The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer has been presented a month ago and it is expected to hit the market soon. The famous nameplate has been around for decades. So far, we have seen six generations of it in total. While the previous models were typical body-on-frame SUVs, the outgoing generation is a modern unibody crossover. The new model continues in the same way, though it features one pretty significant change in terms of layout. The new model feature a rear-wheel-drive layout and rides on a completely new platform. It is slightly bigger and more practical than the previous model and also comes with a completely new engine, with more power and torque. The 2020 Ford Explorer definitely has a lot of interesting things to show and we have no doubt it will be one pretty serious competition in the crowded segment of mid-size crossovers.
2020 Ford Explorer Redesign
Let’s start with the most basic novelties of this redesign. As you probably know, the Explorer is not a body-on-frame SUV anymore. The previous generation came with a unibody platform for the first time and the 2020 Ford Explorer will continue in the same way. However, it will come with a completely new architecture and the biggest novelty is definitely the fact that the Explorer came back to an RWD layout. This will bring many benefits, especially in terms of driving characteristics. Speaking of driving characteristics, the new model utilizes a lot of lightweight materials, so it is also offers better dynamics, as well as better overall efficiency. Also, it is slightly bigger than the previous model, with a longer wheelbase as well. The result is more spacious cabin, with more room for passengers and larger cargo area.
2020 Ford Explorer Styling
While some mechanical changes are pretty significant, the aesthetical approach is rather evolutionary. Compared to the outgoing model, the 2020 Ford Explorer kept similar shape. Of course, it is based on the company’s new design language, which is characterized by a little bit sharper approach than before. The first thing that you will notice on the new model is a new grille, which doesn’t feature just a new shape, but also a completely new pattern, which will characterize other future crossover from this manufacturer as well. Of course, there are new headlights, as well as a new front bumper, which is sharper and comes with bigger air intakes and new fog lights. The rear end is also new, with new taillights, tailgate and much more.
2020 Ford Explorer Interior
Changes on the inside probably more significant, compared to the exterior styling. The first thing we would like to mention is that the new model is bigger, Therefore, the cabin is roomier, with more cargo space, which now goes up to almost 80 cubic feet with all seats folded. First two rows are pretty generous in terms of legroom, while the third one could be a little bit tight for taller passenger. Still, that is a pretty common thing for mid-size crossovers. You can also easily notice that the whole cabin features higher-quality materials. This particularly refers to front seats, which are more massive than before and promise higher level of comfort. The dashboard is also completely new, with more style and finer materials. A large tablet-like touchscreen dominates the center stack, while most controls have been digitalized.
When it comes to new features, there are many new tech goodies that came with the 2020 Ford Explorer. For example, there is a new Wi-Fi hotspot, which now has a capacity for 10 devices, An optional 10.1-inch vertically oriented touch screen is also a quite interesting feature, as well as a new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. A Self-parking system is another great addition.
2020 Ford Explorer Engines
At this point, we are certain about two engines. Base models will come with a familiar 2.3-liter turbo-four engine. It will be tuned to around 300 horsepower for this occasion. Also, count on a completely new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, with a max output of 365 horsepower. Besides stronger acceleration, the 2020 Ford Explorer will be significantly better in terms of utility. Even with the base engine, the new Explorer will be able to tow 5.300 pounds, which is a significant improvement compared to the outgoing model. In the future, we expect to see two more powertrain options in the offer. First of all, we count on a hi-performance version, under a familiar “ST” badge. Also, we expect to see a hybrid version in the future. It will be a plug-in hybrid powertrain, though we still don’t know exact details.
2020 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
The new 2020 Ford Explorer had a premier a month ago and should hit the market soon, probably this summer. When it comes to the price, base versions will go around 33.000 dollars.