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Buying a 2021 Ford Expedition is cheaper than ever before thanks to a new XL STX base-spec variant, priced from $49,995 (w/o destination charge). While it offers savings of $2,815 compared to the XLT model, it is missing quite a few amenities.

The most noticeable absence is that of the third-row, which is standard on all other Expedition models. You also don’t get the Ford Co-Pilot360 driver assist bundle as standard, nor do you have rear parking sensors or satellite radio.

The Expedition XL STX is also not available in extended-length Max form. You do however benefit from Magnetic metallic 18-inch alloys, a gloss-black five-bar grille, gloss black mirror caps, body-color lower body cladding and a body-colored fascia.

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What’s interesting is that when you add the $1,695 destination charge for a total of $51,690, that puts the Expedition XL STX in the same ballpark as the Chevrolet Tahoe ($50,295 with destination charge). However, the latter does include third-row seats, even in base-spec.

Powering the entry-level Expedition is the same 375 HP 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 unit you get with the rest of the range. It also comes with a 10-speed automatic gearbox, while rear-wheel drive is standard (AWD is available for $3,050).

The Expedition is Ford’s only full-size SUV and it’s underpinned by the T3 platform – a modified version of the F-150’s half-ton architecture. Similar offerings, other than the Tahoe, include the likes of the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, Chevy Suburban, Nissan Armada, Cadillac Escalade, Infiniti QX80, Lincoln Navigator, Mercedes GLS and BMW X7. Some of these models of course wear premium badges and are considerably more expensive to purchase.

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Christian von Koenigsegg says that, in contrast to other high-end brands, he has no intention of building a high-performance SUV.

At the start of 2020, Koenigsegg ventured into a space of the market it had never occupied before with the launch of the four-seat Gemera. During a recent interview, the man behind the hypercar manufacturer was asked by YouTuber Misha Charoudin if the brand’s family of models could grow further with an SUV.

Von Koenigsegg replied that he typically builds cars that he likes and he “has never been a great fan of SUVs” as he likes “sporty behavior” when he is driving. Additionally, he says that the handling dynamics of an SUV on the road aren’t good and that the whole idea of performance SUVs is an oxymoron, stating that car manufacturers building them are creating the kinds of vehicles that handle poorly and then trying to fix them.

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Rather than venturing into the world of SUVs, von Koenigsegg says it would be more exciting for his company to build a high-riding version of the Gemera with Mad Max-inspired styling that offers exceptional performance on the street while also having some serious off-road credentials and being able to speed across sand dunes.

Of course, this isn’t to say that such a vehicle will be released, as Koenigsegg already has quite a lot on its plate readying both the Jesko and the Gemera for the production line. Nevertheless, if there’s enough customer demand, we wouldn’t rule out the Swedish company launching a Gemera variant that will be able to venture off the beaten track.

 

Shortly after a report surfaced indicating that the Cadillac CT4-V and CT5-V Blackwing models will debut on February 1, key specifications about the duo have leaked online.

According to Auto Verdict, who got a hold of the car manufacturer’s recently released order guides for the two performance sedans, it is confirmed that the CT5-V Blackwing will feature GM’s 6.2-liter supercharged LT4 V8 while the CT4-V Blackwing will feature a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6.

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Starting with the CT5-V Blackwing, no horsepower and torque figures are mentioned in the order guide but we know it will be the most powerful Cadillac ever, meaning it should have more than the 640 hp of the old CTS-V. Customers will have the option of either a six-speed manual transmission or a 10-speed automatic routing power to the rear wheels.

Cadillac asserts that the performance sedan will be the fastest V-Series model it has ever produced around a racetrack, while also having the ability to hit 60 mph (100 km/h) in just 3.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 200 mph (320 km/h). Other key features of the CT5-V Blackwing include FE4 performance suspension, Brembo brakes, and optional carbon ceramic brakes.

Meanwhile, the Cadillac CT4-V Blackwing will rock a twin-turbocharged 3.6-liter V6, the same engine as the ATS-V that was rated at 464 hp and 445 lb-ft (603 Nm), as its LF4 RPO code shows. Given that the new M3 Competition delivers 503 hp, we’d expect the Cadillac to match that figure. Regardless, the order guide confirms it will hit 60 mph in 3.8 seconds and max out at 189 mph (304 km/h). Like the CT5-V Blackwing, both six-speed manual and 10-speed automatic transmissions will be offered.