The new generation Ford Explorer is definitely coming soon. I know that thanks to these latest spy shots which reveal practically everything. Still, the official debut won’t happen in a week at the upcoming Los Angeles Auto Show. Instead, the popular large SUV will rather wait for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show in January.
The spy shots reveal SUV’s new face, which has some familiar styling cues. The new shape of grille and headlights irresistibly resemble the 2011 Toyota Highlander, don’t they? The grille, however, is mostly made of plastic, which was not the case with the big rival from Toyota. Speaking of plastic, the material seems to be used a lot this time. In addition to the grille, the SUV also features plastic bumpers and side cladding. The overall shape of the 2020 Ford Explorer is very attractive thanks to a bit lowered roof and more aggressive C-pillars. The D-pillars are also additionally sloped, while the rear end hosts a pair of three-dimension taillights, which look somehow more compact than earlier.
The redesigned SUV completely lost front overhangs. This happened due to a new rear-wheel-drive platform. The CD6 architecture will support the upcoming Lincoln Aviator as well. It will make the 2020 Ford Explorer lighter and larger. Also, it will increase SUV’s rigidity without any doubt, as well as compatibility with the newest technologies.
Speaking of which, Blue Oval will introduce the all-new Explorer Hybrid this time. The model will use a 3.3-liter V6 engine and some kind of an electric motor, but that’s everything i know so far.
The same engine will be available alone as well, while the SUV also gets Mustang’s awesome 2.3-liter turbo four mill as a base option. The topping 2020 Ford Explorer ST will be paired with a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with output of almost 400 hp.
The aforementioned extra inches will be used strictly for SUV’s cargo space, so don’t expect any additional room for passengers. The cabin will get a huge makeover that includes a totally new and more angular dashboard and a tablet-like touchscreen at the top of center console.
The SUV will get a new Sync system, as well as ‘Co-Pilot 360’ safety that includes blind spot warning, lane keeping system, reverse camera and automatic high beams, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.