Ford has just unveiled their all-new Explorer SUV at an private event held in Detroit, Michigan. This 6th generation version brings a long list of improvements over the one outgoing, of course, but has chiefly modernised the model’s construction platform over its immediate predecessor which was introduced in 2011, insisting that it has been redesigned from the ground up.
On the subject of aesthetics, the new Explorer isn't a far departure, retaining familiar cues and proportions but leaving in touches that reward the more eagle-eyed observer. For example, the entire body is given a more swept back profile while incorporating a new elements that echo the Dearborn automaker’s newest model iterations such as the Focus, F-150, and Expedition.
Built on Ford’s newest modular rear-wheel drive CD6 architecture that already underpins the the more premium Lincoln Navigator, the Explorer is both lighter and more structurally rigid that the version it replaces. Through this, the company says that the 2020 Explorer offers improved fuel efficiency, added refinement, more capable off-road ability and sportier on-road drive as well.
The interior takes inspiration from other large Ford models engineered for the North American market and includes a comprehensive list of new technology features to boot, highlighted by the 10.1-inch portrait-mounted touch screen infotainment and vehicle management interface running the latest version of their proprietary SYNC system, intelligently displaying information in tandem with the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
Apart from that, the all-new Explorer will now come as standard with driver-assist features from the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite, including Reverse Brake Assist and Active Park Assist 2.0 in addition to AEB with pedestrian detection, Forward Collision Warning, Blind Spot Monitoring, Cross-Traffic Alert, and Lane Keep Assist. Add to that the Terrain Management System, now with 7 surface or condition-specific drive modes.
Powering the Explorer are a selection of turbocharged EcoBoost engines, starting with the 2.3-litre four-cylinder unit found the entry-level Mustang and Ford Focus RS. In this application, it has been tuned to produce 223kW and 420Nm. Stepping up to the top-spec Platinum variant also means access to a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6, though its exact output has yet to be confirmed.
More details on the 2020 Ford Explorer will be forthcoming during the Detroit Motor Show, which will open its doors in just a few days, and at which Ford is expected to make some big news, one of which is the debut of the Mustang GT500.