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2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept tames the overloading experience

The Ford Bronco Overland concept shows off some accessories from Ford's forthcoming lineup.

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The wait for the 2021 Ford Bronco Sport to begin arriving in driveways is almost over. And as we get closer, the Bronco and Bronco Sport is starting to make more and more news. Last week is was announced that the company is sponsoring three Bronco Sport models in the Rebelle Rally. Now comes word that the company has designed a new concept vehicle with the outdoors in mind.

The 2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept has debuted at the Bronco Super Celebration East in Townsend, Tennessee. The concept will be on display at the off-roading event alongside Bronco two-door and Bronco Sport 4x4 models.

2021 Ford Bronco Overland concept

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With personalization in focus, the Bronco Overland concept was created using factory-backed accessories. Ford has already announced that over 200 accessories are coming to their product line for use with the Bronco.

The model is based on a 2021 Bronco four-door Badlands. It's painted with an Area 51 color scheme ad has the High-Performance Off-road Stability Suspension (H.O.S.S.) System with Bilstein position-sensitive dampers. Under the hood is Ford's 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine that is paired with a seven-sped manual transmission. It rides on 17-inch Fifteen52 Turbomatic heavy-duty wheels in asphalt black that are wrapped with 35-inch BF Goodrich LT315/70R-17 mud-terrain KM3 tires.

The front of the Bronco Overland features a Ford Performance by Warn winch that is mounted to a Ford Performance modular steel bumper. Up top its a two-person tent by Yakima and a factory roof rack, which are mounted to the roof rails alongside a 1x40 Rigid Industries rack-mounted light bar and six Rigid pod lights that illuminate the Bronco 360 degrees. A tall CB antenna is mounted to the rear bumper.

The Bronco Overland is designed to serve as a full-on base camp. It comes complete with an ARB refrigerator and cooking kit and stove, which are mounted to a cargo management system. The fridge features a slide-out tray for easy access. A tailgate table and chairs area also included.

The rear quarter window glass has rigid panels with MOLLE grids mounted inside for additional rear cargo area storage.

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New off-roader

Ford Bronco Production Officially Begins

The Ford Bronco is finally ready for primetime.

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The time is finally here. After years of speculation and several months of pandemic-related delays, the Ford Bronco is starting to roll off the assembly line. The SUV marks the first new Bronco model in Ford's lineup in 15 years, not counting the Bronco Sport, and is one of the most hyped and sought-after vehicles to hit the market in quite some time. Ford's announcement that production has begun will be accompanied by a special YouTube presentation that Ford says will include interviews with the Bronco team and with reservation holders at the automaker's new Modification Center.


2021 Ford Bronco Ford added 2,700 jobs to support Bronco production.Ford


Bronco production has driven Ford to invest $750 million into its Michigan Assembly Plant, and the automaker says it has added 2,700 jobs to support the rollout. Ford's push to begin production can't come soon enough. Over 125,000 Bronco orders have been placed, and multiple delays have pushed the vehicle's arrival back, meaning there is considerable demand for the off-road legend.

Ford is ready to capitalize on the craze and will offer several ways to customize the new vehicle. At its 1.7 million square-foot Modification Center, The Blue Oval will factory-install several optional modifications that include equipment such as a front bumper safari bar, graphics packages, roof racks, and more. That's on top of more than 200 factory-backed accessories that can be installed at the dealer, either at or after the time of purchase.


2021 Ford Bronco Delays and production difficulties have pushed the Bronco back.Ford


If you are hoping to get behind the wheel of a new Bronco, it could be a while. Even buyers that have been in line for a while now might not see their new vehicle until late 2021 or 2022, and the vehicle's official rollout will almost certainly re-spike demand. Even so, many feel it's worth the wait, and Ford's vehicle configuration tool is live, so go check it out for yourself.

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The 2022 Acura TLX has the technology enabled.

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Toyota and Lexus announced that the WarnerMedia RIDE app would be coming to their models earlier this year. Now, Honda and Acura will be offering the same.

On certain Wi-Fi enabled Honda and Acura vehicles, AT&T unlimited in-car Wi-Fi users will have access to the WarnerMedia RIDE app. The app allows users to connect multiple devices in their vehicles to browse, stream and share premium content from the WarnerMedia library while on the road.

Honda and Acura vehicle owners have been able to use their on-board modem as a hot spot for connecting up to seven devices since 2017. Models compatible for the new tech include the Acura RDX (2019-present), Acura TLX (2021), and Acura MDX (2022) across all trim levels. Honda vehicles with the tech include Accord (2018-present, Touring), Odyssey (2018-present; Touring, Elite), Insight (2019-present, Touring)., Passport (2019-present; Touring, Elite)., and Pilot (2019-present; Touring, Elite, Black Edition).

The WarnerMedia RIDE App allows passengers to access 1,000+ hours of live and on-demand entertainment. The app includes hit TV shows and movies from top brands such as Cartoon Network, CNN, HBO Max, TBS, TNT and TruTV, spanning animation, entertainment, news, sports and more.

WarnerMedia RIDE app The WarnerMedia RIDE app allows users to choose their own avatar.Photo courtesy of Acura

Users can set up profiles and personalize their user exerpience with an avatar from the WarnerMedia library. Profiles also ensure age-appropriate content with options for adults to restrict access to their profiles with an access code.

"Wireless connectivity and connected car services continue to be key features for customers and our long-standing relationship with AT&T continues to be one way we deliver exciting new content to Honda and Acura owners," said Art St. Cyr, vice president of North American Auto Strategy for American Honda. "Honda will continue working to enhance the in-car experience, including the capabilities of the AT&T network and access to top content with WarnerMedia RIDE."

"We're always looking for new and innovative ways to elevate the connected car experience for our customers. With WarnerMedia RIDE, we are delivering a connected experience that's perfect for journeys," said Joe Mosele, vice president, Mobility & Internet of Things, AT&T. "Our collaboration is keeping Honda and Acura owners connected wherever they travel with hours of news and entertainment for the whole family."

WarnerMedia RIDE is available now in the App Store and on Google Play for all U.S. unlimited data plan subscribers. WarnerMedia RIDE is included at no additional cost for existing and new unlimited subscribers.

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