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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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The Bronze Edition model builds on the XLE trim.

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The Toyota Highlander entered its fourth generation for the 2020 model year, which brought sleek style, updated tech, and a premium-look interior. A new XSE trim joined the lineup for 2021, and for 2022, Toyota is adding a new hybrid-only Bronze Edition trim.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition adds useful features, such as a hands-free power liftgate.toyota

The new Bronze Edition Highlander builds on the XLE trim with:

  • Rain-sensing wipers
  • Digital rearview mirror
  • Ambient interior lighting
  • Memory driver's seat with 10-way power adjustments
  • Hands-free power liftgate

Toyota notes that the Bronze Edition previews features that will show up with the greater 2022 Highlander release. Among them are the new Wind Chill Pearl color, which replaces Blizzard Pearl from the previous model, and height/tilt passenger seat adjustments.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Highlander is a supremely comfortable SUV with room for the family.Toyota

The Highlander carries on into 2022 with a standard 3.5-liter V6 that makes 295 horsepower and 263 pound-feet of torque. It's paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission and either front- or all-wheel drive. A Highlander Hybrid is available, which mates a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with two electric motors. Combined system output is 243 horsepower. With the V6 on board, the Highlander can tow up to 5,000 pounds.

2022 Toyota Highlander Bronze Edition The Bronze Edition is available for Highlander Hybrid models.Toyota

All 2022 Highlander models get Toyota Safety Sense 2.5+, which includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, road sign assist, full-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure alerts, lane tracing assist, a sway warning system, and automatic high beams. Those features and the Highlander's excellent crash testing scores were good enough for the SUV to earn a Top Safety Pick + designation from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.

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Ford EV manufacturing

Ford plans new plants in Tennessee and Kentucky

Ford's new TN facility may be one of the largest in U.S. history.

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Earlier this year, Ford outlined its plans for significant investments in electric vehicle development and construction. Today, the automaker announced a big step forward in that roadmap that will include two new facilities, billions in new spending, and thousands of new jobs.

The $5.6 billion Stanton, TN factory will be called Blue Oval City and will bring 6,000 new jobs to the area. Ford says the site will include a BlueOval SK battery plant, and that electric F-Series trucks will be manufactured there. The assembly plant is designed to be carbon neutral and to send zero waste to landfills once it's up and running.

Ford Blue Oval City Ford plans to create a combined 11,000 jobs.Ford

Ford notes that Blue Oval City will be one of the largest automotive manufacturing sites in U.S. history. The campus sprawls 3,600 acres over six square miles, and will house assembly, battery production, and a supplier facility. The vertical integration of all functions on one site should lower Ford's production costs and reduce its carbon footprint.

The $5.8 billion Kentucky site will be a dedicated battery manufacturing complex that houses two separate battery plants. The location will supply Ford's North American assembly plants and is expected to create 5,000 new jobs. The facilities in both states are being built as part of a joint venture between Ford and SK Innovation, pending regulatory approval.

Ford Blue Oval City The TN facility is expected to be carbon neutral when it's up and running.Ford

The increase in production capacity can't come soon enough for Ford. Earlier this year, the Mustang Mach-E EV debuted to strong demand, and the automaker will soon roll out the first electric F-Series truck. Called the Ford F-150 Lightning, the pickup will be the first electric truck from a legacy automaker.

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