The new 2020 Ford Explorer is here and it looks like radical changes have become a common thing with this SUV. Originally a typical body-on-frame vehicle, the Explorer switched to a unibody platform with the previous redesign in 2011. These days, everyone talks about the sixth generation, which once again comes with big changes in terms of the base design. Of course, there is a new platform but, more interestingly, a completely different layout, which makes this crossover much closer to the premium segment, at least in terms of driving characteristics.
The new model rides on the company’s brand-new platform, which will be used for the next-generation Mustang as well. It is lighter, more capable, more spacious and more luxurious than before. Simply said, it is much better than the outgoing model in pretty much all aspects. Also, there is a new hybrid powertrain in the offer.
2020 Ford Explorer Redesign
This redesign brings tons of significant novelties. As we already mentioned, there is a completely new platform, which brings a completely new layout. While the previous model was a typical economy SUV, with front-wheel drive, the new one is much closer to the premium segment. Not only that it features standard RWD, but also features longitudinally mounted engine, which is usually reserved for premium cars. All these novelties make 2020 Ford Explorer far more exclusive than before.
The great driving experience is on the focus and it looks like the company made huge progress in this aspect. After all, that wasn’t too hard, considering that the previous model actually features a Volvo-derived platform from two decades ago. The new model is lighter for about 200 pounds, but that’s not the only benefit for sure. Also, it is important to say that the new model is significantly bigger. It is longer, with more inches in wheelbase and significantly improved overall comfort.
The first thing that you’ll notice in the 2020 Ford Explorer is that there is much more space than before. Compared to the previous model, the new one features a 7-inch longer wheelbase, which is really impressive. Interestingly, the overall length has been increased for less than two inches, so you may presume that Ford’s intention was to make a much more driveable vehicle. Of course, this also means much more space on the inside. The new model comes with three very spacious rows of seats. Even the third row is quite generous, which isn’t a surprise, considering the size.
When it comes to the interior quality, once again there are significant improvements. The new cabin is a very nice place to be in, definitely much more attractive compared to Chevy Traverse and similar rivals, pretty much on par with Japanese competitors. The dashboard looks attractive and it is highlighted by a new, vertically-positioned tablet-like touchscreen and other tech goodies. Higher trim levels add a lot of new materials and pretty exclusive color schemes, so the SUV is even comparable with premium models in such versions.
2020 Ford Explorer Engines
The engine lineup is pretty long. Of course, there are the company’s familiar EcoBoost units. Base models are equipped with a familiar 2.3-liter four-cylinder, which delivers around 300 horsepower. It seems like enough power for most drivers. Another strong point of this engine is a pretty good fuel economy, which goes around 21 mpg in the city and 28 mpg on the highway.
Those who prefer more power can go for a new 3.0-liter V6, which delivers around 365 horsepower. It will definitely give you a better driving experience, but prepare yourself for more often stops to gas stations, as the fuel economy goes around 18 mpg in the city and 24 mpg on the highway.
Finally, there is a hi-performance ST-badged version of the new SUV. This one will feature the same V6 engine, but tuned to 400 horsepower. Of course, this version will also come with upgrades in terms of suspension, visual enhancements etc.
All engines are paired with the company’s new 10-speed automatic. Also, the company claims that every version of the new Explorer will be able to tow at least 5.000 pounds.
One of the most interesting novelties for the next year should be 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid. The new powertrain comes with not so typical design, as it features a 44-hp electric motor that sits exactly between a 3.3-liter gasoline engine and transmission. Practically, this means that the focus is rather on performances than fuel economy. A similar setup is expected to be seen in the new F-150 Hybrid. This particular version features a max output of 314 horsepower, which is pretty average for the class. On the other side, the company claims that the combined fuel economy will go around 27/28 miles per gallon. That’s on par with the Highlander, though we presume that the numbers will be a little bit lower in real-world conditions.
2020 Ford Explorer Price
The 2020 Ford Explorer price starts at around 33.000 dollars. On the other side, the highest trims can easily get close to 60.000 dollars.