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We now know what the front of the 2021 Ford Bronco looks like

Ford is teasing Bronco news leading up to the July 13 reveal date.

Photo by Getty Images; Smartphone content courtesy of @FordBronco, Instagram

The Ford Bronco Instagram account let a bit of news slip out today. We now know what the face of the 2021 Ford Bronco will look like.

In a short video teaser, a CGI version of the Bronco sits in the dark. Crickets chirp in the background. Then, a thrust of sound. The headlights turn on. Whamo, blamo, that's the Bronco. Watch it for yourself below.

Here's what AutomotiveMap's team noticed.

The headlights and circular with horizontal lines of high beams that run through the center. It's hard to see the model coming with anything other than standard LED headlights with that dynamic a signature.

The "Bronco" is across the grille, perfectly spaced. The lettering itself doesn't look illuminated but it does appear silver and sit on a black grille, which isn't perfectly rectangular.

2021 Ford Bronco Teaser Photo courtesy of @FordBronco, Instagram

Then we scrolled down. Below the new video on @FordBronco, there's another image. Flanking a vintage Bronco are photos of the front right and left of the model. Here you can see knobby tires, flared fenders, black housing around the headlights, and extended folding black mirrors. The lighting is able to be seen a little better in these photos and is almost certainly all-LED.

The body appears like spy photos have been showing for years - upright and square-like - exactly how you'd want a Bronco to be.

The wait to see the Bronco is nearly over. The model now debuts on July 13 after a bit of a brouhaha surrounding its original debut date and its link to O.J. Simpson. Stay tuned to AutomotiveMap for more teaser analysis leading up to the big day.

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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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Lincoln will not make a performance variant to compete with Cadillac.

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TheLincoln Navigator and Cadillac Escalade have been duking it out at the top of luxury SUV rankings for decades, but there’s one area of the Caddy’s development that Lincoln won’t touch. In a recent interview, a company executive told Ford Authority that it has no plans to create a performance variant of the Navigator to compete with the upcoming Escalade V from Cadillac.

2022 Lincoln NavigatorThe new Navigator features several upscale touches and excellent tech. Lincoln

That means the Navigator will stick with the powertrain it’s carried for years, which is a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine that makes 440 horsepower and 510 pound-feet of torque. It’s paired with a smooth ten-speed automatic and either rear- or four-wheel drive. While there’s more than enough power to get the hulking Lincoln moving, it’s not a powertrain that inspires excitement or engagement, and though beefy, it’s tuned much more for comfort and quietness than drama.

Though more than adequate, those specs are a far cry from the numbers we expect from the Escalade V. The full-size bruiser from Cadillac is expected to get a supercharged 6.2-liter V8, similar to the unit seen in the CT5-V Blackwing and Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. We don’t know power numbers yet, but the engine should deliver horsepower and torque numbers in the high 600s.

Cadillac Escalade VThe Escalade V will be massively powerful. Cadillac

That Lincoln is taking a different approach isn’t surprising. The automaker has already announced its intention to go all-electric, so pouring more time and resources into creating a performance gas-powered SUV isn’t in line with its goals. Company executives have also expressed a desire to avoid imitating rivals, so the decision to leave a performance Navigator behind is not surprising.

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