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This is probably the 2021 Ford Bronco before you’re supposed to see it

Spring may have sprung early for Ford Bronco fans.

Images purported to be the yet to be revealed all-new SUV have been posted to the Bronco6g.com fan forum.

The photos show both the two-door and four-door versions of the off-road truck, which is based on the same frame as the Ford Ranger. The site took the liberty of making a few alterations in Photoshop to show the vehicle in different colors and configurations.

If authentic, the vehicles appear to combine styling elements from past Bronco generations into a Jeep Wrangler-sized package that features a removable roof and soft-top.

Ford hasn’t commented on the photos, but previously announced plans for an official unveiling of the Bronco sometime this spring. A Bronco R racing truck entered in last year’s Baja 1000s was said to be based on the upcoming SUV and features the same kick in its beltline behind the front door window as the alleged production trucks.

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Additional photos that apparently showed the rear portion of two Broncos with their roofs removed, exposing their roll cages, were posted to the website last week, but were later taken down.

On Monday, a separate website called BroncoSportForum.com published images of a Bronco-inspired crossover Ford also has in the works, which may be called the Bronco Sport.

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The 2021 Ford Bronco spotted with its top popped

Photos of the upcoming Ford Bronco apparently taken in secret inside a Ford facility have revealed some of its styling and a removable top.

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The images were originally posted to Bronco6G.com and removed, but not before they spread across the web.

The shots only show the rear portion of a two-door and four-door Bronco, but reveal its roll bar, which has a similar layout to the Jeep Wrangler’s with an additional vertical pillar behind the rear door.

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The Bronco will be a direct competitor to the Jeep Wrangler. (Jeep)

The trucks seen also feature rounded rear wheel arches, as seen on recent prototypes caught testing, rather than the flat tops featured on the original Bronco and recently unveiled Bronco R race truck, which is based on the all-new model.

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Ford has confirmed that the Bronco will make its official debut sometime this spring.

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Test drive: The 2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel is ready to get dirty

This long-haul rock crawler’s been a long time coming.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

The 2020 model is the first Jeep Wrangler available in the U.S. with a diesel engine, which a hardcore segment of the brand’s fan base has been asking the company to build since the CJ days.

Why? How about V8-style grunt combined with fuel economy that’s better than a four-cylinder’s? Not a bad combination for a vehicle meant to be driven off the beaten path.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler 3.0-liter V-6 EcoDiesel engine

The Wrangler features the latest version of Fiat Chrysler’s ubiquitous EcoDiesel turbocharged 3.0-liter V6, which has been seen in the Ram 1500 and Jeep Grand Cherokee. The engine puts out 260 hp and 442 lb-ft of torque and has been reconfigured to fit inside the Wrangler’s engine bay without trading off any ground clearance or water wading capabilities.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

Jeep is offering the engine across the Wrangler trims, starting at $37,795 for a Sport, but only in four-door Unlimiteds with 8-speed automatic transmissions and part-time four-wheel-drive — so the Sahara’s street-focused full-time system is off the table for now.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler Sahara EcoDiesel

The price premium over the turbocharged four-cylinder and V6 gasoline powertrain options ranges from $4,500 to $2,750, depending on the model. With the four-cylinder motors checking in at 270 hp and 295 lb-ft and the V6s at 285 hp and 260 lb-ft, the EcoDiesel’s torque bonus is substantial.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

Hand in hand with that comes an EPA efficiency rating of 29 mpg on the highway and 25 mpg combined, which compares to 22/21 mpg for the four-cylinder engines and 22/20 mpg for the V6s, despite the diesel’s weight penalty of about 400 pounds. Those are huge improvements that unfortunately won’t save you any money at the pump due to the higher price of diesel. On the bright side, it won’t cost you any more, but you do have fill it with diesel exhaust fluid every 10,000 miles or so.

Due to packaging constraints, the main fuel tank can only hold 18.3 gallons, compared to 21.5 for the gas trucks, so the overall range isn’t as epic as it could be. Nevertheless, the Wrangler EcoDiesel can go up to 530 miles between stops, which will get you from Salt Lake City to Moab and back with some go juice left over to play on the rocks with.

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2020 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon EcoDiesel

I saw over 30 mpg in my Sahara tester, and the motor seemed a little smoother than the last one I tried in a Ram 1500, if not quieter. With their convertible tops, removable doors and overall utilitarian bent, Wranglers aren’t exactly known for being soundproof and that’s definitely the case with the diesel under the hood.

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The Wrangler’s maximum tow rating remains 3,500 pounds with the diesel, but you should have a much easier time hauling that much weight than with any of the gas trucks. The engine pulls like mule team and is so strong down low that you can practically idle up steep, rocky ridgeline trails.

Jeep figures the EcoDiesel will make up about 10 percent of sales, which is about where it is in the Ram 1500. It may not be for everyone, but it’s exactly what fans have been hoping it would be all these years.

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2020 Jeep Wrangler EcoDiesel

Type: 4-door, 5-passenger, 4-wheel-drive SUV

Base price: $37,795

As tested: $44,645

Engine: 3.0-liter turbodiesel V6

Power: 260 hp, 442 lb-ft

Transmission: 8-speed automatic

MPG: 22 city/29 hwy

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Here’s when the 2021 Ford Bronco will be revealed

The rebooted Ford Bronco may be coming out of the gate next month, but it will be a while before you can ride one home.

Ford dealers attending this year’s NADA Show in Las Vegas were told the all-new SUV will be revealed at an event sometime in March, but won’t be on sale until calendar year 2021, according to Automotive News. Ford has confirmed that the Bronco would debut this spring, but has not commented on the new report.

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(Brian Williams)

The new Bronco will be built alongside the Ranger in Michigan on a modified version of the pickup’s frame. Photos of camouflaged prototypes caught while being tested suggest it will have a removable roof, solid rear axle, front independent suspension and boxy styling inspired by the original that was previewed on the Bronco R race truck that competed in last year’s Baja 1000.

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(Brian Williams)

The dealers were also told that the previously announced “baby” Bronco crossover will be called the Bronco Sport and will be unveiled in April. The compact SUV will be based on the Ford Escape, but will offer more rugged styling and some off-road capability when it goes on sale later this year.

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Test drive: The 2020 GMC Acadia AT4 is an off-roadish SUV

The GMC Acadia may have been updated for 2020 with bolder styling inspired by GMC’s big trucks, but it’s still very much a crossover. The $30,995 midsize SUV shares a front-wheel-drive platform with the similarly-sized Cadillac XT6 and Chevrolet Blazer that’s primarily aimed at on-road performance.

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Along with a bigger, boxier grille, the midsize Acadia now offers a selection of three engines across the model lineup that adds a 230 hp 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder to the previous edition’s 193 hp 2.5-liter four-cylinder and 310 hp 3.6-liter V6, the latter two available with all-wheel-drive.

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(Fox News Autos)

They’re all matched with a 9-speed automatic transmission that’s controlled by a pushbutton gear selector on a redesigned dashboard. It works well as long as you don’t try to use it to change gears with your outstretched arm and index finger while driving down a bumpy road, which one Acadia model is capable of doing pretty well.

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The Acadia AT4 starts at $43,395 and is the latest edition to GMC’s growing AT4 sub-brand, which signifies All Terrain and Four-Wheel-Drive. Along with a set of 17-inch wheels wrapped in all-terrain tires it gets the V6 engine, blacked-out trim, AT4 logos and underfloor storage in the very large cargo area that can be replaced with a third row of seats. (Even if it’s not, you still get cupholders back there.)

The changes give the Acadia AT4 a very tough look, but with just 7.2 inches of ground clearance it comes up short as a rock-crawling off-roader like some Jeep Grand Cherokees are. Nevertheless, the fat tires are unflustered by deep ruts and the Acadia AT4 feels stiff as a steel girder when you hit them.

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Potholed city streets don’t stand a chance, yet the ride remains well-mannered and just about perfect on smooth pavement where there is surprisingly little noise from the chunky treads. Unique among Acadias, the AT4 also features a torque-vectoring rear differential that uses clutches to direct power to the outside wheel in a curve and helps rotate the vehicle nicely on slippery stuff. Its maximum tow rating checks in at 4,000 pounds.

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While the AT4 can be equipped with automatic emergency brakes, a blind-spot warning system, parking sensors and a seat that vibrates so you can mute all of the beeps that the safety systems would otherwise generate, radar adaptive cruise control is reserved for the top of the line, luxurious Denali trim.

That’s unfortunate because the AT4 is an otherwise great all-around, if not truly all-terrain vehicle.

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2020 GMC Acadia AT4

Base price: $43,995

Type: 5 to 7-passenger, 4-door, all-wheel-drive SUV

Engine: 3.6-liter V6

Transmission: 9-speed automatic

Power: 310 hp, 271 lb-ft torque

MPG: 18 city/25 hwy

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2020 Ford Expedition Limited FX4 is an upscale off-roader

Ford has a new off-road SUV for fancy folks.

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The 2020 Expedition Limited will be offered with the FX4 off-road package that was introduced on the entry-level Expedition XLT two years ago. Available on the Expedition and longer Expedition Max, pricing starts at $71,865.

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Aimed at tackling dirt and gravel roads rather than the Rubicon trail, the option adds all-terrain tires, off-road shocks, skid plates and a shield to protect the 3.5-liter V6’s turbocharger intercoolers from sand. There’s also a limited-slip rear differential for the all-wheel-drive system, a 360-degree camera system that can be used on tight trails, protective running boards and a shorter chin spoiler to improve the approach angle when driving over obstacles. Ford says over 20 percent of Expedition owners actually use them to go off the beaten path, so this isn’t all just for show.

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The upgrades put the Expedition in a better position to compete with the upcoming all-new 2021 Chevrolet Tahoe and Silverado, which will be offered in an off-road Z71 trim with an optional air suspension system that can be used to adjust the ride height for increased ground clearance.

The Expedition Limited FX4 is on sale now.

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‘Badass’ baby Jeep in the works for 2022

Jeep is looking to boost sales with a baby SUV.

Jeep’s European marketing boss Marco Pigozzi told Auto Express that the brand will introduce an SUV below the subcompact Renegade in 2022.

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The Renegade is Jeep’s smallest model. (Jeep)

“The car will be able to be used as a badass Jeep, but it has also been designed to be used every day,” Pigozzi said, adding that it could feature an electric powertrain if the proposed Fiat Chrysler merger with Peugeot parent PSA Group goes through.

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The unnamed vehicle will likely compete with the popular Suzuki Jimny, a Samurai successor sold outside of the United States.

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According to the report, the vehicle will be approximately 13 feet long, which will make it about a foot shorter than a Renegade or two-door Wrangler, but still two feet longer than a World War 2 Willys MB. In 2016 Jeep unveiled a concept called the Shortcut, which was a smaller version of the Wrangler.

Pigozzi did not say where the new model will be made or if it will be sold in the United States.

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Jeep, AM General team up on military-spec Gladiator pickup

Jeep has forged an unlikely alliance to build a new war machine.

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The Gladiator XMT features a combination of consumer and custom military parts. (Jeep/AM General)

The automaker has teamed up with AM General to create a military-spec version of the new Jeep Gladiator pickup called the Gladiator XMT (Extreme Military-Grade Truck.)

Indiana-based AM General is the company behind the HMMWV — more commonly known as the Humvee — which was the most visible successor to the line of Jeep vehicles that traced their history to World War II and later spawned General Motors’ Hummer brand. However, Jeep and AM General are both descendants of Kaiser Jeep, so the tie-up represents something of a reunion of the two brands.

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The WWII-era Willys MB spawned a line of military vehicles that were built into the 1970s. (Jeep)

According to the partners, AM General approached Jeep with the idea to turn the all-new Gladiator into a Light Tactical Vehicle after noting its capabilities, which include a rugged 4×4 drivetrain and very high payload and towing ratings for a midsize pickup.

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The Gladiator XMT has been envisioned as a command and control vehicle. (Jeep/AM General)

While their exact specifications have not been detailed, the concept XMTs revealed at the Association of the U.S. Army’s annual exposition feature a combination of commercially available parts and custom military equipment, and are primarily aimed at troop transport and communications. Jeep offered a similar military version of the previous-generation Wrangler SUV it called the J8 to foreign militaries starting in 2008, but the XMT could also see duty wearing The Stars and Stripes.

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The J8 was offered in several configurations. (Jeep)

“The Gladiator XMT, if pursued, would be offered worldwide but with a clear focus on providing a cost-effective solution to the U.S. military in a number of possible roles,” a Jeep spokesman told Fox News Autos.

“We would expect the Gladiator XMT to be used for logistics and support, command and control, border security and peacekeeping activities. However, its flexibility and exceptional performance will make it suitable for a variety of additional military and governmental roles.”

AM General said it could begin filling orders for the Glaxiator XMT as soon as next year. The civilian version of the Gladiator starts at $35,040.

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Chevrolet Colorado ZR2-based Infantry Squad Vehicle looks to enlist in US Army

General Motors has landed a $1 million contract to build two midsize trucks for the U.S. Army. But they’re pretty cool trucks.

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The automaker’s recently established GM Defense subsidiary has unveiled a Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 pickup-based Infantry Squad Vehicle that is being considered for acquisition by the military branch. The trucks trade their pickup profiles for an open-top nine-passenger troop-toting configuration, with three rows of seating plus two side-facing seats in the rear. They’re all equipped with four-point harnesses and the truck provides easy access since there are no doors, just a roll cage that offers attachments for gear. It can also be used to strap the truck under a UH-60 helicopter for a lift, unless you’d rather park it in a Ch-47 Chinook, where it fits just fine.

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GM says the vehicle shares 70 percent of its parts with the Colorado ZR2, including a suspension that features unique Multimatic DSSV shocks that were originally developed for racing and sports cars. Their advanced design allows for high-speed running as well as high-jumping.

And while the ZR2 is available with a gasoline V6, the test trucks use its optional 2.8-liter four-cylinder turbodiesel engine, which is rated at 186 hp and 369 lb-ft of torque.

“Our ISV entry is a fully-integrated platform that leverages decades of GM’s engineering, manufacturing and quality expertise at scale to provide the most cost-efficient, reliable and effective answer possible to meet and exceed the Army’s demanding requirements,” GM Defense President David Albritton said about the proposal.

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GM President Mark Reuss added in a promotional video that “it makes me so proud as an American to be able to prepare something like this that keeps our troops safe and keeps them on the leading and cutting edge of technology.”

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Testing of the trucks will begin in November at the Army’s Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland, where they will be competing against submissions from the teams of Oshkosh/Flyer Defense and SAIC/Polaris for a contract to be awarded in March to build 651 vehicles through 2024.

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Apple drops ‘Jeep’ from emoji search, and Jeep loves it

There is no emoji for a “Jeep,” at least not anymore.

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In its latest iOS update, Apple has removed “Jeep” from the list of words that generate an emoji that looks like a small, blue utility vehicle.

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FCA Chief Marketing Officer Olivier Francois said Jeep was opposed to the image being connected to the brand, according to Ad Age, and has now launched a humorous #thisisnotaJeep ad campaign on social media celebrating the change.

Jeep is known for relentlessly protecting its trademark, because the name is often used as a generic term for an off-road vehicle.

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No other automaker’s names launch the emoji, but it does show up as a selection when you type car, SUV or automobile into a message.

TESTED: 2020 JEEP GLADIATOR PICKUP

But while Jeep is looking to distance itself from generic emoji associations, earlier this year Ford submitted a pickup emoji that it designed to the Unicode Consortium, which doesn’t already recognize one.

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Although it’s mostly generic, the image includes the distinctive dropped door window shape of the Ford F-150. However, if accepted, the final version will likely be stripped of any brand-identifiable styling elements.

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