2021 Ford Explorer SUV Lineup Adds New High-End Models

  • Ford’s mid-size Explorer SUV is now available in three additional trims, including a sporty Enthusiast ST model.
  • The Explorer Platinum gains a cheaper rear-wheel-drive variant and can now also be had with a hybrid powertrain (2021 Platinum Hybrid is pictured above).
  • These new trims join the Explorer lineup for 2021 and will be available this summer.

    Family SUVs with performance aspirations are far from the norm, but the Ford Explorer ST moved to fill that niche when it was introduced for the 2020 model year. Now, Ford is doubling down on the ST model by introducing a Enthusiast ST trim that’s $4080 cheaper. It inherits the ST’s mechanical components—including the twin-turbocharged V-6 that makes 400 horsepower, teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission—but drops some luxury and convenience features.

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    2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST.


    The Enthusiast ST still comes with plenty of goodies—and at $49,995, it ought to—including 20-inch wheels,

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    Toyota Teases New EV Crossover for BZ Electric Lineup

    • Toyota has released a teaser image of a new electric crossover, which will make its debut next Sunday at the Shanghai auto show and is intended for Europe.
    • The new EV will fall under one of the BZ names Toyota recently trademarked.
    • We should hear about the U.S. version later this year, which will go up against electric crossovers such as the Tesla Model Y, Ford Mustang Mach-E, and Volkswagen ID.4.

      Toyota has a lineup of electric vehicles coming under the BZ name, for Beyond Zero. The first will be an electric crossover, which will debut for Europe at the Shanghai auto show next Sunday, April 18, at 9:20 p.m., to compete with other EV crossovers from Tesla, Ford, and VW. The U.S. version should make its debut later this year.

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      Toyota BZ concept.


      This electric crossover, which will be built on an electric platform co-developed by Toyota and

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      Airstream Lineup Expands with Larger Basecamp Trailers

      • Stylish RV maker Airstream is rounding out its lineup of overlanding Basecamp trailer models with new 20-foot floor plans.
      • The Basecamp 20 starts at $45,900 and comes with a larger bed, more storage compartments, a dedicated furnace, and a tankless water heater, among other features.
      • Upgrading to the $48,900 Basecamp 20X improves the trailer’s off-road capability with extra ground clearance and aggressive off-road Goodyear tires.

        With all the talk of off-road SUVs this week, Airstream’s announcement of the expansion of its lineup of Basecamp camping trailers could make anybody start planning future overlanding adventures. In addition to the 16-foot existing model, these two new 20-foot floor plans provide more space for people and storage.

        The Basecamp 20 offers a larger rear-mounted bed to make it easier to take friends or family along on adventures. At the front of the 20-foot models, a four-seat dinette allows for easier in-trailer dining. There’s

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        Starting in 2024, Full Mercedes-Benz Lineup to Get Autonomous Tech

        • Mercedes-Benz and Nvidia have announced a new partnership that will bring upgradable AVs and, maybe, a Mercedes App Store.
        • This new deal doesn’t exactly replace Benz’s previous deal with BMW, which was put on hold last week due to future model timing.
        • Based on the Nvidia DRIVE platform, the new partnership will be used in every next-generation Mercedes-Benz vehicle starting in 2024.

          When planning for the future, it doesn’t hurt to give yourself some options. Last year, for example, Mercedes-Benz and BMW announced that they would work together on autonomous passenger cars that would be available to private customers starting in 2024. Last week, that cooperation effort was put on hold and then this week, Mercedes announced a new partnership with Nvidia on automated-driving technology to be trolled out in new Benzes starting in 2024.

          Even though that could be read as Daimler swapping out BMW for Nvidia for its

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