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Teaser photo and new details about next-gen 2021 Ford F-150 revealed

The first official teaser image of the Ford F-150 has been released.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

We now know more than just that it will be Built Ford Proud. Setting aside the various spy photos and leaked images, there's finally (official) news about the next-generation Ford F-150 coming out of Dearborn.

The first bit is the teaser photo that Ford released today showing the front end of the truck. Here's squarer side mirrors are shown than what is in the current generation and it looks like Ford has sharpened the edges of its LED light signature. But wait, there's more.

Using a little Photoshop magic on the image reveals more details.

2021 Ford F-150 Teaser Turning up the brightness on the photo in Photoshop reveals more details.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Here, it's apparent that the double dimple hood has sharp creases from the A-pillar Ford to the grille at an angle. A dual-bar grille starts to show as do rectangular headlights (top) and fog lights (lower). The truck's bumper houses the fog lights, with a seam just above them.

The stance of the truck is shown off more in this photo showcasing the fact that the F-150 is going the direction of the Chevrolet Silverado HD with a strong, tall front.

It's also easy to see that the wheel arches don't protrude too much from the vehicle and that its roof looks shallow. Those looks are likely deceiving, however. The angle of the image is likely playing tricks on your eyes.

Bumping it up one more notch, the distinct outline of the 2021 F-150 is even more apparent and even more details about the headlights are revealed. There appears to be two bulbs per fog lamp housing. The grille is also shown with more depth apparent.

2021 Ford F-150 Teaser Clicking the enhancement up a notch shows more definitive lines of the truck.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Automotive News has reported that the truck will feature a lay-flat passenger seat and a 12-inch infotainment touch screen will be available. The truck will also be capable of over-the-air updates.

It is expected that Ford will equip the truck with some level of its Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assist system though it is not know yet if the hands-free driving capability that is said to be coming to the Mustang Mach-E will make its way to the F-150.

The 2021 Ford F-150 is set to be revealed on June 25 at 8 p.m.

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The Aznom Palladium is going to be slightly larger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Photo courtesy of Aznom

If you didn't know that Aznom was making a vehicle they call a "hyper-limousine", you aren't alone. Most Americans have never heard of Aznom, a luxury car customizer. You may be hearing more about them soon.

The Monza, Italy-based company is looking to create a vehicle that can be used by heads of state that employs the opulence of luxury automobiles from the 1930s. The vehicles Aznom admires had voluminous dimensions and all-terrain capability.

Azonm says that Palladium is "without a doubt a surprising vehicle and, in the manufacturer's intentions, is set up to fill an interesting and exclusive niche."

Aznom Palladium The car's design is inspired by Greek and Roman architecture.Photo courtesy of Aznom

Palladium's designers have described the car as a "hyper-limousine" that unites the traditional characteristics of a luxury sedan with dynamic drive qualities. Aznom lists the desirable sedan features as comfort, materials and manufacturing quality, ample space, and reliability. They also describe the Palladian as "powerful, strong and unstoppable like a true all-wheel drive off-road vehicle".

The model was designed by Alessandro Camorali and his Camal Studio, which is based in Torino, Italy. He took inspiration from classic Greek and Roman style.

The vehicle's proportions are large. It's nearly two meters tall and six meters long. That's slightly bigger than the Rolls-Royce Phantom.

Aznom is committed to creating a small series of Palladium vehicles.

The official unveiling of Aznom Palladium is scheduled for the last week in October in Milan, during the Milano Monza Open Air Motor Show.

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Jeep is adding the 2021 Cherokee Limited Lux to its lineup this year.

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The Cherokee Latitude is the base grade model and the Cherokee Latitude Plus is one step up from that. For 2021, Jeep is offering the Cherokee Latitude Lux. Think of it as Latitude Plus+. It takes many of the desirable features Jeep offers and combines them with a wallet-friendly price tag.

"The new 2021 Cherokee Latitude LUX truly enhances the Jeep lineup and is a direct reflection of what our customers want and value the most in their vehicle – everyday practicality, exceptional comfort, with outstanding ride and handling characteristics," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand – FCA North America. "As the most capable midsize sport-utility vehicle, the Jeep Cherokee continues to offer consumers the ultimate blend of all-weather 4x4 capability and even more standard amenities at an incredible value."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Limited Lux The model features a roster of desirable features.Photo courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Latitude Lux sits in the compact SUV's stable between the mid-grade Latitude Plus and Limited trim levels. Latitude is the company's base model and Trailhawk tops out the Cherokee lineup.

It is powered by Jeep's 3.2-liter V6 engine that is paired with a nine-speed automatic transmission. It delivers 29 mpg on the highway and has best-in-class towing capability (4,500 pounds). Buyers can choose to change to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

It features a roster of premium features including Nappa leather seats, power front seats with power lumbar adjuster, heated front seats, premium-wrapped heated steering wheel, remote start, windshield wiper deicer, and the latest Uconnect system with standard Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.

Additionally, the model is eligible to have the Comfort and Convenience Group (security alarm, power liftgate, auto-dimming rearview mirror, air conditioning with dual-zone automatic temperature control, universal garage door opener, 115-volt power outlet, 8.4-in. touchscreen radio, and seven-inch driver information display) added on. The available Sun and Sound Group includes a dual-pane panoramic sunroof and nine-speaker Alpine sound system. Jeep's Trailer Tow Group package is available only on 4x4 models and includes heavy-duty engine cooling, transmission auxiliary oil cooler, Class III hitch receiver, four- and seven-pin trailer-tow wiring harness, and full-size spare tire.

Each Cherokee Latitude Lux comes with a long list of standard safety features including full-speed forward collision warning with active braking, LED lighting, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning with assist, a rearview camera with grid lines, and rain-sensing wipers.

The new model has a starting MSRP of $30,145 for the 4x2 model and the 4x4 comes in at $31,645. There is an added $1,495 destination fee on each model. The Cherokee Latitude Lux is on sale now.

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