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News / 01-10-19

Ford redesigns Explorer for its 2020 model year

2020 Ford Explorer beefed up with new driving tech, engine, design

By C! Magazine Staff


After eight years, the Ford Explorer finally got a complete redesign, making it as the broadest SUV model to date. The Explorer now has more power, space, and smart technologies that will cater to the needs of the occupants.

The 2020 Ford Explorer is now built in a new flexible rear-wheel-drive architecture, making the SUV more capable, comfortable, sportier, and more spacious in all three rows. It also has an improved off-road capability that comes from the intelligent Terrain Management System that has seven easy-to-engage drive modes.

Powertrain offerings include a 3.0-liter turbocharged EcoBoost V6 projected to produce 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque using 93-octane gas, making this the most powerful Explorer ever. The Explorer lineup now features standard, XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST and Platinum models.

The standard features of the Ford Explorer include a power liftgate, 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with all-new 10-speed transmission, 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC 3, FordPass Connect Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices and more.

As the company brings more driver-assist technology, the 2020 Ford Explorer introduces the Active Park Assist 2.0 that allows the driver to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with a touch of a button without changing gears, rotating the steering wheel, and stepping on the pedals. The technology uses radars and ultrasonic sensors to detect an object on the vehicle’s path, and automatically applies breaks when it detects a possible collision when backing at a low speed.

The Ford’s new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition automatically lowers the speed of the Explorer when the traffic ahead slows down and helps to keep the vehicle centered in its lane, the system uses cameras to read speed signs and, combined with the available navigation system, adjusts cruise control settings accordingly.

Passengers in all three rows will enjoy FordPass Connect, a standard feature that serves up 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices with a compatible wireless subscription service. It also gives drivers remote access to their Explorer, allowing them to use their smartphone to lock, unlock, locate and start the vehicle, as well as monitor key vehicle diagnostics.

The 10.1-inch touch screen in portrait configuration on the center console uses capacitive glass comparable to what consumers are accustomed to on smartphones and tablets, providing a quicker, more responsive interaction with the updated SYNC 3 system.

The 2020 Ford Explorer also has a wireless charging pad that allows customers to recharge compatible mobile devices and has four USB ports, including type-C outlets. For music lovers, Explorer offers an available 980-watt, 14-speaker B&O premium audio system. Access to SiriusXM satellite radio is standard and comes with new touch screen graphics and functionality.

Powering the new Ford Explorer are 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 that comes standard on base, XLT, and Limited models, and a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 that powers Explorer Platinum. The reinvigorated 2.3-liter engine is projected to produce 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft. of torque, with improved performance over the outgoing Explorer equipped with the same engine.

Explorer variants that are equipped with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine can tow up to 5,600 pounds of weight, and those that have a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine can tow up to 5,300 pounds.

Available PowerFold third-row seats and new E-Z entry second-row seats let drivers create a flat-floor cargo area that stretches out to offer 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space – wide enough to fit standard 4-foot building materials, depending on seating configuration.

Accommodating families of all sizes, second-row seats feature a new mechanism that allows for easy entrance and exit to the third row using just one hand. Redesigned ISOFIX anchor points allow child seat installation anywhere in the second and third rows. Second-row windows are equipped with available retractable sunshades.