Ford is among the top players in the SUV and crossover segment beyond any question. The US car giant is now keen on revamping its SUV and vehicle portfolio for 2019. Furthermore, the 2019 Ford Explorer SUV will be also among them.
Introduced in the 1990s, it has received several makeovers and now the 5th generation car is being prepared for launch. Of late, the test prototype of upcoming Ford Explorer has been spied at several paces. As per the updates, the design of the SUV has been altered and some under the hood changes are also expected.
2020 Ford Explorer Exterior and Interior Changes
Despite the layer of padding and covers, the design changes in 2020 Ford Explorer cannot be hidden. This is evident from the captured images as well. The vehicle will still have unibody construction. The square, traditional-SUV like look may be changed. The grille and lamps can also be altered.
Chances are there the upcoming vehicle will be more lightweight owing to the usage of aluminum in the body. This is what Ford has done for its 2018 truck lineup- as it is. The SUV will be launched in some trims. The cabin may also receive a few changes including more cargo space and premium materials. It will have 3 rows of seats.
The upcoming Ford Explorer will definitely come with a broad range of safety features. It will be offered with a lot of modern amenities as well. So, the new version of Sync 3 infotainment will be on board. It will have a large touch display unit as well with support for GPS and Bluetooth.
Some modern amenities may be made optional. It will get standard safety features like Advancetrac w/Roll Stability Control, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), Safety Canopy System Curtain, Mykey System that includes Top Speed Limiter, Audio Volume Limiter, Early Low Fuel Warning.
2020 Ford Explorer ST Confirmed
The company will also launch a performance-oriented version of Explorer either in 2019 or 2020 as per updates. This version will be sold as the Explorer ST and it will be aimed at those who want a sporty big SUV with aggressive styling and superb performance. It may be introduced as a successor to the outgoing Explorer Sport. This is what Ford has done for the Edge SUV lineup.
2020 Ford Explorer Engine Details
The upcoming Ford Explorer may be laden with an enhanced powertrain. The engine will be equipped with Ford’s new 9-speed automatic transmission, co-developed with GM.
You can expect the new EcoBoost engines and a 3.5-liter Cyclone V6 unit. The rumor is Ford may actually offer a hybrid electric powertrain in the lineup later. Both AWD and 2WD may be on offer.
2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid model is on the move
The newest model that will be released in late 2019, from some rumors will also get a hybrid engine. There are no official words about exact numbers. However, some of the speculations is that will get a good battery capacity that will be able to give great mileage. From this model, we also expect some modification to be recognized as hybrid and great fuel economy.
2020 Ford Explorer Price and Availability
The exact pricing and launch timing of the 2020 Ford Explorer is not clear. However, it is likely the upcoming model will get a modest price boost and the ST version will carry a steeper price tag. It will be launched most likely in late 2019.
Summing it up
The upcoming Ford Explorer comes with some moderate changes in styling and the powertrain will also be revamped. The company needs to price the SUV reasonably since competition is quite steep. The Performance oriented ST version will give the company means to woo more buyers.