SEMA News—January 2021

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’22 Ford Maverick

Back In July, we caught our first look at a mystery SUV, but it has now been confirmed that it was actually a disguised Bronco Sport-based Ford Maverick.

One photo shot straight through the windshield shows a small rear window at the end of the prototype’s cab (a feature generally associated with pickups), confirming that this is a pickup and not an SUV, as the camo designers would have us believe.

The Maverick will slot below the Ranger in Ford’s expanding pickup lineup. It will be smaller and less expensive while also utilizing unibody construction.

Expect an official debut near the end of 2021, with an on-sale date in 2022.

Ford Maverick
Maverick

Corvette C8 Z06

Here’s another prototype for the upcoming Corvette C8 Z06. It features a staggered wheel/tire configuration, with the rear tires being particularly wide. Compared to a “regular” Stingray, the eighth-generation Z06 has a wider stance. There’s camouflage covering what is imagined to be carbon-fiber wheels. Also note that this prototype is missing the center-exit dual exhaust seen on an earlier C8 Z06 prototype, which makes us wonder if GM may have scrapped the idea or if this just an older prototype.

The high-pitched revs produced by the car were very distinct and are like nothing else ever heard from the Corvette lineup throughout its history. It’s expected that a high-revving DOHC 5.5L V8 is under the hood, based around the racing engine introduced in the C8.R last year.

 


 
Corvette
Corvette

’21 Jeep Wrangler Rubicon Half-Door

Jeep has been promising fans of the Wrangler JL a half-door solution since the model launched in November 2017. With added pressure from the upcoming Ford Bronco, it now appears that Jeep is looking at bringing a half-door option to the market. Unlike the Wrangler JK half-door design in the past generation, the doors feature fabric windows with a large opening in the middle and front quarter windows. They appear to be the same design showcased on the Rubicon 392 Concept and are the first time we have seen half-doors on a Wrangler JL other than the unveiling and on concept vehicles.
Jeep Wrangler
Jeep Wrangler

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