Ford Maverick test mule exposed by spy photos of rear window


It might look like a crossover, but under this disguise is a baby pickup


A fresh round of spy photos has outed the new Ford Maverick — a new pint-sized pickup based on the Ford Escape and Bronco Sport platform — thanks to a photo that clearly shows the little utility vehicle’s sliding rear cab window.

The mystery prototype was initially caught running around Southeast Michigan back at the beginning of August, and thanks to Ford’s extensive (and clever) camouflage, it played the part of a three-row crossover mule, perhaps even a replacement for the aging Ford Flex. A closer examination of the prototype’s finer details, however, revealed it for what it really was: a pickup in disguise.

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The Jeep Grand Wagoneer Concept and the 2021 Jeep Wrangler 4xe PHEV debut live in the YouTube video above. Jeep’s show begins at 9 a.m. ET today, so grab your morning cup of coffee and settle in. The virtual Jeep reveal shows we’ve seen during the pandemic thus far have been great, and we expect this one to be the same.

There won’t be anything new to see when it comes to the Wrangler 4xe plug-in hybrid model — we already saw the design at CES earlier this year — but all the specs and vital details will be revealed today. We’re psyched about Jeep releasing a Wrangler that finally gets better fuel economy and can be driven under electric power.

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Mopar announces retractable bed step for Ram’s 1500 and Heavy Duty pickups


It can hold up to 350 pounds


As trucks get taller, hopping into the cargo box without performing contortionist-like moves becomes increasingly difficult. Mopar solved this problem by developing a retractable bed step that’s compatible with Ram’s pickups.

When it’s not needed, like when the truck is moving, the step is tucked under the cargo box. Where it’s mounted depends on the model. It can be bolted on the left side of the hitch (if equipped) on 1500 trucks equipped with the 60/40-split MultiFunction tailgate, or directly below the driver-side corner of the bumper in Classic and Heavy Duty models. Either way, users can extend it with their foot, so they can step into the box even if their hands are full.

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