Even though it’s still almost completely camouflaged, the latest testing prototype of Blue Oval’s new-generation Explorer SUV reveals almost everything. How come? Well, first of all, the new face is almost totally uncovered, while the rest of the redesigned body uses thin camo that doesn’t actually hides anything.
The redesigned front end, however, isn’t something we’ve hoped to see. Essentially, there is nothing wrong there, but we’ve expected more. More precisely, we haven’t expected so many plastic parts. SUV’s new grille is almost entirely made of the material, while the front bumper is all-plastic. Also, the 2020 Ford Explorer gets the side-mounted plastic cladding, while the rear bumper and roof rails seem to be plastic too, yet painted in silver.
The new-gen model lost almost the entire front overhang, which has been caused by the new rear-wheel-drive platform. In addition, the overall shape appears to be more dynamic thanks to the lowered roof and more aggressive C-pillars. Around back, things seem to be more interesting thanks to a set of new three-dimensional taillights.
Platform and Cabin
Regarding the new CD6 architecture, well, it’s going to make the 2020 Ford Explorer larger, lighter, and comparable with more drivetrain options. The platform will be totally uncovered after the upcoming LA auto show because it’s going to support the Lincoln Aviator as well.
Since it’s going to get a few inches extra in length, the 2020 Explorer will probably enlarge its interior space. The extra room will be exploited for the third row of seats and cargo, while the first two rows stay as they were before. The cabin appears to feature a more angular dashboard styling and some kind of semi-tablet style touchscreen right above the center console. The redesigned SUV will most probably feature Blue Oval’s latest suite of active safety features that are called ‘Co-Pilot 360’. The system made its debut with the new Edge, so we know that the list includes: automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keeping system, reverse camera, and automatic high beams.
There will be plenty of fun beneath the hood of the 2020 Ford Explorer. That’s because the SUV is going to offer a number of respectable options. The list starts with Mustang’s awesome 2.3-liter turbo four. The vehicle gets a 3.3-liter V6 too, while the same engine is going to be an important part of Ford’s latest hybrid powertrain. At the very top of the list stands the turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 with 400 horsepower. The mighty mill will be hooked to the 2020 Ford Explorer ST that essentially replaces the Sport model.
Even though the testing prototype reveals almost everything and regardless of the fact that the 2020 Ford Explorer looks like it’s ready to be introduced, we highly doubt that this is going to happen at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. \on the other hand, we are pretty sure that the redesigned SUV waits for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.