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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

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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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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