All the Automotive News You Missed This Week That You Should Know About

The latest funky Citroën revealed, the new Ford Ranger spied and a Hyundai Santa Fe driver goes wild.

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We had a great week at the Gear Patrol motoring desk. We reviewed the North American Car of the Year-winning Hyundai Elantra and took a virtual ride in the all-new Mercedes EQS. Hyundai unveiled the Santa Cruz, and claims it is not a pickup truck. Audi debuted what may be its most important new car, and we learned Honda may have something cooking on the electric sports car front.

But, as always, we didn't have time to cover every juicy news nugget that made the rounds in a given week. Here's a quick roundup of notable items we didn't get a chance to write about.

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The next high-performance Volkswagen debuts this month
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VW

Volkswagen’s electric cars are getting high-performance versions. Well, at least the European ones. They will carry the “GTX” branding. The GT is a nod to the GTI, while the X “is building the bridge to the mobility of the future” or something like that. The ID.4 GTX will debut on April 28th; no word on when/if GTX will come to America.

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Beavis and/or Butthead now works at Tesla
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Tesla loves two things: Easter eggs and butt jokes — often together. Owners have discovered an unofficial voice command that lets you open the charging port by instructing it to “open butthole.” You may also say “close butthole” when the charging is completed to shut the port. Godspeed to any Tesla owner innocently transporting their 8-to-11-year-old children to school in their Model 3.

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Vermont residents told Bronco to hold its horses on the Off-Roadeo program
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Adventure ORX, the third-party running the Bronco Off-Roadeo programs, pulled out of placing one at the Suicide Six ski area in Vermont. Locals, probably with good reason, feared that emboldened Bronco owners would veer from their designated trails. The programs were intended to be regional, but the three extant ones — Moab, Las Vegas, Austin — are all in the Southwest.

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Here are some spy shots of the new Ford Ranger

The new Ranger that Ford brought to the U.S. is the old Ranger that has been around for a while in other markets. There’s an all-new version that should debut next year, and Australian website CarAdvice spotted Ford testing them in the land of Oz. That should be very close to the version that arrives in America as well.

The Polestar 2 now has a less exciting but cheaper version
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Polestar

Polestar announced a new rear-wheel-drive version of the Polestar 2. The car does drop from 408 hp to 231 hp operating on one motor. But you get a bump in range from 230 to 260 miles. And, presumably, the price tag will start well south of the current of $59,990.

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Hey, Stellantis: This would make a pretty cool Chrysler
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Citroën

French automaker Citroën unveiled the C5 X, the brand’s new flagship vehicle. Is it a sedan? A wagon? An SUV? We’re not sure either. But it’s quirky and kind of cool. And it’s a Citroën, so you know it will have a buttery soft suspension. The PHEV model will offer 31 miles (under the WLTP standard) of EV range.

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Enter to win this stunning electric Himalaya Defender
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Omaze

Love the idea of a vintage Defender, but not so keen on the poor fuel economy? Well, Himalaya, one of the best custom Defender builders out there, built an electric one — and it's being given away in an Omaze sweepstakes. Every donation supports the African Community & Conservation Foundation.

Texas is getting its own Gladiator, though it's not King Ranch-level fancy
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Stellantis

There are a lot of Texans. They love their trucks. And Jeep is giving them their own version of the Gladiator, the Texas Trail trim. Built off the base Gladiator, Texas Trail adds 32-inch mud-terrain tires, 17-inch mud-gloss black wheels and the trailer tow package. It will only be available at Texas Jeep dealerships. But one could always buy one there and smuggle it across state lines.

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Ford is the latest company to let you remove your hands from the wheel
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Ford

Ford announced its hands-free driving system, BlueCruise, which sort of sounds like an oceanic vacation for Raw Dog Comedy fans. 2021 F-150 and Mustang Mach-E vehicles will be the first to get it via software update.

Ford made a point of boasting that its engineers tested their system themselves, unlike Tesla’s Autopilot. And unless there are some German speed metal fans at Ford — which is definitely possible — there appears to be another pointed barb at Tesla in the photo’s song title.

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Fast and Furious 9 arrives soon. Check out the trailer.

I saw the first Fast and Furious film in the theaters. I’ll freely admit that I did not foresee it becoming a box office phenomenon that would make Vin Diesel one of the wealthiest actors in Hollywood. But the GP Motoring Desk will always have time for Dame Helen Mirren pulling hand-brake stunts. The ninth film comes out on June 25th; here’s the trailer.

Florida man doesn't brake for yachts

You might presume Hyundai Santa Fe drivers would be boring, but there’s a blinged-out one in my neighborhood with an overzealous exhaust. And here’s another Santa Fe aficionado in Florida — who barreled through the traffic arm and jumped a draw bridge that was lifting. It is Florida, of course, and according to local news, the Santa Fe driver was not even the first motorist to do that this year.

Here's a Dodge Challenger flipping a Silverado

Customarily, it's a Ford Mustang owner that will have local Cars & Coffee attendees scrambling for their phone cameras. But this time it was a Dodge Challenger Hellcat owner who attempted some tomfoolery, swerved and then ended up flipping a Chevy Silverado in the other lane.

These Are the 16 Best Cars to Buy in 2021
all new f 150 lariat in rapid red metallic tinted clearcoat
Ford

Kelley Blue Book has released their best cars to buy awards for 2021. The results may surprise you.

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