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Last week’s photo showed the 2013 Ford Explorer crossover utility vehicle. For a better photograph and more information about the Ford, read this week’s road test.

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What is it?

Chosen randomly from the correct entries was Wayne Wilke, of Evans. He wins a prize from The Augusta Chronicle.

Last week, we inadvertently omitted the entry of Bill Harding, of Evans, who correctly guessed the Corvette Stingray. We apologize for the omission.

Other readers identifying the SUV were:

AUGUSTA: Craig Kerins wrote: “Looks like a new Ford Explorer.”

CANTON, GA.: David Anderson wrote: “Today’s Ford Explorer is a far cry from what could be called its great-great-granddad, the Ford Bronco – that original 4WD Jeep-like Bronco, not the full-size pickup-based Bronco.

“That original Bronco was closer in appearance to the International Harvester Scout with a short wheelbase, high ground clearance and removable hard or soft top. This was a brutally capable vehicle not known for comfort and certainly not luxury, but to this day, still has a loyal following. Ford eventually redesigned the Bronco based on the full-size F-150, thus making it more truck than Jeep.

“Now enter the gas crisis of the 1970s and the beginnings of the automotive import wars. As a stop-gap measure, Ford marketed the compact Courier pickup, a rebadged Mazda pickup. Meanwhile, a domestic, in-house compact pickup, the Ranger, and a scaled down version of the Bronco called the Bronco II were being developed. The Ranger replaced the Courier and the Bronco II while marketed as the “little brother” to the full-size Bronco, was also compared to that original Bronco.

“Together with the S-10/S-15 pickups from GM, the Ford Ranger was well-received as an American-made response in the import wars, and these pickups lines would continue for many years. The Bronco II however, lasted only a few years as the buying public, with its appetite for minivans nearly sated, wanted something a little different. Enter the Explorer when a four-door version of the Bronco II was needed to respond to the Chevy S-10 Blazer. So as not to be confused with anything else in the Ford lineup, the Bronco II name was dropped although the Explorer was still based on the Ranger pickup just as its predecessor.

“With this introduction, a dynasty was born. I have known several Explorer owners over the years and they are a loyal bunch. More than a couple of them have been multiple Explorer owners having passed an aging family Explorer down to their new teen driver when they upgraded to a newer model. This was done in spite of quality control issues, rollover issues and even a purported ban from a national trailer rental chain that would not rent a trailer to an Explorer owner.”

EVANS: Jerry Paul

MARTINEZ: Jim Muraski

PERRY, FLA.: Larry Anderson

SHAWANO, WIS.: Karen McKenna

WARRENVILLE: James Covar

THIS WEEK’S CONTEST

Perhaps you recognize the make and model of this 2013 vehicle. Tell us at glynn.moore@augustachronicle.com or leave a message at (706) 823-3419.

Please tell us your name and telephone number and the city you live in. It helps if you spell your name for us so we can include your response along with everybody else’s.

You have until midnight Tuesday to respond. A winner will be chosen randomly.

Thank you.

– Glynn Moore, staff writer


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