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Saleen's take on the 2021 Ford Bronco will pay homage to the Baja 1000, include unique equipment

The Saleen Bronco wears a livery inspired by the Baja 1000.

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Ford just unveiled the 2021 Bronco. Saleen was ready. The aftermarket retailer already advertised their own take on the model, scheduled to go on sale once the Bronco becomes available next year.

The fresh exterior of the Bronco two-door takes its inspiration from the Baja 1000, one of the premier desert races in the world. It's a tribute to a two-time winner of the Baja 1000, "Parnelli "Big Oly" Jones, who won back-to-back victories. Saleen's take on the new Bronco will be given the Saleen Big Oly Bronco name in honor of the accomplishment.

Saleen Big Oly BroncoThe Bronco comes with a host of upgrades exclusive to Saleen.Photo courtesy of Saleen

Though the company has provided no confirmation of the trim level the model is built on, they have divulged a long list of upgrades they'll make to their version of the Bronco.

Ford's bumper will be deleted and instead a Saleen front bumper is installed and paired with a LED light array and forged carbon skid plate. There also will be a forged carbon grille surround accented in Baja Blue. The composite front fenders are a Saleen Design original and have an integrated forged carbon fender vent.

The Bronco will also will have a Saleen power hood, dual A-pillar mount LED driving light, Roof Mount Pro 8 light bar, and Saleen rocker guard panels. Up top is a body color removable roof that is paired with a Saleen Design modular roof rack while Saleen Design composite fenders and quarter panel are out back. There's an adjustable rear roof spoiler, rear tire carrier, and rear bumper all by Saleen.

Each model comes in the "Big Oly"-inspired livery with Olympia insignia and Baja Blue accent.

Pricing for the model is not available, but it's safe to say that it will cost well above the $29,995 starting price for the model that Ford charges.

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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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First-year Ford F-150 Lightning production numbers doubled
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Ford has begun serial production of the new F-150 Lightning electric pickup truck, marking what could be one of the most important days in recent automotive history. The first trucks rolled off the assembly line at Ford's Rouge Electric Vehicle Center in Michigan today, so America's best-selling truck has finally gone electric. Ford wants to sell two million EVs per year by 2026 and have half of its global sales volume to be electric by 2030.

Ford F-150 LightningPast meets future: Ford's new electric pickup will be the F-150 Lightningautomotivemap.com

Ford has seen extreme demand for the trucks, with 200,000 reservations since the books opened. To deliver, the automaker plans to increase production to an annual rate of 150,000 units by next year, which involved huge investments in the Rouge Center and created hundreds of jobs. Ford's total investment for the F-150 Lightning crests $1 billion across Michigan alone, and has created 1,700 jobs across various facilities in the state.

Ford F-150 LightningThe first production trucks left the factory today.
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Though the Lightning starts around $40,000, the most mainstream models will cost much more than that. The F-150 Lightning Pro, while affordable, is a stripped-down truck intended for commercial buyers. It's still a forward-looking electric truck with amazing capabilities, but it lacks much of the creature comforts and features that everyday drivers expect. Higher trims get the latest driver assistance features, including BlueCruise, which is Ford's semi-autonomous hands-free driving assistant. A 12-inch touchscreen is standard, along with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, navigation, a Wi-Fi hotspot, and more.

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