U Spy 2019 Ford Explorer Just As NY Auto Show Debut Rumors Emerge

There’s been a rumor going around these days that Ford’s next generation 2019 Explorer could make its world debut at the NY Auto Show debut, despite previous reports placing its introduction next year.

We’ll know soon enough if that’s the case, but until then, Carscoops’ extraordinaire reader Brett Borgard caught Ford testing the new Explorer in Colorado.

If there’s something you can expect from the next-generation Ford Explorer is an increase in size, at least based on what we can see in these images.

The new Explorer won’t be just another people hauler for Ford. In fact, judging by the success of the current model, we’d say the new one has some pretty big shoes to fill.

It wasn’t that long ago that we saw a study showing how the Explorer Sport was the best-sold vehicle out of any non-luxury SUV models among Gen-X buyers in the US.

This prompted Ford Explorer marketing manager, Omar Odeh to state that “when consumers look at the Explorer Sport, they see all the style and performance of a luxury SUV, but at roughly $20,000 less.” In other words, Ford managed to design a car that attracts buyers mostly because of how it looks, which is quite an achievement.

Despite the heavy camouflage, we can still picture the a similarly modern design language residing underneath all that vinyl. The fact that it seems bigger should help it not just in practical terms, but also visually as it could look a bit more elegant/streamlined.

According to Autonews, the fact that it has all these flat body panels could mean that Ford made extensive use of aluminum for the doors, hood and tailgate.

It’s also possible that the next-gen Explorer could remain front-wheel driven as standard, with an option for all-wheel drive should customers require it. Another interesting tidbit is that it could receive a new nine-speed automatic transmission, co-developed by Ford together with General Motors – like the one that debuted in the 2017 Malibu.

Once on the road, the 2019 Explorer will continue to compete against the likes of the Toyota Highlander, Hyundai Santa Fe, Honda Pilot, Kia Sorento, GMC Acadia, Nissan Pathfinder and quite a few others.

Photo Credits: Brett Borgard


  • Matt

    Here’s hoping Ford sorts out that passenger-side wiper arm before production.

    • Benjamin B.

      I have an Escape 2.0L EcoBoost. The wipers still freak me out how they go in opposite directions.

      • donald seymour

        Question, how do your break pedal feels when stopping?

      • Matt

        They are called ‘butterfly wipers’, and they are commonplace on many minivans in Europe (and on most Seat models).

        I’m referencing this prototype which seems to have a wiper arm that ‘sticks up’ above the windscreen on an odd angle, usually this is a DIY solution to stop the blade from ‘webbing’ by putting more pressure on the glass.

  • Benjamin B.

    The MTV generation and their big ass SUVs.

    • Kash

      And the baby boomers and their minivans and uncool station wagons. They’re the ones to blame for this really (so are the people who made ugly wagons though).

      They raised their kids in minivans and then those kids grew wanting the same kind of space and usability but hated the image their parents portrayed with said minivans so they flocked to SUV’s, different image which they felt was better and they offer the same amount of usability.

      edit: also i’ve been seeing way more older people driving these things, at least the higher spec Titanium and Limited ones. I bet these things see more walkers and wheelchairs than they do strollers. That’s just a personal observation though.

      • Six Thousand Times

        Trying to understand the phrase “uncool station wagons.”

        • Kash

          ’92 Honda Accord. Never cool. I love every wagon for being a wagon but not every wagon is that great looking.

          • Six Thousand Times

            Wow, I thought you’d come up with a hard one to defend, The CB Accord was perhaps the height of Accordism with its double wishbones all around, 2.2-litre 16 valve power and even 4-wheel steering on some of them (not in America IIRC) And the wagon was the one to get. Put a Mugen bodykit on that sucker and some Enkeis or Watanabes and you’re really motoring. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/3d4a2a30786e40762e4c3a61dfb4242d4825c0809e3bc8b63acc6266092abb3a.jpg

          • Kash

            Performance wise, maybe, but come on, it looks horrible. It looks like the Escort and Corolla wagons. And let’s not forget the Tercel, the original Pontiac Aztek.

          • Six Thousand Times

            I think it looks great – nice glasshouse and a sloping backlight.

          • Kash

            To each their own I guess.

  • Benjamin B.

    Who says this isn’t a new Lincoln Aviator /MKT ?

    • pjl35

      Neither the grille nor the headlight arrangement are in line with what we’ve seen on the Continental, MKZ facelift, or upcoming Navigator for starters…

  • ErnieB

    Hopefully they make their seats a lot more comfortable!! Worst front seats I have ever sat on and I was driving the Limited!

    • kachuks

      Thought I was the only one. One of my company’s fleet vehicles which I drove for a year. It’s like they purposely designed a seat that replicated ten years worth of use.

      • ErnieB

        Its unfortunate because it’s a really nice looking car.. you’d think that after having their hands on Volvo for all those years they’d learn how to make comfy seats..

  • john1168

    Looks like another REFRESH of the SAME OLD platform that’s currently being used. I hope I’m wrong but looking at the doors, I have a feeling I’m right… ugh…

    • jit

      The reason is Fords Explorer is still a huge favorite of many US buyers, so changing whats good on Explorer platform is not what Ford wants,…Ford already has 2 3 row SUVS, the Expedition and the Explorer , Ford will discontinue Explorer by 2019 when new Bronco and its road going partner AKA Everest arrives to US, till then the Explorer is nothing more than a gap filler

    • Danny Blaney

      its definitely not the same platform. Look how much larger the gap between the dashboard and front wheel is. This almost looks like a rwd platform, possible the new D6 platform thats been rumored for several years now.

  • Carmaker1

    There is something CALLED a MULE, but considering the research skills of writers nowadays on the glorified blogs, I should not expect much.

  • Luc Helterbrand

    how many pictures do you need showing the exact same thing?

  • Harry_Wild

    The local Ford sales manager does not expect the new Explorer until 2020! He told me to relax and buy the current model! I just laugh at him while walking out the door!