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Ford reveals Bronco, F-150, Transit product plans through 2022

Ford showed off a test of an electrified version of the F-150 last summer.

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Earnings calls are always a careful balance between revealing too much and revealing not enough. As part of that tightrope they walk, company representatives often give out bits of information concerning future product in a move to whet the appetites of investors. This was true of a call by Ford Motor Company today that included CEO Jim Hackett and COO Jim Farley.

Here's what we learned.

Ford F-150 EV and Transit EV will be available in the next 24 months.

2022 Ford Transit EV

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With GMC, Tesla, and Rivian hot on their heels, Ford is preparing to launch its long-anticipated electrified F-150. An all-electric version of the pickup truck is slated to rival those of its competition and have the capability to serve as a generator.

The Transit EV has long been promised. Earlier this year, Ford teased the model saying that it's coming in 2022.

Ford will not sell the Bronco or Bronco Sport in Europe.

No reasons have officially been given yet, but this isn't new news, per say. It's a confirmation that nothing has changed since the second quarter of 2019 when the models first officially showed up on the company's public product plans. The two models are, however, slated to be sold in the Middle East and Asia (but not China).

The partnership between Volkswagen and Ford will include a midsize pickup truck.

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Though this news was already public, the comment is a confirmation that neither Volkswagen nor Ford is changing course due to the economic impact of COVID-19. A medium sized pickup truck, called the Volkswagen Amarok, will be built-in the Ford Ranger platform from 2022.

VW and Ford's alliance will produce 8 million vehicles.

This is new news. During the lifecycle of the commercial vehicle products the companies produce, they expect to create a combined 8 million vehicles.

The agreement also includes a collaboration on commercial vehicles.

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Up first for development is a city van based on the latest Volkswagen Caddy model, created and built by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Then, a one-ton cargo van engineered by Ford will enter the market. Expect to see these vehicles rollout from 2022.

Ford will build a new electric vehicle for Europe only.

Ford plans to build a new electric vehicle for Europe based on Volkswagen's MEB architecture. The vehicle, which will be designed and engineered by Ford in Cologne-Merkenich, Germany and will be introduced in 2021.

The partnership may result in 600,000 new electric vehicle sales.

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They will take a multi-year approach to the development of future electric vehicles on the MEB platform, which is slated to produce over 600,000 units in a flourishing sales environment.

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The Lordstown Endurance all-electric pickup truck is moving closer to production.

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The Lordstown Endurance isn’t under production yet, but the company is already receiving orders for the all-electric pickup truck - 40,000 of them. The model is targeted at commercial fleet vehicle buyers like city governments and large corporate entities that require the capability of a full-size truck.

Each pre-order is a non-binding agreement to purchase the truck, the same as the reservations received by Ford for the Mustang Mach-E and Tesla for the Cybertruck. The purchases equal $2 billion in revenue for the company, which is based in Lordstown, Ohio.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The design of the interior of the Endurance is crisp and modern.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Lordstrown has kicked up the cadence of its news releases as the company moves closer to production. In June, the company debuted the truck and announced its $52,000 price point.

July marked the release of the first renderings of the interior of the Endurance and the debut of the first commercial starring the truck. Then, in August, Lordstown announced that they had entered into an agreement with DiamondPeak Holdings to become a publicly traded company.

Lordstown Motors is operating out of the former General Motors Lordstown Assembly site. The new company has its plant next to the battery facility that General Motors is developing to assist with the products coming to market in the future, like the Cadillac Lyriq.

2021 Lordstown Endurance The large screen combines most vital functions of the car’s command center into one place.Photo courtesy of Lordstown Motors

Now, the company as revealed its first pictures of the interior of the truck. Notably, the Endurance has its large screen spanning the width of the driver and center console, housing most all vital functional controls of the vehicle.

Reservations for the truck continue to be taken via the company’s website.

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The Kia Sorento has undergone a bold redo for 2021

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We already knew what the redesigned 2021 Kia Sorento would look like thanks to its global reveal in March. Now we now what the U.S.-spec will be getting.

The Sorento will be available to U.S. customers in a new X-Line trim. It features a one-inch lift resulting in improved approach and departure angles. The grade also includes all-wheel drive with Snow mode, and a more robust roof rack.

201 Kia Sorento SX The Sorento has a new, sturdier roof rack.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia will offer the Sorento with four engine options in the U.S. The base power plant is a 2.5-liter four-cylinder that is paired with an eight-speed automatic transmission. The engine achieves 191 horsepower and 182 pound-feet of torque. It achieves 27 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

Buyers will be able to upgrade the base model Sorento to get a turbocharged 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine under the hood that delivers 281 horsepower and 311 pound-feet of torque. The engine is paired with an eight-speed wet-clutch dual-clutch transmission - the same as what is offered in the Hyundai Veloster N - and is expected to achieve 25 mpg combined. Front-wheel drive is standard with this engine and all-wheel drive is available.

The front-wheel drive Sonata Hybrid will feature a turbocharged 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is paired with a 1.49 kWh lithium-ion polymer battery pack, 44.2 kWh electric motor, and six-speed automatic transmission.. That powertrain produces approximately 227 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. That's more powerful than the standard four-cylinder in the 2020 Sorento but less horsepower than buyers would get with the 2020 Sorento with a V6. Kia says the model gets 37 mpg combined.

201 Kia Sorento X-Line The new Sorento X-Line model features black design accents and wheels.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

That same engine powers an all-wheel drive plug-in hybrid variant of the model that will be available in 2021 and feature 261 horsepower and 30 miles of all-electric range.

U.S. drivers will be able to configure the model with either 4+2 or 5+2 seating. The three-row SUV offers best-in-class front and rear legroom and overall interior passenger volume.

The fully upgraded interior includes a standard 8.0-inch infotainment touch screen that gets bumped up to a 10.25-inch screen in higher trim levels. An available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is available. There are eight USB charging ports (six in the LX model) and the larger screen allows for dual-phone Bluetooth Capability.

2021 Kia Sorento The interior of the Sorento features a new design for the automaker.Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Opting for a system with UVO telematics adds cloud-based connected routing that allows navigation to be adjusted in real time according to evolving traffic and road conditions. There’s also weather information for up to 25,000 cities, voice assistant functionality, keyless entry user profiles, smart speaker integration, and advanced notifications for things like extended idle times and rear occupancy alerts. The system will automatically contact 911 should it sense that an airbag has deployed.

For the first time, Kia offers the model with on-demand Find My Car functionality with surround view technology that captures images of the vehicle’s surroundings then pushes them to the Kia Access Uvo app to aid in location. Additionally, last mile navigation provides walking directions to a final destination if the vehicle is parked between 0.1 and 1.2 miles away from the destination as entered in the navigation system.

A 12-speaker Bose sound system and wireless charging capability is available.

2021 Kia Sorento A 10.25-inch infotainment touch screen is available, Photo courtesy of Kia Motors

Kia has given the Sorento a host of standard safety features including forward collision avoidance assist, lane keeping assist, lane departure warning, and rear occupant alert. Blind spot collision avoidance assist, passenger safe exit, and blind view monitor technologies are available.

The 2021 Sorento is assembled in West Point, Georgia alongside the Telluride and the K5.

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