Explorer’s “ST” journey will last longer than we originally thought. More precisely, the high-performance SUV won’t be ready before the end of this year. Instead, Blue Oval will introduce the 2020 Ford Explorer ST next January at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.
Since the day is approaching, the automaker is making some of the final road tests. Today’s prototype was checking out its road abilities and we have to say that the ST badge brings pretty respectable performance numbers. According to our insiders, the 2020 Ford Explorer ST will be mated to a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6 engine that pumps out a whopping output of 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. The power will most probably travel to rear- or all four wheels via the 10-speed automatic transmission. Though, some reports claim that there will be no rear-wheel-based Explorer ST at all.
The sporty trim decided to wear mostly black “suit”. More precisely, the model is fitted with a dark mesh grille that hosts the bright red “ST” badge. There are some black accents in the headlights and taillights, while the SUV rides on large and black seven-spoke wheels which are fitted with wide performance tires. The wheels will also be paired with bigger brake discs. As far as we see, the rooflines are pretty much identical to the rest of Explorer’s fleet, yet this one is paired with black-painted roof bars. The prototype completely uncovers its rear end, so we are able to see four exhaust pipes and model’s new taillights.
The cabin should get some ST styling cues as well. The interior will definitely get sports seats, ST badges here and there, perhaps some aluminum accents to spice up the overall impression, as well as contrast stitching treatment. Level of equipment will reportedly mirror the Platinum trim level, which is great.