Bronco should be able to give the Renegade a run for its money.

There should be ample seating for five adults. The Renegade has good legroom and headroom rating for the rear-seat passengers at 40.5 inches and 35.1 inches, respectively, so Ford should try to top that off. The company should also match the 45.3 cubic feet trunk of the Renegade.

Drivetrain

The Baby Bronco might have the same engine options as the Escape as it is slated just above the EcoSport. In the US, the Escape is being offered in three four-cylinder gasoline engines that can produce somewhere between 168 horsepower (for the base model) and 245 horsepower (for the top-of-the-line model).

What To Expect From Steeda’s Ford Mustang Bullitt

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The tuner Steeda is known for its affection for the Ford Mustang, and it has become famous when it comes to creating limited and special edition of the car for many clients. For the Mustang Bullitt, the company partnered with Galpin Auto Sports and McQueen Racing to deliver the most amazing version of the auto to date.

Exterior

The stock Ford Mustang Bullitt is cool enough in terms of looks, but the Steeda package adds another level of prestige factor. The Steeda-built Bullitt gets an all-new aerodynamic package that includes a deeper front splitter, side skirts, and rear diffuser. To make it look more exciting, Steeda adds another inch to the tuner’s signature wheels and finished all the additional pieces in Highland Green.

Interior

Moving past the exterior features, the Steeda’s Bullitt is fitted with a multitude of McQueen plaques, Alcantara steering wheel, and leather-covered surfaces all over. Steeda did not give any details about the other changes they did to the Mustang Bullitt, but we’re excited to see more.

Performance

Steeda integrates the Bullitt with a 2.9-liter Whipple supercharger, which leads to the modifications on the rear suspension and axles plus a carbon driveshaft. It also offers optional extras that include four-point roll cage and rear seat delete, Ford performance severe duty IRS half-shaft upgrade, and McQueen racing brake calipers painted in dark charcoal with McQueen accents in green.

You can opt for the stock Bullitt, but if you want the ultimate experience, you can shell out some serious cash on the Steeda-tuned Bullitt. The options for the power output are quite extensive—a 500-horsepower beast or an 800-horsepower Hellcat killer.

The Ford Mustang Bullitt sells for $46,595. The Steeda package costs an additional $20,995. The price is steep but the Steeda package can power the Bullitt by 800 horsepower, so you can compete against the meanest muscle cars on the road.

2019 Ford Ranger Pickup Starts At $25,395

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Following a configuration tool leak last week, Ford officially announced pricing for its 2019 Ford Ranger. The base price is priced a little higher at $25,395 compared to the leak, but it’s just a $300 difference so that should not cause a problem.

The official report from Ford revealed that there would be no regular-cab model available, which may disappoint some customers who are fans of simple trucks. Then again, the Chevy Colorado, the GMC Canyon, the Nissan Frontier, and the Toyota Tacoma are not available with a regular cab either. This decision should not come as a surprise for Ford fans.

The $25,395 price tag was for the entry-level XL with an extended cab and two-wheel drive. The old price is still available, but you will have to get the chassis cab version of the XL SuperCab, which no regular customer would be looking for. The higher trim levels, of course, are priced higher but you’ll get a lot more gorgeous specs and tech features.

Here are all the prices of the trim levels, including the destination charge: $25,395 (XL SuperCab 2WD), $29,555 (XL SuperCab 4WD), $27,615 (XL SuperCrew 2WD), $31,775 (XL SuperCrew 4WD), $29,035 (XLT SuperCab 2WD), $33,035 (XLT SuperCab 4WD), $31,210 (XLT SuperCrew 2WD), $35,210 (XLT SuperCrew 4WD), $33,305 (Lariat SuperCab 2WD), $37,305 (Lariat SuperCab 4WD), $35,480 (Lariat SuperCrew 2WD), and $39,480 (Lariat SuperCrew 4WD).

Among the current crop of small pickup trucks, the Ranger has the highest base price. The Nissan Frontier starts at $19,965, the Colorado at $21,590, the Canyon at $22,095, and the Tacoma at $24,740. All of these come with naturally aspirated four-cylinder engines. The Ranger’s base model comes with a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder, which is the same one in the EcoBoost Mustang and the Focus RS.

For the V6 models, the Ranger is only beaten by the Colorado at $25,345. The Frontier starts at $26,195, the Canyon at $27,630, and the Tacoma at $31,365.

 

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