The current big SUV Ford Explorer remains one of the best-selling midsize vehicles despite it’s not been redesigned for the last 7 years. A new model of this “big boy” is, however, being worked on and would be hitting the market soon. This is the new 2020 Ford Explorer and is expected to use a similar platform like the recently introduced Lincoln Aviator.
2020 Ford Explorer Changes, Exterior
The car is expected to receive a complete overhaul from the ground to make it slightly smoother than its predecessor. The overall length has grown by about 10 inches while the wheels get bigger and more rounded. The SUV gets a sportier look with a raked roofline and a shorter hood. The tailgate has been slightly straightened while its front fascia has less tapering.
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There is an included roof rack at the top and large pronounced beltlines that sweep the sides. The rear of the model looks boxier than its predecessor. It is expected to get some level of aluminum construction in its body panels just like the F-Series, Navigator, and Expedition counterparts. It is however expected to retain most of its current steel panels. Wheels will be 18-inch painted aluminum as a standard, and optionally you could get 21-inch premium aluminum wheels (in 7 different styles). Towing capacity for 3.0 l engine is up to 5,600 pounds, while smaller EcoBoost gets 5,300 pounds, which is 40 % increase from older models, bravo Ford.
Ford Explorer 2020 Interior
The new crossover is expected to offer more interior space and more efficient space design. There will be plenty of room to carry your entire family despite the change of platforms. You should expect seven passenger seats just like its predecessor or even eight seats in a similar fashion like the Aviator concept. The efficient space design is expected to offer more comfort and a larger cargo volume.
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The company is expected to include a set of technology features in order to stay competitive in the market. This includes the Co-Pilot360, backup cameras, and the latest version of Sync. A new ford infotainment system (8-inch digital touch screen) with SYNC® 3 would enhance the passenger experience while the updated sync would enable convenient connectivity in the car.
The updated in-vehicle technology would also include FordPass Connect Wi-Fi, four USB ports and 4G LTE. Optionally there will be available 10.1-inch portrait touch screen on the central console, also available Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Waze navigation. Crème de la crème will be optionally 12.3-inch instrument cluster with information like speedometer and gas gauge (3D animated graphics). Some picky staff are added like leather-wrapped steering wheel, front console armrests, leather-wrapped door rollovers and specially designed leather seats.
The 2020 Explorer will use an upgraded EcoBoost drivetrain configuration that includes a longitudinally-placed 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 engine and a 10-speed automatic transmission. It will have 300 horsepower and torque of 310 lb.-ft. The new configuration is expected to offer an improved front-rear weight distribution for better driving and handling.
The new platform is likely to clear the way for the performance-oriented ST model. This model would use a win-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 engine that can generate up to 400 horsepower (rumor). There is also a possibility of a new Ford Explorer 2020 hybrid model with improved handling and a better fuel economy.
Safety (Ford Co-Pilot360):
– Pre-Collision Assist + Automatic Emergency Braking,
– Pedestrian Detection,
– Dynamic Brake Support,
– Forward Collision Warning,
– Lane-Keeping System,
– Blind Spot Information System + Cross-Traffic Alert,
– Rearview camera,
– Auto headlamps (auto high-beams).
Price and release date
The new Explorer is expected to make its way into the market during the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The current base model goes for about $33,135. There is, therefore, a possibility that the new car would cost about $35,000 for the base model and $50,000 for the ST model.
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2020 Ford Explorer photos