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Ford thinks you want to eat shrimp out of your frunk

Shrimp cocktail anyone? Ford is showing off the capabilities of its front trunk with an ... interesting display.

Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

There's tailgating and then there's tailgating. Ford has taken the burgers, beer, chips, and dips game a step further by proposing 2021 Mustang Mach-E owners use their new electric vehicle's front trunk (frunk) to store enough shrimp cocktail to feed a small army (with lemons, natch).

To be completely clear, it is possible. Instead of having an internal combustion engine and all the parts that are needed to make that run up in front of the driver under the hood, the Mustang Mach-E, like Teslas before it, has a storage area that can be used for a variety of things.

2021 Ford Mustang Mach-EFord says that 1,000 chicken wings fit in the Mustang Mach-E's front trunk.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

The space is a 4.8-cubic-foot plastic bin, which is equivalent to a 36-gallon cooler. That's about the same size as the Yeti Tundra 35.

In addition to the frunk, the model has performance-focused features, which were sussed out during and engineering process when Ford president and CEO Jim Hackett tasked the R&D team with making the Mustang Mach-E more exciting than it was originally intended to be.

If shrimp isn't up your ally, Ford would like to suggest perhaps you fill the space with buffalo wings (they say 1,000 fit) or soda.

The point is, that you can do it when you own a Mustang Mach-E. However, as mothers all around the country say, "Just because you can doesn't mean you should."

The Mustang Mach-E enters the market when many car companies are changing over to selling EVs yet the automaker's own survey showed that over one-third of the population has no interest in electric vehicles.

AutomotiveMap's Chad Kirchner has ridden in the new crossover but was not able to secure the time with the model needed to fill the frunk with any culinary delights.

Deliveries of the electric SUV begin late 2020. Reserve the Mustang Mach-E to secure yours for next season.

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VW purchased the rights to the iconic Scout name and plans to make new EVs under the brand.

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Automakers bring back names and brands from the past all the time, but it's not every day that a major company purchases a brand name specifically for the purpose of reviving it. That's exactly what Volkswagen just did with Scout, the name of an ultra-popular off-road SUV that was built by International Harvester in the 1960s and 1970s.

As for the types of vehicles we'll see from the brand, we currently only have the renders to go on. The pickup truck and SUV both feature throwback styling that is reminiscent of the original Scout shapes. Beefy off-road tires and lifted suspension are the only other clues available in the drawings.

Volkswagen has its own EVs, and its other brands like Audi and Porsche have made significant progress with electric vehicles as well. That said, VW doesn't really have a solid off-road option from any of its brands at the moment, so the Scout purchase opens doors for the automaker in that arena.

The announcement sounds exciting, but we've still got plenty of time to wait before there's a Scout-branded EV on the roads. Volkswagen said the plan is to release vehicles by 2026, but it won't be sitting idle between now and then. The VW ID.4 is still very fresh and the automaker says it will launch a total of 25 new EVs in the U.S. by 2030.

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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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