The 2020 Ford Explorer has been introduced a day ago. The three-row crossover SUV seems to be significantly different from the predecessor, not only by its new appearance but also beneath the skin and under the hood. Finally, the family vehicle host notably better equipment and technologies from today’s model, so yes, the 6th generation Explorer will deliver a lot more than the predecessor.
Beneath the hood, the entry-level model comes paired with a 2.3-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that provides a respectable output of 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. On the other hand, the 2020 Explorer Platinum uses a 3.0-liter twin-turbo which deliveries 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of grunt. Both options are fitted with a 10-speed automatic transmission that sends power either to the rear or to all four wheels.
Yes, the 2020 Explorer will move back to the rear-wheel-drive platform. This so-called D6 architecture will not only be suitable for new technologies under the hood but will also cut around 200 pounds from the SUV, which will definitely have a positive influence on car’s fuel economy. Blue Oval achieved the weight-saving with a higher percentage of lightweight materials in the bodywork.
The new crossover SUV will deliver better-towing abilities as well. The four-cylinder model will reportedly be able to tow up to 5,300 pounds, while the twin-turbo raises the capability for another 300 pounds.
It’s important to mention that the automaker works on two more engine options for the new-gen Explorer. One of them will have a hybrid powertrain, while the second one gets an ST badge and a 400-hp engine.
From the outside, the 2020 Ford Explorer gets a number of new styling cues. Up front, the three-row crossover hosts more aggressive shape and swept-back bodylines, as well as an essentially attractive grille and headlights. The profile of the car reveals more sloped roofline and 18-inch wheels (optional 21-inch alloys), while the rear end gets new tailgate and quite interesting taillights. All the way below, the rear bumper hosts four exhaust pipes.
The new cabin is fitted with better quality materials and latest technologies including Ford’s new Sync 3 infotainment. The system comes paired with an 8-inch screen, yet potential buyers can get an optional 10.1-inch touchscreen that looks like a head-up display. Both versions support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. There are really a lot of useful things inside of the SUV; you will find 4 USB ports, three 12-volt outlets, and a 110-volt outlet. The automaker also offers a number of options like a fully-digital 12.3-inch instrument cluster, a big dual-panel moonroof, active noise cancellation, and 14-speaker, 980-watt B&O sound system.
Explorer’s new Ford Co-Pilot360 system is a really useful safety suit that includes automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, a rearview camera with washer and automatic high-beam headlights. Options like adaptive cruise control that reads speed-limit signs and adjusts speed and reverse automatic braking are quite useful too. Not to mention the latest Active Park Assist 2.0 that does everything alone with a simple hold of a button.
According to Ford, the 2020 Explorer will become available this summer. The base version of the family SUV will cost slightly under $34K