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Ford Performance, ARB 4x4 Accessories team up to create off-roading accessories

Ford Performance has joined forces with ARB 4x4 Accessories to make off-roading accessories for the automaker's trucks and SUVs.

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Ford is earnestly working to catch up with Chevrolet and Mopar's truck and SUV accessories game. A new partnership between Ford Performance and ARB 4x4 Accessories is a big step in that direction. The two will work to create off road accessories and vehicle recovery parts.

"For Ranger customers who want the ultimate adventure gear, a Ford Performance collaboration with ARB is a dream come true," said Eric Cin, global director, Ford Vehicle Personalization and Accessories. "With 45 years of design and engineering experience in the overlanding and rock-crawling world, ARB is bringing additional options for Ranger customers looking to make their truck even more capable."

Ford Performance and ARB 4x4 Accessories will be creating more accessories for the automaker's trucks and SUVs.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The first fruit of the partnership was announced, a winch-capable front bumper for the Ford Ranger. The bumper is welded sheet steel that is coated in an Integrit powder coat. The steel is 3/16ths of an inch thick and attaches to the trunk via existing chassis mounting points. It fits every North American Ranger configuration.

Compatible accessories for the winch-capable bumper include:

  • WARN® Industries M8000, XD9000, 9.5XP, 9.5XDC and VR EVO 10-S winches
  • RIGID® SR-Series LED lightbars, both 6-inch and 30-inch lengths
  • Antenna and sand flag mounts
  • Jacking points for off-road jacks

Installing the new bumper does not disable any Ford Co-Pilot 360 functionality. All of the truck's sensors and safety systems remain intact, including those for the available adaptive cruise control and forward collision warning.The new accessory is the only aftermarket steel bumper available for Ranger that meets regulatory crash test standards.

"The goal of the relationship between ARB and Ford Performance is to provide Ford customers premium and functional off-road accessories that inspire personalized vehicle customization, improve off-road capability, and empower customers to feel comfortable using their vehicles – even in remote areas," said Lachlan McCann, ARB chief operating officer.

Buyers can get the winch-capable front bumper in 2020 through Ford dealerships and Ford Performance Parts distributors. It costs $1,495 before any installation fees. It comes with a Ford Performance Parts limited warranty.

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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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