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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.

2021 Ford Bronco: Production Powertrain Isolated Sound // Baja 1000 Bronco R Cockpit Off-Roading www.youtube.com

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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Limited-edition pickup truck

Ford offering limited edition colors for 2022 Ranger Splash

The Ranger Splash will be offered in three limited-run colors.

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During its time off the market in the United States, the Ford Ranger remained a popular utility vehicle in global markets. In other markets, the truck is offered in unique special editions, such as the Ranger Raptor and Ranger Storm, but the options in the U.S. are limited. Last year, Ford announced the return of the Ranger Splash, a funky version of the truck that roamed the streets in the 1990s. Today, the automaker outlined another Splash edition, this time to be produced in limited quantities with special color options.

Ford will offer three colors for the new Ranger Splash Limited Edition: Snow Edition, Forest Edition, and Sand Edition. The colors will roll out one at a time "every few months," according to Ford, and the package will add $1,495 to the Ranger's price tag.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The Snow Edition is based on the Lariat trim, but the other two are based on the lower XLT model.Ford

The Lariat Ranger Splash Snow Edition features a gray paint color with black exterior trim and a unique grille design. Inside, the truck carries ebony leather upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon touches. Ford says it will produces just 750 Splash Snow Edition trucks, with availability starting in spring.

The XLT Ranger Splash Forest Edition (pictured above) comes with Forged Green exterior paint and red grille accents. The interior offers black cloth upholstery with ash gray accent stitching and carbon accents. Just 500 Forest Edition vehicles will be produced, with availability starting in summer.

Ranger Splash Limited Edition The colors will roll out every few months in 2022. Ford

The third and final truck in the series is the XLT Ranger Splash Sand Edition. It gets Desert Sand exterior paint, dark exterior accents and red grill "nostrils." It also gets black cloth upholstery with ash gray stitching and carbon accents. The Sand Edition will debut in fall with a run of only 500 trucks.

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New full-size pickup truck

Toyota announces luxurious Tundra Capstone

The Capstone is a luxurious new trim for the 2022 Tundra.

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The Toyota Tundra got a much-needed overhaul for the 2022 model year, after well over a decade on sale unchanged. The new trucks are more powerful, more efficient, and much more tech-forward than than their predecessors. One area Toyota needed to improve was the Tundra's luxury factor, which has never been as strong as high-end trucks from the Americans. The enormous Japanese automaker just announced a new model that should help it catch up. The Tundra Capstone will hit dealers' lots in spring with premium finishes and features, inside and out.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone features exclusive styling and luxury features. Toyota

Toyota notes that the Capstone truck is just as capable as its less posh counterparts. It comes standard with the Tundra's new I-Force Max hybrid powertrain that makes 437 horsepower and 583 pound-feet of torque. Paired with a ten-speed automatic transmission, the combined powertrain is good for a max towing capacity of 10,340 pounds. The hybrid system can provide greater power and torque during towing, but better efficiency when cruising around town.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone Acoustic glass is a first for the Tundra, and gives the Capstone a quiet cabin.Toyota

The Capstone's cabin is where the real magic happens. The truck invites passengers with a standard automatic running boards, and the perforated leather upholstery comes in and exclusive black/white combination. There are real open-pore dark American walnut wood accents throughout the cabin, and a panoramic moonroof comes standard. The Capstone is the only Tundra model to get acoustic glass on the front doors for a quieter cabin.

2022 Toyota Tundra Capstone The Capstone comes with upscale, unique interior finishes, including two-tone leather upholstery.Toyota

A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster and 10-inch head-up display are standard. The gauge cluster can be configured to show various functions beyond speed and engine revs. A 14-inch touchscreen is standard that runs wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Toyota's infotainment systems haven't been the most responsive or easy to use, but the automaker's new interface is intuitive, responsive, and powerful. Over-the-air updates can improve functions and add new ones over time, and cloud-based apps update traffic and other information in real time.

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