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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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The Torsus Terrastorm will provide off-roadinng capability in a short bus format.

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Torsus made headlines earlier this year when it unveiled the world's first heavy-duty 4x4 bus. The Praetorian is a modern engineering marvel - made to go pretty much anywhere and take a group of people with it. Now, the company is expanding their roster with a new model.

The Torsus Terrastorm is a heavy-duty off-road capable 4x4 short bus.

2021 Torsus Terrastorm The Terrastorm takes the notion of a traditional short bus up a notch.Photo courtesy of Torsus

"At Torsus, we are breaking new ground by designing, developing and manufacturing the world's toughest off-road buses," said Vakhtang Dzhukashvili, founder and CEO of Torsus. "In the all-new Terrastorm we signal our ambition to set new standards in the heavy-duty 4x4 minibus market across some of the toughest industries known to man. We built Torsus to be a trailblazer and redefine the way people think about commercial vehicles, and the Torsus Terrastorm is the next step on our journey to make this reality."

It's built on a Volkswagen Crafter 4Motion chassis that has been upgraded to feature a more robust suspension.

Torsus says that new EURO VI (diesel) engines replace the van's traditional 2.0-liter TDI engine. Torsus has shoed the van with BF Goodrich tires. It also has a ladder and spare tire out back, and a brush guard up front.

The Crafter chassis is capable of supporting a three- to five-ton van. This makes it a model able to be used for conversion to an ambulance or off-road rescue vehicle, or, perhaps, an adventure-ready tour bus.

2021 Torsus Terrastorm The model rides on BF Goodrich tires.Photo courtesy of Torsus

Torsus will offer the model in a variety of configurations.

More information about the Torsus Terrastorm will be revealed later this month. Sales will start in Q3.

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The Subaru Crosstrek has been refreshed for the 2021 model year.

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Long beloved for its zippy drivability and spacious cargo area, the Subaru Crosstrek is also just underpowered enough for some drivers to make it a non-starter. The automaker is now offering a 2.5-liter four-cylinder option for the 2021 Subaru Crosstrek.

Buyers can choose the standard 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that delivers 152 horsepower and 145 pound-feet of torque or the 2.5-liter that is shared with the Forester and gets 182 horsepower and 176 pound-feet of torque.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The car is mostly unchanged at the rear compared to the 2020 model and still just as capable. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

Both engines are paired with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) in most trim levels. The standard six-speed manual transmission in the Base and Premium grades is paired with the smaller engine. Models equipped with the CVT get Intelligent and Sport drive modes.

The larger engine gets 27 mpg in the city, 34 mpg on the highway, and 29 mpg combined. The smaller engine, mated with the CVT, achieves 28 mpg in the city, 33 mpg on the highway, and 30 mpg combined. With the manual, the Crosstrek gets just 22/29/25 mpg city/highway/combined.

All models will continue to be sold with standard all-wheel drive with active torque vectoring technology. Base models get a Low Shift Mode for descending hills.

Models with the CVT come standard with a suite of Subaru EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. That suite now includes adaptive cruise control with lane centering (debuted on the 2020 Outback) in addition to automatic pre-collision braking, pre-collision throttle management, lane departure prevention, lead vehicle start alert, automatic start-stop, rear seat reminder, and SI-Drive.

2021 Subaru Crosstrek The Crosstrek Sport features blacked out interior and exterior elements. The Crosstrek Limited is the most refined model. Photo courtesy of Subaru of America, Inc.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will start at $22,245, just a $100 increase over the price of the 2020 model.

Subaru is adding a Sport grade ($26,495) to the Crosstrek lineup for 2021. It, along with the Limited trim level ($27,995), comes standard with the larger engine. The Crosstrek Sport gets dual-function X-Mode, which also debuted on the Outback, and includes hill descent control with snow/dirt and deep snow/mud selectable settings.

The 2021 Subaru Crosstrek will make its way to a dealership near you this summer.

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