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Here's how to get a discount (possibly worth thousands) on your 2021 Ford Bronco

The Bronco will have over 200 accessories available from launch.

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Everyone wants to get a good deal on a new car, even if it's the Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport. When demand surged in the wake of the unveiling of the 2021 Ford Bronco earlier this week. fears for massive dealer markups weren't far behind.

Like most every new car sold in the U.S, the Ford has set a MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price) for the Bronco, but it's really merely a suggestion. The final cost of the model comes down to how much the dealership you purchase from is willing to let it go for. It's a haggling process the majority of Americans hate. They'd rather clean their toilet than deal with it.

2021 Ford Bronco four-door The Bronco comes in two- and four-door variants, and Ford offers the Bronco Sport. Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Buyers may have a not-so-secret weapon for fighting those markups: Ford's X-Plan. Basically it's a friends and family discount scheme and there are others like it from nearly every automaker out there.

The X-Plan is also known as the Partner Recognition Program. It's offered by both Ford and Lincoln. Those who qualify are company employees, retirees, spouses, and other household members as well as a select list of Tier 1 suppliers, business partners, and fleet partners.

There's also an option for shareholders of 100 or more shares of Ford stock who have owned them for the last six months (shares closed at $6.80 each on July 17).

If those options for getting a discount don't apply to you, there's one more option: the Mustang Club of America. The most basic tier of club membership costs just $25 and after six months, you'll gain eligibility to gain your own X-Plan PIN. There's plenty of time between now and the time the Bronco begins arriving at dealerships to gain eligibility.

The X-Plan offers no-haggle pricing. To determine the final price of a vehicle, Ford and Lincoln use a simple formula:
Dealer Invoice Price - (0.4% * Dealer Invoice Price) + ($275 Administration Fee) = X-Plan Price

This formula could save you thousands off the sticker price (and eliminate the dreaded back-and-forth with salespeople) of a new Bronco or Bronco Sport.

If you're into reading the fine print of the X-Plan, you can click over to the Ford Partner site here.

Click here to see the pricing and trim levels of the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport.

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The 2022 Audi Q5 Sportback has debuted but Americans will have to wait around six months to get one.

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The Audi Q5 Sportback takes the traditional dimensions of the Audi Q5 and shaves some off the back of the roof to creating a more sloping design. The result is a model that fits right into Audi's lineup.

At the front of the new all-wheel drive model is an octagonal Singleframe grille that is flanked by large air inlets. The car's headlights feature daytime running lights with the buyer's choice of LED or matrix-design LED technology. At the rear are taillights that feature OLED lighting technology split into three ties of six segments each.

2022 Audi Q5 Sportback

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Like the roof, the car's windows taper as the design of the vehicle flows backward. Its rear bumper appears to be high-mounted.

Base Audi Q5 Sportback models are powered by a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 12-volt mild-hybrid system to to deliver 261 horsepower and 273 pound-feet of torque. Buyers can upgrade to the 3.0-liter V6 engine that produces 349 horsepower and 369 pound-feet of torque.

The SQ5 will come standard with adaptive dampers and has an available air suspension and dynamic steering capability.

Each model has Audi's new MIB 3 infotainment system, which can be optioned to include a 12.3-inch digital display in front of the driver as well as virtual cockpit and head-up display technologies. At the center of the dashboard is a 10.1-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation. The system allows for multiple user profiles.

The Audi phone box and a Bang and Olufsen sound system with 3D sound are available.

Inside the cabin, the car has a rear bench seat the can be shifted laterally as well as forward and aft. The seat also reclines.

Each Q5 Sportback comes with a standard hands-free power tailgate.

Buyers can option their model to include numerous driver assist systems including adaptive cruise control with traffic jam assist, standard Audi Side Assist and Audi Pre Sense Rear, lane departure warning, and Parking System Plus.

The 2020 Audi Q5 starts at $43,000. Expect the Sportback model to be slightly pricier when it arrives in the U.S. in the first half of 2021. It will be assembled at the San José Chiapa plant in Mexico.

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The Jeep Gladiator Rubicon is made to be trail-ready

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If you want to go off-roading but you’re apprehensive behind the wheel? Jeep is introducing the Jeep Adventure Academy, a program that provides hands-on, off-road driving instruction to Jeep 4x4 owners.

"Off-roading is a rite of passage for Jeep 4x4 owners and the new Jeep Adventure Academy will provide key knowledge every off-roader can use for hitting the trails," said Jim Morrison, Head of Jeep Brand, FCA - North America. "The new Jeep Adventure Academy underscores the Jeep brand's commitment to delivering Jeep 4x4 vehicles that provide owners with a sense of capability, safety and security to handle any condition or adventure with confidence."

2021 Jeep Cherokee Trailhawk Jeep Trailhawk models are trail-tested ahead of their retail salePhoto courtesy of FCA US LLC

The Academy kicks off this October and will take place at select locations nationwide. Instructors from Jeep Jamboree USA will lead the program alongside off-roading experts.

Each Academy session will focus on several essential areas of off-roading instruction, including 4x4 system basics, driving techniques, trail etiquette, vehicle preparation and equipment, how to properly read terrain and challenging obstacles, safety tips and more.

The Jeep Adventure Academy will take place during the first three weeks in October at the following locations:

  • Holly Oaks Off-road Vehicle Park, Holly, Michigan: October 2-4
  • Southern Missouri Off-Road Ranch, Seymour, Missouri: October 9-11
  • Hollister Hills State Vehicular Recreation Area, Hollister, California: October 16-18

Registration is available at jeepadventureacademy.com. A one-day session starts at $99 and requires Jeep 4x4 vehicle ownership. The academy sessions will be led by professional staff from Jeep Jamboree USA, an organization that has been conducting off-road adventures since 1953.

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