The redesigned Ford Explorer has been spied undergoing testing by CarScoops reader Brett Borgard.
Snapped at a gas station, the redesigned crossover is heavily camouflaged but appears to have an evolutionary design which will make it instantly recognizable. Styling details are hard to make out but the model has a new front fascia with a larger grille and a prominent lower air intake. Moving further back, we can see a familiar greenhouse and a relatively flat roof.
Little is known about the redesigned model but previous reports have suggested the Explorer could grow in size. Rumors have also indicated the crossover could come equipped with aluminum components – including the hood, doors, and tailgate – to help reduce weight and improve fuel-efficiency.
Speaking of the latter, the redesigned Explorer is expected to be offered with an assortment of different powertrains including a turbocharged four-cylinder and a familiar EcoBoost V6. It’s too early to talk performance figures but speculation has suggested the company could also offer a hybrid- or plug-in hybrid variant.
Ford has been tight-lipped about the model but reports have hinted the Explorer could be introduced as early as next year. There has also been speculation that the model will spawn an all-new Lincoln Aviator to replace the slow-selling MKT.
Thanks to Brett Borgard for the photos!