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Ford is expected to begin production of two-door and four-door Bronco models on March 29 at its Michigan Assembly plant.

A user on the Bronco6g forums claims that for the next two weeks, Ford will begin the ‘Pre Mass Production’ phase that will involve Bronco models being built during the 2nd shift. The vehicles being manufactured over this two-week period will likely be press vehicles and dealer demos. Ford is then expected to idle the facility for two weeks in order to get ready for ‘Phase 1 Mass Production,’ scheduled to commence on March 29th.

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Prior to vehicles reaching the hands of customers, Ford is expected to conduct internal inspections on the vehicles to ensure everything is up to the appropriate standard. Those with orders should start receiving their vehicles in the summer.

Ford had originally intended on starting deliveries in the spring but in December 2020, confirmed that it would delay the Bronco due to coronavirus-related issues with certain suppliers. As such, it delayed the opening of order books until mid-January as opposed to December 7 as previously planned. Interestingly, customer deliveries of the smaller Bronco Sport started last year as it is manufactured in Mexico.

Prices for the 2021 Ford Bronco start at a very reasonable $28,500 but we suspect most buyers will spend far more than that. In fact, the Wildtrak has proven to be one of the most popular variants and starts at $46,980 with its 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine.

Mazda has upgraded its 2.0-liter engine, giving it more power and torque, improving the carbon dioxide emissions and fuel economy, and renaming it the e-SkyActiv X.

Debuting in the 2021 Mazda3 and CX-30, it features a lower compression ratio from 16.3:1 to 15.0:1, optimized combustion control, modified pistons and intake camshaft, and updated mild-hybrid system software.

With these changes, the Japanese automaker says the e-SkyActiv X develops 186 PS (183 HP / 137 kW) at 6,000 rpm and 240 Nm (177 lb-ft) of torque at 4,000 rpm. This represents an increase of 6 PS (6 HP / 4 kW) and 16 Nm (12 lb-ft) respectively over the previous version of the 2.0-liter unit, as well as reduced CO2 emissions by 5 to 11 g/km depending on the model, transmission and trim level.

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A 2.4 mpg UK improvement and 11 g/km of CO2 less have been listed in the AWD GT Sport CX-30 packing this powertrain, whereas the entry-level manual gearbox SE-L Lux model is 2.5 mpg UK more fuel efficient and 6 g/km of CO2 cleaner. Besides the SE-L Lux and GT Sport, the e-SkyActiv X powertrain is available for the Sport Lux and GT Tech versions of the CX-30 with optional automatic transmission and available AWD from the GT Sport upwards.

Set to arrive at dealers across the Britain this month, the 2021 CX-30 will be joined by the 2021 Mazda3 from April 1, and it too sees the introduction of the e-SkyActiv X engine, benefiting from CO2 reductions of 5-11 g/km, in addition to the same improvements in output and torque. The four-cylinder will be available in the SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech grades of the hatchback and sedan, with standard automatic gearbox on all save for the entry-level model.

Besides the introduction of the upgraded power unit, the 2021 Mazda3 gets a standard sunroof in the Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech e-SkyActiv X variants.

On a related note, the 2.0-liter SkyActiv G has been renamed as the e-SkyActiv G. It produces 122 PS (120 HP / 90 kW) emits up to 7-8 g/km of CO2 less in the 2021 CX-30, where it is available in the SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech, with FWD and optional automatic transmission on all bar the base spec. The 2021 Mazda3 also gets the same e-SkyActiv G in the SE-L, SE-L Lux, Sport Lux, GT Sport and GT Sport Tech, with an optional automatic gearbox offered across range, save for the SE-L.

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