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Ford cowboys up with new Expedition King Ranch and Platinum for 2020

Ford has revealed the new Expedition King Ranch, named after the historic Texas ranch of the same name.

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Ford Motor Company has announced the addition of the King Ranch and Platinum trim levels to the Expedition lineup for the 2020 model year, just in time for the kickoff of the State Fair of Texas.

The high-end offerings will be on the top end of the 2020 Ford Expedition lineup, drawing their design and execution from Texas heritage and Ford's product heritage. The King Ranch model derives its name from Texas's King Ranch, a 825,000-acre property near Kingsville, Texas, that was settled in 1853.

As much as the models remind people of the past, they offer modern technology with the 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch and 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum each coming with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 mobile devices, SYNC 3, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of driver assistance and safety technologies.

Both new Expeditoins come standard with Ford Co-Pilot360, a suite of safty and driver assistance technologies, continuously controlled damping, 360-degree camera with split-view and front/rear washer, power-folding, heated sideview mirrors with turn-signal indicators, security approach lamps, and auto-dimming driver's side mirror.

2020 Ford Expedition King RanchFord has added the King Ranch term level to the Expedition lineup for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch

Expedition King Ranch also features Stone Gray painted grille mesh, lower bumpers, power-deployable running boards, rear bumper skid plate, trailer hitch cover, roof-rack side railts, and side mirror caps, giving it a premium ranch-ready look. It rides on up to 22-inch six-spoke painted machined-face aluminum wheels with dark tarnish-painted pockets.

The famous Running W King Ranch logo appears on the model's body sides, liftgate, and wheel center caps.

Its cabin also takes a premium turn and features three rows of Del Rio leather seats. Its door trim, steering wheel, and arm rests are also covered in the leather. The steering wheel also features Kingsville stitching. Its center console is covered in Del Rio leather and features a Ziricote wood veneer.

The 2020 Ford Expedition King Ranch starts at $72,895 and the Expedition MAX variant starts at $75,590. It is currently for sale at dealerships nationwide.

2020 Ford Expedition PlatinumFord has upgraded the 2020 Expedition Platinum for the new model year.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

2020 Ford Expedition Platinum

The Expedition Platinum rides on new 22-inch wheels for the 2020 modle year. It has leather upgrades in its cabin including a leather-wrapped instrument panel topper, front door trim rollover, console rails, and front and rear door armrests.

It will be available in a host of new exterior colors including: Burgundy Velvet Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, Desert Gold, Iconic Silver, Rapid Red Metallic Tri-Coat, and Star White Metallic Tri-Coat.

The 2020 Ford Expedition Platinum starts at $73,935 and is for sale now on dealer lots. Expedition MAX models in this trim start at $76,965.

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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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