The 2020 Ford Explorer introduces a new lighter rear-drive architecture, more power than ever, and big screens…
For once we can agree this really is an all-new vehicle, ready to head into the most heavily contested segment of the market when the 2020 Ford Explorer rolls out.
Sharing its architecture with the upcoming Lincoln Aviator SUV, the latest Explorer is built on a rear-wheel drive platform yet Ford claims it features lighter construction, coupled with more power. Slotting in underneath the brand’s full-size Expedition, this 2020 Explorer will fight for buyers with the VW Teramont, upcoming 2020 Hyundai Palisade, and a host of other.
Specced with an available 3.0-litre turbocharged V6, it’s the most powerful Explorer ever rated at 365 horsepower and 515Nm of torque. That’s a pretty big bump when you compare it to the outgoing model with a 3.5-litre engine, producing 290 horsepower and 475Nm of torque.
Ford says it’ll tow more, go faster, and handle better, but that’s the least of the highlights because they’ve crammed the 2020 Explorer with life hacks such as square cupholders for kids’ juice boxes, sliding second row of seats, and integrated steps.
Apart from all the usual safety kit like pre-braking and detection systems, you can have lane-keeping, auto headlights, speed sign recognition, and smart cruise control that’ll adapt to traffic and use satellite navigation to adjust speed.
With a much longer wheelbase within a body that hasn’t grown at all compared to the old Explorer, the 2020 model serves up more passenger space and cargo room – drop all the seats to form a flat load floor and you have 2,486 litres to play with.
If you don’t go for the Explorer ST with that new 3.0-litre, the range will start with a 2.3-litre turbocharged four-cylinder just like you have in the Ford Mustang, making 300 horsepower and 420nm of torque. Tick more boxes and there’s an available 10.1-inch screen to have, mounted portrait style on the dash, and the wheel options go from 18- to 21-inch with seven designs to pick from.
Considering the outgoing model is AED159,495 in the UAE you can get an idea of the pricing point of the 2020 Explorer once it arrives in our region, which could be by the end of the year.