After an official appearance of the new-gen Explorer in the cap-car form a few days ago, Blue Oval introduced the regular model for common people. The successor comes in five trims: XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST, and Platinum, and every single of them is awesome, simply because the 2020 Ford Explorer promises to be one really great and capable family SUV.
First of all, there is no longer front-wheel-drive model. Instead, the automaker turned back the crossover to its roots. Still, truth to be told, the new rear-wheel-drive platform has nothing in common with earlier body-on-frame chassis for the Explorer. Instead, the popular three-row SUV rides on the new modular D6 platform with the engine mounted longitudinally. In addition, the architecture shaves around 200 pounds of the vehicle thanks to a higher percentage of high-strength steel and aluminum. The 2020 Ford Explorer is not going to be the only model based on it, though. No, the platform supports the 2020 Lincoln Aviator as well.
Crossover’s exterior appearance is really something. The successor still looks recognizable, and yet there are so many styling differences. Up front, the 2020 Explorer hosts a set of totally new headlights and redesigned grille, as well as a swept-back design that makes it somehow more aggressive. Front and rear overhangs are notably shorter, while the roofline seems to be additionally sloped. In the rear, things look even more interesting, especially on the Platinum trim that hosts a quartet of exhaust tips, chromed tailgate, and a pair of attractive taillights. The entry-point model rides on 18-inch alloys, but there are available 21-inch wheels too.
Performance-wise, the 2020 Explorer comes with two + two engine options. How come? Well, the base model uses a 2.3-liter turbo-4 with 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. The more potent SUV comes with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that produces 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. In addition to these two, the automaker intends to offer a hybrid Explorer sometime later, as well as a performance ST model. These two, however, won’t be available right away.
Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission will be standard across the range, while the SUV gets a more expensive all-wheel-drive system as an option. When it’s hooked to its base turbo-four mill, the 2020 Ford Explorer achieves to two up to 5,300 pounds. On the other hand, the twin-turbo V6 raises the ability to 5,600 pounds.
The three-row cabin comes in two configurations. Customers will be able to make choice between a second-row bench seat and second-row captain’s chairs, turning the 2020 Explorer to either a six- or seven-seat crossover. No matter which one option the potential buyer pick, both rear rows comes with standard Latch anchors for child seats. Of course, the second and third row of seats can be folded down. This way, the SUV gets a pretty respectable cargo area of 87.8 cubic feet.
According to the manufacturer, the cabin of the new Ford Explorer has been turned into one really quiet place thanks to new acoustic laminated glass and optional active noise cancellation. The place can become really noisy a premium audio, as well as an optional 14-speaker, 980-watt B&O sound system available.
The SUV is coupled with a standard 8-inch horizontal screen with Sync 3 multimedia system which supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Blue Oval offers an optional 10.1-inch, vertically oriented touchscreen in the center console, as well as a fully digital instrument cluster.
There are 4 USB ports inside, plus three available 12-volt sockets and an available 110-volt power outlet up front. Customers will be able to add a big dual-panel moonroof too. The SUV provides a 50-foot range for Wi-Fi and the ability to connect up to 10 devices to 4G Wi-Fi.
The 2020 Ford Explorer will deliver notably better safety thanks to a Ford Co-Pilot360 system that’s standard with every trim level. The system involves plenty of great features including automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind spot warning, lane keep assist, a rearview camera with washer and automatic high-beam headlights. There are also options such as reverse automatic braking and adaptive cruise control that read speed-limit signs. The SUV will be able to park parallel and perpendicular without any hand or foot help of the driver thanks to Active Park Assist 2.0 feature. Everything you need to do here is to hold a button on the center console until the job is done.
The redesigned 2020 Explorer will become available in showrooms this summer. The entry-level model will start at around $34,000.