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Leaked photos show what is probably the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport

The SUV features a boxy body and plenty of cladding.

Photo courtesy of BroncoSportForum.com

Leaked photos, first shown on BroncoSportForum.com, show what is likely the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport, commonly referred to as the Baby Bronco. Based on previous spy shots of the model, the SUV shown in the photos appears to be legit.

It's expected that the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport will be shown to the masses soon so it's not too much of a surprise that a near-production-ready model out would be able to be spied by a sneaky smartphone.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport The photos don't give a good enough peek under the hood to determine what the engine in the model is.Photo courtesy of BroncoSportForum.com

Earlier this year, Ford confirmed that the Bronco would first be seen in March with the Bronco Sport debuting shortly thereafter.

Here's what we know from the photos. The styling matches up pretty nicely with photos of the model that were first shown to dealers at a private event in 2018. The exterior shows design that projects strength and ruggedness. We already know that the Baby Bronco will be about the same size as the Ford Escape.

There's Bronco and Bronco Sport badging on the front and rear, body-colored door handles, a two-tone paint job that includes a black roof, functional roof rails (these aren't the aero-friendly rails on the Escape), significant cladding on the undercarriage and fenders, and a gaping hole that houses a rearview camera and likely serves as the hatch release point.

Stylistically, the SUV appears to go toe-to-toe with the Jeep Renegade.

This reported first glimpse at the Baby Bronco points out what to expect from its big brother, the Bronco. We already knew to that it would have a boxy design but the exterior choices, specifically on the grille, C-pillar, and roof, give a better idea of what to expect from the SUV.

2021 Ford Bronco Sport Badging on the back fo the SUV shows the Bronco logo front and center.Photo courtesy of BroncoSportForum.com

Though Ford hasn't confirmed that the SUV in the photos is the Baby Bronco, all signs point to "yes". We'll officially know soon enough.

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The 2021 Ford F-150 will come in a hybrid variant

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If Ford is making anything clear these days, it’s that the future all-electric F-150 won’t just just a mundane street car. The future model will be capable of achieving the same feats as the rest of the company’s family of full-size pickup trucks, if not with more gusto than its relatives.

Ford has confirmed that the battery-electric (BEV) F-150 will be on sale in just a few years. To get to that point, there’s a lot of work that isn’t just going into product development, but also into facilities development. Demand for the F-150 BEV is expected to be high and Ford’s Rouge Complex can’t absorb it as the plant stands now.

Ford Rouge Complex The Ford plant in Dearborn will be the home of the F-150 electric truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The company will invest $700 million in the Dearborn, Michigan plant to include a new high-tech manufacturing home for the model. The investment will add 300 jobs. This $700 million is on top of the $1.45 billion that Ford is spending to equip its Michigan Assembly Plant in Wayne, Michigan to produce the Ranger and Bronco.

"We are proud to once again build and innovate for the future here at the Rouge with the debut of our all-new F-150 and the construction of a modern new manufacturing center to build the first-ever all-electric F-150," said Bill Ford, executive chairman, Ford Motor Company. "This year's COVID-19 crisis made it clear why it is so important for companies like Ford to help keep our U.S. manufacturing base strong and help our country get back to work."

The all-electric Ford F-150 is expected to come to market in mid-2022. The redesigned 2021 F-150 will come to market later this year and include a new hybrid powertrain option dubbed the F-150 PowerBoost.

Recently, the company captured video of the F-1500 BEV testing in the wild.

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Volkswagen has chosen a name for its new SUV.

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The forthcoming new Volkswagen SUV will be called the Taos after the town in New Mexico. The name was chosen to specifically appeal to North American customers, who are the target market for the SUV, which Will slot below the Tiguan in the VW lineup.

“We're thrilled to announce the name for the newest member of the Volkswagen family," said Hein Schafer, Senior Vice President for Product Marketing and Strategy, Volkswagen of America, Inc. "It was important to choose a name that really embodied the nature of the car and the town of Taos, New Mexico was a perfect fit. It's a small city that offers big things—from outdoor adventure to arts and design and great cuisine."

Taos New Mexico Taos, New Mexico is the namesake for a forthcoming Volkswagen model.Photo courtesy of Volkswagen AG

"We are excited that Volkswagen has named their sport utility vehicle after the town of Taos," said Taos Mayor Dan Barrone. "It's a great opportunity for our community to share its rich history and culture alongside Volkswagen with its unique and rich history and culture."

Taos, New Mexico is a thriving small town of 6,000 people. It has a 400-year history and a 1,000-year-old Native American community just a few miles from the center fo town. Artists and skiers flock to the city, which is noted for its stunning landscapes.

Incidentally, Taos was also home to John Muir, an engineer turned mechanic, and author of "How To Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step procedures for the Compleat Idiot." First published in 1969, and illustrated by local artist Peter Aschwanden, this counter-culture guide to Volkswagen repairs quickly developed a popular following. The book, started in Muir's Taos shop, has helped keep countless VW models running, from Beetles and Buses to Type 3 and Type 4 models.

Volkswagen promises that the new Taos “will offer great value, excellent fuel economy, and great packaging, as well as advanced infotainment and driver-assistance features”.

The 2022 Volkswagen Taos will be revealed on October 13.

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