New-gen Ford Explorer Introduced…With Rear-Wheel-Drive Chassis Again
On the eve of the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, Ford has officially unveiled a new generation Explorer SUV. After 10 years of front-wheel-drive vehicles, the carmaker returned to the original rear-wheel-drive platform, it renewed variant, of course.
The new Explorer features a longitudinal engine layout, three rows of seats inside. The 2nd row is movable for better accommodation of passengers, two rear rows can be folded to make room for luggage.
The base vehicle got a 2.3-liter turbo 300-hp EcoBoost engine, more powerful that the current one. A 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 delivers 365 horsepower. All motors are combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission. AWD and Tow package are optional.
Like the current model, Base, XLT, Limited and Platinum trim levels are offered for the next Ford Explorer. The standard equipment includes a sunroof, 4G LTE WiFi access point supporting up to 10 gadgets, a multimedia system and other equipment.
Ford’s Co-Pilot360 safety complex, an adaptive cruise control, Active Park Assist 2.0 (putting the vehicle in parallel or perpendicular) and other functions are available.
The new 2020 Ford Explorer will go on sale in the US car market in summer 2019, including a version for police. Other markets will follow then.