Ford has announced that the next-generation Ford Explorer will debut in January 9, 2019 at the Ford Field stadium in Detroit.
So, we’ll see the new 2020 model in full some days before the 2019 NAIAS. Many spy photos of ready-to-production prototypes give us a pretty good idea how the sixth-generation Ford Explorer will look like.
Ford tested several versions – ST, XLT, Platinum. It’s still unclear which one will be unveiled next month. In addition, earlier this year the company teased the public with a shadowy image of the Explorer-based Police Interceptor model, the “fastest police vehicle in America”.
So, the premiere should be intriguing. We expect a plug-in hybrid modification of the Explorer as well.
The new-generation Ford Explorer shares a new rear-wheel-drive platform with the Lincoln Aviator. High-end trim levels will offer AWD and output about 400 hp thanks to a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V6.
The Explorer is Ford’s third best-selling model in the US car market after the F-Series pickup and Escape crossover. The carmaker will produce it at the assembly plant in Chicago. It goes on sale in the first half of 2019.
After the presentation on January 9, the 2020 Ford Explorer will be also showcased at the Detroit Auto Show.
Upper photo: current 2016 Ford Explorer