Ford has unveiled the sixth-generation of its large Explorer family hauler at an event in Detroit.
The new Explorer is underpinned by an all-new, rear-wheel-drive platform shared with the Lincoln Aviator, as opposed to the outgoing front-drive model.
With the new platform comes a new range of engines, each paired to a standard 10-speed automatic transmission and the choice of rear or all-wheel-drive.
The base engine is now a 2.3-litre turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder, which is ‘projected’ to produce 224kW (300hp) of power and 420Nm (310lb-ft) of torque. A more potent powertrain is offered exclusively with the flagship Platinum: a 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 that’s expected to churn out 272kW (365hp) of power and 515Nm (380lb-ft) of torque.
A performance-focused ST model will be offered later this year, powered by a higher-output version of the Platinum’s turbo V6. A hybrid model will also be available at a later date, with a 3.3-litre V6 and multiple electric motors.
Inside, the Explorer has received a big upgrade. In the centre of the dash there’s a 10.1-inch portrait-oriented infotainment touchscreen (it’s an option, an 8-inch one is standard), running Ford’s Sync 3 system and equipped with a 4G Wi-Fi hotspot and FordPass Connect. In front of the driver there’s also a new 12.3-inch fully-digital instrument cluster. Other cabin features include a 980W, 14-speaker B&O sound system, USB Type-C ports and wireless phone charging.
Practicality is excellent too, with 2486 litres of room with the second and third rows down, and 123L of storage around the interior. The third row features power folding, along with ISOFIX child seat mountings. Ford also claims that four-cylinder models can tow up to 2404kg, while the V6 Platinum can haul up to 2540kg.
Technology is aplenty, with Ford’s CoPilot360 safety suite equipped as standard with autonomous emergency braking, blind-spot monitoring, rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, reversing camera, automatic headlights and auto high-beam.
Optional safety features include adaptive cruise control, rear autonomous emergency braking, and automated parking.
The 2020 Ford Explorer goes on sale in North America later this year.