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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 Ranch Ford 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 Platinum Ford 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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Ford dealerships will be adding Bronco showrooms to their portfolio in the coming year.

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Reporting by Automotive News reveals that Ford is enabling its dealership network to opt-in to build Bronco-specific showrooms. The stores are designed to be near or connected to existing Ford dealer locations, but will feature the Bronco horse logo rather than the traditional Ford Blue Oval.

Ford currently has two Bronco models: Bronco and Bronco Sport. All this for two models? Not quite. Ford is reportedly working on a Bronco-based pickup truck. Could it be Ranger Raptor-like? We'll have to wait and see.

Renderings of Bronco storefronts feature those models and vintage versions of the beloved off-roader alongside 3,800 square feet of building space that includes an outdoor fire pit and room to display three vehicles. There's also a wall that showcases Bronco merchandise including some of the over 200 accessories Ford is promising will be available for Bronco models.

Ford Bronco standalone showroom renderings

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The overall aesthetic is very much in line with what you'll see at your local REI. There's back-painted ceiling lining, exposed concrete, a gray stone entryway, and wood accents throughout the modern structure as well as plenty of windows that show it all off.

Dealers are able to modify the design that Ford has come up with. One dealer, in Arizona, told Automotive News that he is planning to build out a 12,000-square-foot space but hasn't included a fire pit in the plans because of the location's desert climate.

If dealerships don't opt for a separate showroom, dealerships can choose from other Ford-backed options to display the Bronco that are more traditional in nature. Andrew Frick, the head of Ford sales in the U.S. said that there are three options: a standalone showroom, an expansion of existing showrooms or displays that can be added to a showroom. All the options are available and recommended, but not required, kind of like the Sasquatch Package on the Bronco itself.

"It's an announcement to the world we're back; the Bronco is back," Tim Hovik, owner of San Tan Ford in Gilbert, Ariz., and chairman of Ford's national dealer council, told Automotive News. "It's such an iconic product that in an absolute way, we feel a Ford dealer is really adding almost an additional franchise."

Last month, Ford revealed that of its 190,000 reservations for either the two- or four-door Bronco, two-thirds of those have turned into firm orders. Deliveries of the redesigned Bronco are slated to begin in June. Early models are already making their way out onto the streets under the car of Ford employees.

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The Hyundai Santa Cruz will debut next week but ahead of that, the design department is giving a closer look at the truck in a new video.

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We'll see the Hyundai Santa Cruz in full for the first time when it debuts on April 15 but ahead of time, Hyundai is setting the stage for expectations with the model. To help with that, the company released a video today featuring the truck's design manager discussing the inspiration for the utility vehicle.

The quick one-minute video is hosted by Brad Arnold, design manager at Hyundai North America. The Southern California native is the leader of the team that created the Santa Cruz, a project that began years ago. He's joined in the video by Senon Franco, the lead designer at Hyundai North America.

2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz

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As Arnold explains in the video, the design of the Santa Cruz started with a simple premise: "this is not a typical truck". Based on how Arnold describes the capabilities of the truck, that sounds true. It is meant to "thrive in dense urban environments and the open outdoors". One could argue that no full-size truck on the market today does that. Neither do most of the midsize models, though their sizing is better for that landscape.

Arnold says that the Santa Cruz is "small in size", a call that serves to remind viewers that the Santa Cruz isn't a big truck. It's more similar in size to the forthcoming Ford Maverick, a small truck that slots below the Ranger in Ford's lineup.

However, the company isn't even calling it a truck. The new model is being referred to as the Santa Cruz Sport Adventure Vehicle. This sounds a lot like how Kia is referring to the new generation of its Carnival minivan as a multi-purpose vehicle (MPV).

Arnold says that the design is meant to make the Santa Cruz not look like a truck. Rather, it's supposed to look "like a Santa Cruz". Part of that includes the front end, which looks like a carryover from the fascia of the 2022 Hyundai Tucson.

Among the other secrets Hyundai is giving away ahead of the product's reveal is that there will be more than one "efficient" powertrain, a flexible bed, "cutting-edge" connectivity, and all-wheel drive.

Watch the video for yourself below.

Design Inspiration | 2022 Santa Cruz | Hyundai www.youtube.com

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