2020 Ford Explorer SUV’s Luxury Vehicle Engineering Stands Out


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2020 Ford Explorer SUV’s Luxury Vehicle

2020 Ford Explorer SUV’s Luxury Vehicle

Ford threw away the rulebook when it developed the new 2020 Ford Explorer SUV, using engineering that’s more frequently seen on luxury and high-performance SUVs than family-carrying three-row vehicles.

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The new Explorer’s architecture has more in common with sporty SUVs and off-roaders such as the Range Rover Sport and Jeep Grand Cherokee than with its predecessor and competitors such as the Chevrolet Traverse and Toyota Highlander.

Ford Explorer SUV’s Luxury Vehicle

The Explorer seats six or seven, depending on whether the middle row of seats has a bench or two captain’s chairs. Ford claims easy rear-seat access with one-touch operation for the middle seats.

The base model will cost $32,765, $400 more than the 2019 model, despite adding standard features, including automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, blind-spot alert, power tailgate, LED head and taillights, post-crash braking to keep the vehicle from ricocheting into secondary impacts and steering that subtly compensates to keep the vehicle going straight in crosswinds.

The 2020 Ford Explorer goes on sale this summer, and fuel economy figures will be announced later in the year.

The Explorer will be able to tow up to 5,600 pounds, 600 more than a Traverse or Highlander.

  • 2020 Ford Explorer SUV
  • Base price: $32,765
  • Engine: 300-horsepower, 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine; optional twin-turbo 3-L V-6 with 365 hp
  • EPA mileage ratings, city/highway: Not available

Other Model

Ford also plans to offer a fuel-saving hybrid model and a sporty Explorer ST with more power and other performance upgrades.

The Explorer is based on a rear-wheel-drive architecture. Family haulers including the Highlander, Traverse and Pilot have front-wheel-drive base models. Ford expects most sales to have four-wheel drive.

The Explorer shares its architecture with the Lincoln Aviator luxury SUV that goes on sale later this year. Ford builds both vehicles in Chicago.

The switch to a rear-drive based chassis is a radical move. Ford expects it to pay off with better handling, a more even weight distribution, sporty proportions and more.

Ford knows handling and acceleration are low priorities for most buyers of three-row SUVs, but believes an advantage in those areas could be a crucial edge as the market for SUVs gets more crowded.

Rear-drive vehicles have a reputation for better performance but smaller interiors and worse fuel economy than front-drive based vehicles. But chief engineer Bill Gubing said the 2020 Ford Explorer has more passenger and cargo space and better off-road capability.

Better Fuel Economy

Ford said the new model is about 200 pounds lighter and will get better fuel economy than the 2019 Explorer.

The Explorer’s four-wheel-drive system has nine driving modes, with settings for everything from sporty driving to trailering, deep snow and sand and off-road trails.

Ford will use those features and capabilities to pitch the Ford Explorer as a gateway to family adventures.

Key features on the Explorer include a 10-speed automatic transmission, improved off-road capability, a fuel-saving hybrid model, an ST model with performance and styling tweaks, an optional 10.1-inch tablet-style touch pad, a rotary shifter and power-folding rear seats.

The vehicle also offers automatic steering, braking and power application during parallel and perpendicular parking. All the driver has to do is press a button while the SUV parks itself.

2020 Ford Explorer SUV

Acoustic glass and noise cancellation provides a quiet interior. The Explorer also features massaging and heated and cooled front seats, along with a 980-watt, 14-speaker B&O audio package. Source: www.readingeagle.com