Ford introduced the current Explorer SUV last year. The vehicle has received so extensive update, that we completely forgot this is not the new generation model at all. After all, the American car manufacturer plays on that card from the start, so it is no wonder why most of us think that the six-generation Explorer has been already introduced. Well, no it’s not, but it will be sometime in 2018. We just spied the first test mule of what appears to be the 2019 Ford Explorer.
2019 Ford Explorer: New Bones, New Styling
The popular mid-size crossover SUV has been completely hidden beneath the heavy camouflage, so we can’t say for sure what will be changed on the exterior. However, what we know is that the mule rides on the all-new D6 platform. This architecture will replace the current D4, so you can expect the new generation Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT to get the same bones too. It will be also very interesting to see whether the 2019 Explorer is coming as a front- or rear-wheel drive SUV. Judging by the spy shots, the vehicle has no rear differential, so it should be front-wheel drive model. Still, we should wait to see what will happen in the coming months, because the new underpinning offers front-, rear-, and four-wheel-drive.
Under The Hood
There is nothing official regarding the engine options of the new generation Explorer, but we are pretty sure it will keep some of the existing units. An existing 2.3-liter will power the base model without any doubt. Still, in contrast to the current 280 hp and 310 lb-ft, the 2019 Ford Explorer will definitely get at least 300 ponies strong engine. In addition, the naturally-aspirated, 3.5-liter V6 will be discontinued, but you will be able to pick an amazing 3.5-liter V6 EcoBoost. Maybe, but just maybe the carmaker comes up with some kind of hybrid model. We are not absolutely positive about this, but there are some rumors about it. In any case, the engines will be matted to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, yet they could offer a current 6-speed auto as a base gearbox.
According to the latest reports, the completely redesigned 2019 Explorer will be introduced either at the 2017 Los Angeles auto show, or in early 2018 at the Detroit Motor Show. The sale will start at the summer of 2018.
Stay tuned for more updates…