Ford has announced details of the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer, and does it ever look great! What’s new for the latest version of this stellar SUV? Here is what we know about the 2020 Ford Explorer, including its engine and technology updates.
The Ford Explorer has been a staple in the Ford SUV lineup since the 90s when you could see it on the big screen with a Tyrannosaurus Rex. That kind of jungle-like setting was a perfect showcase for such a bold SUV, and it has continued to wow adventurers and families alike in the years since.
Redesigned from the ground up, the 2020 Ford Explorer features lighter, leaner and stronger construction. Its rear-wheel-drive architecture enables bumper-to-bumper improvements that include the best passenger accommodation in an Explorer ever. The architecture also enabled a sportier, more athletic design. It improved on- and off-road capability while its all-wheel-drive system is designed to help get owners further off-grid than ever before.
To get there, Explorer comes with a choice of three engines that each deliver impressive power, torque and fuel economy. Base, XLT and Limited models come equipped with a 300 horsepower EcoBoost engine and new 10-speed transmission with SelectShift capability, to make every journey effortless and enjoyable.
Also available for the first time in the Middle East is the all-new no-compromise Explorer hybrid SUV designed to offer both performance and capability in one fuel-efficient package. The 2020 Explorer Hybrid’s 3.3-litre hybrid engine produces 318 system horsepower combined, and more than 800 kilometres range between fill-ups when used in the rear-wheel-drive configuration.
The latest SUV from Ford Performance, the all-new Explorer ST debuts for 2020 as the most powerful, most fun-to-drive Explorer to date. Its specially tuned 3.0-litre EcoBoost® engine produces 400 horsepower and 563 Nm torque, handing the ST impressive on-road performance.
Improved off-road capability comes courtesy of intelligent four-wheel drive and an available new Terrain Management System™ with to seven selectable drive modes that allow drivers to tailor their drive experience to the road, weather and terrain conditions on demand. Rear-wheel-only Explorer drive modes include normal, sport, trail, slippery, tow/haul and eco. Vehicles equipped with intelligent four-wheel drive add a deep snow and sand mode for improved performance off-road. Each mode is tuned to help tackle various challenges, helping confirm Explorer’s status as the ultimate family adventure vehicle.
“A vehicle like Explorer can’t just be good-looking,” said Pedro Simoes, Product and Brand Marketing Director for Ford Direct Markets. “Explorer customers need it to do certain things. They need to be able to drive certain places and take specific items. This Explorer performs no matter what adventures they’re planning.”
Comfort and luxury are also key to the 2020 Explorer’s success. Explorer’s stylish, sloped-roof silhouette protects rear-seat headroom, while its comfort-enhanced second-row seats slide to improve access to the third row.
The 2020 Explorer also has more space for passengers and cargo than ever before too. Best-in-class first and second-row hip room and second-row headroom, and third-row headroom mean passengers will enjoy a more comfortable journey.
Accommodating families of all sizes, second-row seats feature a new mechanism that allows for easy entrance and exit to the third row using just one hand. Redesigned ISOFIX anchor points allow child seat installation anywhere in the second and third rows. Second-row windows are equipped with available retractable sunshades.
Available PowerFold® third-row seats and new E-Z entry second-row seats let drivers create a flat-floor cargo area that stretches out to offer 2,486-litres of cargo space – wide enough to fit bulky building materials or flat-pack furniture, depending on seating configuration.
Hauling gear was certainly a priority for the Explorer team, but so was accommodating smaller items such as everyday drink bottles and cellphones. With every detail scrutinised, the new Explorer boasts 123 cubic litres of storage space throughout the cabin, giving passengers in all three rows no shortage of places to stash personal items.
Passengers will also enjoy a quieter and more refined ride thanks to a new dual-wall dashboard between the engine and passenger compartments, as well as acoustic glass for the windshield and first-row windows, making this the quietest Explorer cabin ever.
The 2020 Ford Explorer comes equipped with plenty of smart and driver-assist features to prepare you for any adventure.
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 is standard across all trim levels, as are the Touch Screen Navigation System, Evasive Steering Assist, Colour LCD Productivity Screen, Tri-Zone Electronic Temperature Control and 360 Degree Camera.
Available wireless charging enables you to keep your smartphone topped up while exploring and, with a total of nine available powerpoints, including two USB-C outlets located throughout the interior, everyone can stay connected.
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