Ford unveils revamped Explorer ahead of Detroit auto show

Joanna Estrada
January 11, 2019

No word yet about a Philippine debut (US dealerships will get the new model during the summer), but if we had to guess, we'd estimate that the all-new Explorer will hit local streets sometime in the next 12-18 months.

The familiar styling continues further back as the Explorer has an evolutionary greenhouse and plastic body cladding. Drivers will also find an 8-inch SYNC 3 infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.

Moving up to the Explorer XLT will reward buyers with a 10-way power driver's seat, a 4-way power passenger seat and a leather-wrapped steering wheel. The second and third row seats can fold completely flat, with the second row having been redesigned for easy entry to the third row.

Lastly, the range-topping Explorer Platinum has a leather-wrapped dashboard, Ash Swirl wood trim and "tri-diamond" perforated leather seats. Gone is the old infotainment system as it has been replaced by a new tablet-inspired, 10.1-inch touchscreen.

Engine options for the USA include a 2.3-liter EcoBoost in-line-four, a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 with a projected 365hp and 515Nm, and a redesigned 2.3-liter mill that's estimated to put out 300hp and 420Nm. Those who want more power, and bling, can opt for the Platinum model with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque (on 93-octane gas). But more important to enthusiasts like us, the new rear-drive-based platform makes the next Mustang feasible amidst the automaker's cost-cutting reorganization efforts that will see it kill off nearly every non-SUV in its lineup. Ford has not detailed the hybrid and ST powertrain yet. AWD models get a new terrain management system, which includes Normal, Trail, Deep Snow/Sand, Slippery, Sport, Tow/Haul, and Eco settings, and an available reconfigurable digital display cluster changes with each different drive mode. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo V6 cranks out 370 PS and 515 Nm of pulling power.

Based on the new modular D6 platform that also serves the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, the Explorer shaves 200 pounds thanks to the use of high-strength boron steel. This means the 2020 Explorer is 113 lbs (51.2 kg) lighter than its predecessor.

On the tech front, the 2020 Explorer will be offered with a number of features including a standard Co-Pilot360 suite of driver assistance systems. These include: pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning, dynamic braking support, blind spot information with cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist, auto high beam assist and Active Park Assist 2.0. Optional safety features will include reverse brake assist, intelligent active cruise control with speed-limit sign recognition, active park assist version 2.0-which begs the question: How adventurous can you be if you can't parallel park?-a 360-degree camera, a split-view front camera, and side-wind mitigation. After its debut on Friday in cop vehicle form, the 2020 Ford Explorer arrived Wednesday in civilian trim.

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