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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 SportThe 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 SportBadging 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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Honda details all-new 2023 HR-V

The Honda HR-V is all-new for 2023.

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The HR-V is Honda's smallest and most affordable SUV, slotting into the automaker's catalog beneath the long-running CR-V. The entry-level HR-V got a complete overhaul for 2023 that brought a new powertrain, updated technology, and refined styling that aligns closely with the new Civic Sedan.

2023 Honda HR-VThe new SUV features more refined, upscale styling, better tech, and new safety features.Honda

Honda offers the HR-V in three trims: LX, Sport, and EX-L. While the 2022 HR-V got a 1.8-liter four-cylinder, the 2023 model gets a larger 2.0-liter engine that produces 158 horsepower and 138 pound-feet of torque. It's mated to a continuously variable transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. The new SUV comes with hill descent control for the first time in a Honda, and three drive modes are included.

Inside, a 7-inch touchscreen comes standard that runs Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. A larger 9-inch screen comes in the top EX-L trim that adds wireless smartphone connectivity. The EX-L trims also gets wireless charging and navigation. Both touchscreens come with a physical volume knob for easier interactions with the system. All models are wider and longer than before, which improves interior passenger and cargo space.

All 2023 HR-Vs come with Honda Sensing safety equipment. The package has been updated for 2023 with a traffic jam assist feature and traffic sign recognition. Honda offers blind spot monitoring for the first time in an HR-V, and a driver attention monitoring system comes standard.

2023 Honda HR-VThe HR-V picked up sleek styling for the new model year with hints of Honda Civic sprinkled in.Honda

The new HR-V starts at $24,895, including a $1,245 destination charge. The range-topping EX-L all-wheel drive model starts at $30,195. Honda says the new SUV will go on sale soon.

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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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