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2020 Ford Explorer Details Leak, ST Model in the Works

2020 Ford Explorer Details Leak, ST Model in the Works

Ford Motor Company is in the process of giving the Explorer SUV a total redesign for 2020. Details of this redesign have started to leak out, including that this version will return to rear-wheel drive and likely offer an ST performance model.

It’s been known for sometime now that next Explorer will be based on Ford’s upcoming CD6 platform. This platform is sort of a Swiss Army Knife for Ford, because it can be front, all or rear-wheel drive. Apparently Ford is leveraging the rear-wheel drive capability of this chassis for the Explorer and its alleged Lincoln counterpart, the Aviator.

With a longitudinal engine and rear-wheel drive layout, the 2020 Explorer is going to have some new opportunities. According to The Truth About Cars four engine options will find their way into the 2020 Explorer engine bay.

Their reporting, citing unnamed sources, says the only carryover engine from today’s Explorer will be the base EcoBoost 2.3-liter four-cylinder. The current 3.5-liter V-6 will be replaced by the newer 3.3-liter V-6 found in the 2018 F-150.

The biggest news is that Ford will reportedly drop the current 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 and Sport trim levels in favor of the company’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V-6 and the ST badge. This same engine is already found in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ, making 400 horsepower. In the Explorer ST this engine is expected to make even more power. Each engine will be mated to Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission.

TTAC did not reference specifics regarding the alleged fourth engine.

The 2020 Explorer is expected to go into production at Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant sometime next year.

 





 

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  1. Jan 30, 2018 at 9:57 am

    I wonder why Ford would want to return to RWD. They are selling 200k units a year. Are they really getting that much flak for being FWD based? It could be a perceived advantage in the Interceptor model, but I think it's already the top selling patrol car. Very interesting!

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  1. Andrew_L
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    CarScoops: "A hybrid is also supposed to be on the cards"

    Autoblog: "The fourth engine will be a hybrid powertrain — another sop to the police market — but it could have "better electric range than current Energi-based Ford vehicles." The hybrid will also use the 10-speed auto."


    Hybrid is a smart move they need to start electrifying their SUV lineup
    2b2
    ^

    CarScoops: "A hybrid is also supposed to be on the cards"

    Autoblog: "The fourth engine will be a hybrid powertrain — another sop to the police market — but it could have "better electric range than current Energi-based Ford vehicles." The hybrid will also use the 10-speed auto."
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    alleged fourth DRIVETRAIN
    Tone
    That's interesting, although FCA already offers something very like this in the Durango SRT ... and the Dodge sells in a tiny fraction of what the Explorer currently sells.
    Andrew_L
    The 3.0 should stay exclusive to Lincoln I would rather they use the 2.7
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