The new-generation Ford Explorer has been spotted in public again. The redesigned mid-size SUV seems to feature plenty of changes inside, out, and under the hood. Still, the latest prototype is covered with some heavy camouflage as all previous versions, so it’s still pretty hard to figure out what’s happening. Unofficially, the trustworthy crossover high-riding vehicle will definitely get a hybrid version, as well as a far more interesting, high-performance version. Yes, Blue Oval will reportedly add an ST badge to the next-generation Explorer.
Let’s start with bones, shall we? The 2020 Ford Explorer will use an all-new architecture named CD6. The platform will cover a range of models, both Fords, and Lincolns because it’s a far more flexible option than the one that replaces. In addition, it will cut off some weight for sure, and, as we’ve said already, it supports a range of different powertrains. Basically, this is a rear-wheel-drive configuration, though the redesigned 2020 Explorer is going to get an all-wheel-drive setup as well. We have nothing precise regarding the weight reduction. However, the aluminum diet turned out to be simply amazing in several occasions, so it will help the next-gen Explorer to lose as many pounds as it’s going to be possible. What’s the final aim? Well, the SUV will get significantly better fuel economy numbers. The underpinnings will be shared with the all-new Lincoln Aviator. This is important because the mid-size luxury SUV is going to be introduced in a few weeks at the 2018 New York Auto Show. Thus, we will have more information about the 2020 Ford Explorer as well.
Under the hood, the mid-size SUV will offer the best engines Ford has at the moment. The starting option is going to be connected to an updated version of Mustang’s 2.3-liter engine, while the higher trims should use a twin-turbo 2.7-liter V6 (also upgraded). The carmaker will, as we’ve announced earlier, offer the 2020 Ford Explorer ST too. The topper will be mated to a twin-turbocharged 3.5-liter V-6 and will deliver around 400 horsepower. All-wheel drive will be standard here of course, as it is a 10-speed automatic transmission across the lineup.
The future styling is still top secret, but we think that the next-generation explorer won’t differ overly from its predecessor at all. Okay, there will be plenty of changes here and there, but the vehicle will probably keep its distinctive blocky shape without too much care for aerodynamics. The most important improvements are going to be some additional inches in length and width. The vehicle will slightly grow, but this will have a major influence on the interior space. Moreover, we expect a class-leading room for all three rows of seating and a spacious cargo space.
The new-gen Explorer is going to appear early next year, likely at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The price of the popular mid-size SUV will range from $30,000 to over $50,000 for the loaded version of the ST model.
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