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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.

Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the 2021 Cadillac Escalade in Hollywood on Tuesday, Feb. 4, with the premiere of "Anthem," a short film he directed.

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We've seen the redesigned 2021 Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe, and GMC Yukon. Now, it's natural the redesigned 2021 Cadillac Escalade's turn. On Tuesday, February 4 Oscar-winning auteur Spike Lee will introduce the model at the premiere of his new film "Anthem".

What ties the two together? According to Cadillac, "Filmed with Lee's signature Double-Dolly technique, which heightens the sense of motion to draw viewers closer to the character, the film captures the presence, innovation and movement of the next-generation Escalade, with reverence for its more than two decades as a cultural icon."

2021 Cadillac Escalade The Escalade will feature industry-fast OLED screen technology.Photo courtesy of Cadillac

"As one of the greatest storytellers and most creative filmmakers of his time, Spike Lee's unique perspective is the perfect conduit for sharing the passion and spirit of the 2021 Escalade," said Steve Carlisle, Cadillac president. "It is an icon reimagined."

Along with bold new styling, the 2021 Escalade will feature industry-first curved OLED screen technology. It is likely that the vehicle will be for sale via Cadillac's new virtual car shopping experience, Cadillac Live.

The 2021 model will be the first in the fifth-generation of the Escalade.

The Mercedes-Benz EQC was originally slated to make its way to the U.S. early this year.

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Manager Magazin is reporting that Mercedes-Benz is cutting production plans for its EQC electric SUV by half. The German magazine cites a shortage of battery cells from LG Chem. The South Korean battery maker is in the midst of acquiring a Quebec lithium mine from Nemaska Lithium Inc. That timeline is taking longer than expected.

Mercedes had originally planned on producing 60,000 EQC models in 2020 but is now planning on producing 30,000. The shift comes as Audi is adjusting from stumbling out of the blocks with an EQC competitor, the Audi e-Tron.

The new Mercedes-Benz EQC has a 80 kWh lithium ion battery. Photo courtesy of Mercedes-Benz

In 2019, Mercedes had planned on selling 25,000 EQC but was only able to get 7,000 sales on the books allegedly because of the same problem.

Daimler is pushing back on the report saying that it will be producing 50,00 EQC models this year, which is still down from the 60,000 originally projected but not as few as the initial report indicated.

The EQC is a two-row luxury SUV. It features all-wheel drive and delivers 402 horsepower and 561 pound-feet of torque. The model is powered by a 80kWh lithium ion battery with standard DC Fast Charging for a 40-minute charge from 10 to 80 percent at a 110 kW DC charging station.

Mercedes has debuted the launch date of the model in the U.S. until 2021 after originally planning on having it arrive stateside in early 2020.

The EQ family of vehicles will include additional electric models in the coming years.