Ford introduced its all-new 2020 Explorer – a complete redesign of America’s all-time best-selling SUV – in a special event at Ford Field in Detroit on Wednesday evening.
According to Ford, the new Explorer is more capable, comfortable, sportier and roomier – in all three rows – thanks to Ford’s flexible new rear-wheel-drive architecture. Its intelligent four-wheel drive and an available new Terrain Management System with seven easy-to-engage drive modes give it measurably Improved off-road capability.
The 2020 Ford Explorer lineup will arrive in Summer 2019 featuring base, XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST and Platinum models – all with a comprehensive array of standard and available features they expect will resonate strongly with the SUV customer.
Though pricing is not yet available, Ford says the all-new Explorer will come ‘packed’ with more than a dozen new standard features. They include a new 10-speed automatic transmission, a revised 2.3L EcoBoost engine, power liftgate, 8-inch digital touch screen with SYNC 3 and FordPass Connect Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices and more – for just $400 more than the prior generation
The new more powerful powertrains include an available 3.0L turbocharged EcoBoost V6 projected to produce 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque using 93-octane gas which make this the most powerful Explorer ever. Standard on the base, XLT and Limited models will be a revised 2.3L EcoBoost engine projected to produce 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque.
Ford says that owners will find design, engineering updates and technology throughout that will exceed owner expectations for SUV comfort, functionality and capability.
On the outside the 2020 Explorer retains familiar classic design elements. Recognizable traits like the blacked-out A-pillars and D-pillars and body-color C-pillars remain. Its profile is revised to include a more sloping roofline that adds headroom for second and third row seating. A shorter front overhang gives the Explorer a sportier, more stylish appearance.
Explorer comes standard with 18-inch painted aluminum wheels. Buyers will have choices of up to seven different wheel designs including 21-inch premium aluminum wheels available on the top-of-the-line Platinum model.
Other Platinum differentiators include door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish.
Platinum models also feature a standard twin-panel moonroof, special leather seats, plus leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.
Some of the interior features noted in Explorer include, a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, second-row windows equipped with available retractable sunshades and available PowerFold third-row seats.
New E-Z entry second-row seats feature a new mechanism that allows for easy entrance and exit to the third row using just one hand.
With the second and third rows folded down, a flat-floor cargo area offers 87.8 cubic feet of cargo space – wide enough to fit standard 4-foot building materials.
The 2020 Explorer comes in both rear-wheel-drive and intelligent four-wheel drive versions.
Up to seven selectable drive modes are available for drivers to tailor their drive experience to road, weather and terrain conditions on demand. Rear-wheel-only Explorer drive modes include normal, sport, trail, slippery, tow/haul and eco. Vehicles equipped with intelligent four-wheel drive add a deep snow and sand mode for improved performance off-road.
The available all-new available Terrain Management System – with seven selectable modes: normal, trail, deep snow and sand, slippery, sport, tow/haul and a new eco mode – is managed through a rotary dial in the center console. Each mode, as selected, will come with special 3D animated graphics on the available new 12.3-inch digital cluster.
The 2020 Explorer tows 600 pounds more than the prior generation. The rear-wheel drive also enables more towing capability when properly equipped, regardless of engine. The 3.0L equipped Explorers can tow up to 5,600 pounds. The 2.3L equipped Explorers outfitted with the Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds.
Fuel economy ratings and other performance related information will be made available closer to launch.
There is lots of new technology on the new 2020 Explorer including class-exclusive Active Park Assist 2.0 that allows the driver to park parallel or perpendicular with a touch of a button without having to work the steering wheel, gear shifter, gas pedal or brake pedal.
Ford’s all-new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition is also available. In addition to automatically slowing when traffic ahead slows and helping 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.
Standard on Explorer will be FordPass Connect that, in addition to providing 4G LTE Wi-Fi for up to 10 mobile devices, will give 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.
An available 10.1-inch capacitive touch screen mounted in portrait configuration on the center stack will feature Navigation maps can fill the entire screen for easy viewing, or split the space with audio information. The updated standard SYNC 3 system’s more intuitive layout will offer available features such as Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and Waze navigation.
The touch screen shares information with the available 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, which displays important vehicle information such as speedometer and gas gauge. It uses 3D animated graphics to change information depending on which of the seven drive modes are selected using the available Terrain Management System.
The available wireless charging pad facilitates the recharging of compatible mobile devices plus features up to four USB ports, including new type-C outlets, to charge next-generation mobile devices. Up to three 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet are also available.
For audio entertainment, the new 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 – including a display of the day’s sports scores. HD Radio is standard on Limited and Platinum models.
The 2020 Explorer comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of driver-assist technologies that include: Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner and Auto headlamps with auto high-beams.
Other Ford Co-Pilot360 technologies available include Evasive Steering Assist, which provides steering support to help avoid a collision; and Post-Impact Braking provides braking after a collision to lessen injury and damage caused by a secondary crash event.
There will be much more to learn about the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer in the coming months leading up to launch. The inwheeltime.com team will be following and keep you informed.