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Ford Bronco officially slated for July debut

The Ford Bronco debut is finally going happen.

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After being pushed back due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which eventually resulted in the cancellation of the New York International Auto Show, Ford today announced that the world premiere of the new Bronco is set for July.

While an exact date is not yet public, the chance of the timing being pushed back even further is slim since it will be a virtual reveal.

There's still a lot to find out about the Bronco, but there are some concrete things we do know starting with where it will be made - Wayne, Michigan. The SUV will be built alongside the Ford Ranger so it's reasonable to assume that they share many components.

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We also know that the Bronco size and styling will remain true to the original Bronco design, which was conceptualized by Ford's first African-American designer McKinley Thompson Jr. Its boxy shape and upright posture are nearly swoon-worthy on their own.

AutomotiveMap has already heard the Bronco's power plant in action, in person, while riding with the Ford team during the festivities surrounding the SCORE Baja 1000. Reporting indicates that the engine will be paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission like what is found in many Ford vehicles including the F-150, and a seven-speed manual transmission will be available.

Various patents filed with the United States Patent and Trademark Office reveal that some sort of removable top is likely on the Bronco. Will it be a targa? A soft top? Fully removable panels? Only time will tell.

Another thing is for sure. the Bronco will be capable. Ford has been testing the model in a variety of off-roading situations. It tested the power plant and other equipment during last year's SCORE Baja 1000.

The Bronco isn't the only model Ford is introducing this summer. The F-150 is slated to debut on June 25. The Bronco Sport, the SUV that has been dubbed the "Baby Bronco" is likely to be revealed shortly after the Bronco.

The "Baby Bronco" is a model that is slated to be built on the same platform as the Ford Escape. Recently, a leak revealed the Bronco Sport's trim levels, engines, features, and packages. The SUV was also shown in a leaked photo earlier this year.

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Subcompact SUV

Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

Honda

The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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The IIHS may increase the speeds it uses to test advanced driver aids.

Insurance Institute for Highway Safety

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) recently announced that it is considering changing the speeds it uses to test vehicle-to-vehicle front crash prevention systems. The agency currently tests the systems at 12 and 25 mph, but says that the speeds don't accurately represent the types of crashes the safety tech is meant to prevent.

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Automatic emergency braking (AEB) is designed to notify of a possible collision and help respond with automatic application of braking. Just like a human using the brake pedal, it can stop the car, but higher speeds make it difficult to stop in time. The new tests would be conducted at 35 to 45 mph, which is the range where a large number of rear-end crashes occur. As Automotive News noted, an IIHS study showed 43 percent of rear-end crashes occur at speeds of 45 mph or less, so it's important to have a test that shows how well the tech performs at those levels.

A whopping 85 percent of 2022 vehicles earned a "Superior" rating in the current testing regime, so the IIHS will remove it from 2023 testing and Top Safety Pick award evaluations. Their view is that, since the majority of vehicles meet the criteria, it's no longer an accurate way of evaluating performance. In its place, the agency introduced a night test for automatic emergency braking systems that will begin next year.

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