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We answer: What is Ford’s Built Wild? Is it like Jeep's Trail Rated?

The Ford Bronco was oroginnnally designed as a vehicle that could go over any-type of terrain.

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Ford's new Built Wild credentials are similar to Jeep's Trail Rated ones. Built Wild is more than just a badge or a selling point. It's a level of achievement for Ford vehicles.

Ford has confirmed that there will be three members of the Bronco family: the two- and four-door Bronco, and the Bronco Sport. All will be 2021 model year SUVs. They also all have earned their Built Wild credentials using what Ford calls their "principles", which include Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing, Built Wild Capability, and Built Wild Innovative Design.

2021 Ford Bronco family Ford has revealed that the Bonco family will feauture three models.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company

Built Wild Extreme Durability Testing includes a series of elevated torture tests for Ford models. It is designed to ensure that Ford models are able to handle tough conditions. The company used a series of lab, proving ground, and real world challenges in tough and harsh climates to prove the vehicles worthy.

Built Wild Capability means that a vehicle is ready to conquer any sort of terrain. The original Bronco was built to be a G.O.A.T., which back then didn't refer to Tom Brady or stand for the "greatest of all time". Instead it meant "go over any-type of terrain". Ford ensured that this legacy would continue in the new Bronco by giving it standard 4x4 capability as well as an exclusive terrain management system. Ford is promising class-leading capability and suspension technology.

Built Wild Innovative Design takes the history and legacy of the Bronco even further. Ford sees Broncos as "the future of off-roading" that "deliver off-road ingenuity, new design innovations coupled with heritage-inspired DNA, plus new-levels of personalization that can flatter the novice and challenge the expert adventure seeker." That's bold talk.

Ford is also promising that the vehicles will be dependable.

Watch the 2021 Ford Bronco and Bronco Sport premier on Monday, July 13 at 8 p.m. At that time, you'll also be able to reserve your Bronco. To find out how to watch, click here. To learn more about reserving your model, click here.

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The 2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition is a throwback to a 1969 MINI.

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The MINI 1499 GT Special Edition pays tribute to the iconic 1275 GT from 1969 while the MINI Countryman Oxford edition offers unique value proposition. The two models are new for the 2021 model year.

2021 MINI Cooper 1499 GT Special Edition

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MINI has given the 1499 GT a Midnight Black Metallic exterior complete with gold 1499 GT side stripes. There's a Piano Black grille frame, door handles, and headlight rings, which surround LED headlights. There are Piano Black taillight rinks and Union Jack taillights.

The addition of the MINI John Cooper Works (JCW) styling package adds JCW front and rear bumpers, side skirts, split level spoiler, and door entry plates. The MINI 1499 GT rids on 17-innch Track Spoke Black wheels wrapped in all-season tires.

Under the hood, the model has a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that delivers 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The car can get from zero to 60 mph in 7.5 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph. A six-speed manual transmission is standard while a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission is available.

MINI refines the interior with more JCW accents including Sports seats in Carbon Black Dinamica/Cloth, a JCW steering wheel in perforated leather with Chili Red stitching and multi-function controls, along with Piano Black finishing throughout the interior with an Anthracite Headliner. The list of standard equipment includes dual-zone automatic climate control, a 6.5-inch infotainment touch screen with navigation, MINI Assist eCall, remote services, Apple CarPlay, and a digital instrument cluster.

The MINI 1499 GT will be offered with a starting MSRP of $27,040 plus an additional $850 destination and handling fee.

MINI Countryman Oxford Edition

MINI's small SUV, the Countryman, is getting a budget-friendly version that available with front- and all-wheel drive. It comes with the standard equipment list of the Classic Trim, which includes leatherette upholstery, an 8.8-inch display with Bluetooth, rear camera, rear park distance control, seven-speed dual clutch transmission, and a panoramic sunroof. The Countryman Oxford Edition also has LED headlights and fog lights and Union Jack LED taillights.

MINI has given the model standard 18-inch wheels (Silver of Black) that are wrapped with run-flat tires, an anthracite headliner, heated front seats, automatic climate control, and a choice of six exterior colors, including metallic paint options. Those options include British Racing Green IV metallic, Midnight Black metallic, White Silver metallic, Moonwalk Grey metallic, Chili Red, or Island Blue metallic. Exterior options also include body color roof and mirrors, or choice of a contrast white or black roof and mirror combination.

The staring MSRP for the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman Oxford Edition is $26,500 and the 2021 MINI Cooper Countryman ALL4 Oxford Edition is $28,500, plus an additional $850 destination and handling charge. This means the MINI Countryman Oxford Edition is specially configured with $5,600 worth of optional equipment as standard at no additional cost.

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