2020 Ford Explorer breaks cover

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It was just last week when we featured the Ford vehicles we could expect this year. It seems as soon as that virtual ink had dried, the 2020 Ford Explorer hits the headlines. As promised, the new version of the SUV has been officially announced and it looks good!

This is a new SUV on a new platform but still has the Ford character. The Explorer is Ford’s third biggest seller behind the F-150 and Escape so there is a lot riding on this new model. That does mean that this is more evolution than revolution but when the original was so good, why risk it all on something completely new?

2020 Ford Explorer design
The design of the Explorer moves it forward while remaining true to its source. It looks more modern and sleeker but also familiar. A new front end brings it up to date with a new grille and light arrangement, neat skid plate at the bottom and a new LED setup.

A simple hood with minor detailing bulges up to the windshield and over a relatively flat roof to a simple rear end. More new lights, a rooftip spoiler and twin exhausts finish things off nicely.

One thing you notice right away is that the 2020 Ford Explorer rides high. A set of nice alloys complement decent ground clearance to ensure not much will stop you getting to where you need to be.

Inside the 2020 Ford Explorer is a nice place to spend time. The interior has been given a makeover that looks very nice indeed. A new lower dashboard looks neat with nice trim and a large tablet-style screen in the centre stack. Instruments are LED, controls seem streamlined and very usable too.

Passenger space and comfort have also been improved. Ford said there is more passenger space but not how much. Seats look comfortable, trim and materials look high quality and the entire package looks very competent.

2020 Ford Explorer mechanicals
Under the hood of the 2020 Ford Explorer will be a 2.3-litre turbocharged four cylinder or a 3.0-litre V6. In other vehicles, the 2.3 produces 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque while the V6 makes 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque. Both will likely use the ten speed automatic transmission to send power to the rear or all wheels.

Other engines are expected including a sportier one for the ST trim and a hybrid model.

Underpinning it all is the new platform that the Explorer shares with the Lincoln Aviator. This allows rear wheel drive but is also 200 pounds lighter than its predecessor. It is stronger too, with the V6 able to tow up to 5,600 pounds and the four cylinder up to 5,300 pounds.

We will get to see the 2020 Ford Explorer up close at the Detroit Auto Show. In the meantime, you can register your interest or catch a fantastic deal on the Explorer at Northway Ford Lincoln, 388 King George Road Brantford ON N3S 3N2.
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