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The Off-Road SUV Will Have A Strong Accessories Lineup Out Of The Gate

MC&T has learned that, as seen with the launch of the 2019 Ranger in the United States, Ford Motor Company is continuing its relationship with cargo accessories manufacturer Yakima to develop various add-ons for the upcoming 2021 Ford Bronco. This will give the Bronco additional tools and appeal out of the gate as it competes with the JL Jeep Wrangler, its arsenal of official Mopar accessories, and deep aftermarket support.

Ford also partnered with Yakima to accessorize the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer three-row SUV at launch.

Expect similar Yakima products to be offered on the Ford Bronco that were offered on the Ford Ranger and Explorer, and expect these products to be offered at Ford dealerships nationwide. Some of these conveniences on the Ranger included bike racks, kayak racks, hitch-mounted storage racks, and even a tent. On the 2020 Explorer, Yakima offers roof-mounted bike racks and cargo trays. There’s also a 6.5-foot by 6.5-foot foldable awning that’s mounted on the roof, as well. We believe the Yakima accessories offered on the 2021 Ford Bronco will be the most ambitious collaboration between the two companies thus far.

Offering Yakima accessories through dealerships will allow 2021 Ford Bronco customers to select what they want and then add it to the cost to their vehicle financing if they so choose. Currently, all Yakima accessories purchased through a Ford dealership come with a 3-year or 36,000-mile Ford warranty, and extended warranties also are available.

Over at FCA, Mopar offers several storage solutions for JL Jeep Wrangler customers. This includes everything from roof-mounted cargo trays, to bike carriers, to ski and snowboard carriers. These parts are warrantied for 24 months.

Also entering the fray is the all-new Land Rover Defender, but this time as a unibody SUV. Despite this, Land Rover will still offer high-end overlanding kit such as a portable shower and ladder to lure the crowds away from the body-on-frame JL Wrangler and Ford Bronco as it hits the market with a base price of roughly $49,000.


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Written by Manoli Katakis

Muscle Cars & Trucks was founded by Manoli Katakis - an automotive media veteran that has been covering the latest car news since 2009. His journalism has uncovered dozens of major product changes, updates, plans, and cancellations long before automakers were ready to make things official.

Some highlights over the years of his reporting include the uncovering of the Zora trademark before anybody else reported on the coming of a mid-engine Corvette, as well as the dead-accurate reporting of the coming of the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2, two years before it hit the market, and even before the debut of the concept vehicle. This type of reporting has immediately continued here, with reports of the original seventh-generation Camaro plans being shelved, as well as what's in store for the Chevrolet Silverado.

Some of his work can be found on massive automotive media outlets, such as Motor1. He also has been a guest on the 910AM Radio Station with Detroit News auto critic Henry Payne, as well as the enthusiast-oriented Camaro Show podcast.

Over the years, Manoli has interviewed various automotive industry titans, leaders, and people that make things happen otherwise. These include figureheads such as GM CEO Mary Barra, GM President Mark Reuss, automotive aftermarket icon Ken Lingenfelter, Dodge firebrand Tim Kuniskis, along with various chief engineers of vehicles such as the Ford F-150 & Mustang, Chevrolet Camaro & Corvette, and many more.

At MC&T, Manoli is taking his journalism expertise, deeply planted sources, driving abilities, and automotive industry knowledge to new levels, covering more vehicles and brands than ever before. This is the place where you will continue to read groundbreaking stories about American performance vehicles, pickup trucks, and sport utility vehicles. Here is where you’ll also read insights and quotes from various automotive subject matter experts on the latest relevant products, as well as some of the latest official news from their manufacturers.

Fun facts: he also once beat Corvette Racing driver Tommy Milner in an autocross with a Chevrolet Bolt EV. The biggest vehicle he’s ever driven is a John Deere mining truck. Besides a go-kart, the smallest vehicle he’s driven has been a Hyundai i10. He’s also spent time in the cockpit of various American performance vehicle icons, including the fifth-generation Chevrolet Camaro Z/28, Dodge Challenger Demon, and Ford Mustang GT350R. He has reviewed dozens of trucks, SUVs, and performance vehicles over the years.

One of his favorite new vehicles on the market today happens to be the Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison. He is also a card carrying member of the Sports Car Club of America, and regularly participates in Detroit Region autocross events.

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