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’22 Ford Explorer King Ranch
In 2020, website Ford Authority reported that Ford would launch a King Ranch Explorer for the ’21 model year. Here’s a first look.
Though the vehicle has its side badges covered, the “King Ranch” badge can be seen beneath masking tape. The wheels appear to be similar in design to the ones used on the Limited, but what’s different is a set of four-tipped exhaust outlets that are present out back, suggesting the use of the EcoBoost 3.0L V6 engine borrowed from either the Platinum or ST (365 hp or 400 hp).
This Explorer will likely differentiate itself by having more standard features and creature comforts, particularly inside the cabin. Expect a likely on-sale date this fall.
’21 Ford Bronco Two-Door Fastback
Here’s a first look at the ’21 Ford Bronco two-door with the fastback soft top. The model here is a Badlands trim without the Sasquatch package, meaning that it’s riding on the stock 33-in. wheels and tires.
Outside of the strange exhaust tip and bright-yellow tow/recovery hooks (that appear to be spray painted), the model seen here is production-ready, and the fastback soft top does not look out of place on the two-door model. In fact, it looks pretty good and combines with the Bronco’s upright lines. The slight rear rake of the fastback soft top evokes the lines of the Chevy K-Blazer and first-generation Range Rover.
’23 Ford Ranger
These are the very first shots of the all-new ’23 Ford Ranger as it underwent testing on public roads in Dearborn, Michigan.
Overall, the next-gen Ranger looks more substantial than the current model, with a bolder stance and proportions. The front fascia has a set of intricate C-shaped headlamps flanking a two-bar grille. The cab and bed appear to be carryovers from the current model, which has been on sale in global markets since 2011.
The ’23 Ranger is expected to launch near the end of the ’22 model year and will serve as the basis for an upcoming Volkswagen midsize pickup as a result of a collaboration agreement between Ford and VW announced in 2020.