2019 Ford Explorer Spied, Could Eventually Spawn A New Lincoln Aviator

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!

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  • J C

    Tire and brake package plus the mesh makes me think it’s a Sport. Those rims are the same as the optional choice on the Edge Sport

    • metric

      I thought the same and since it appears to now ride on the 5×108 wheel bolt pattern, it makes me thinks this is a modified CD4 platform which Fusion and Edge with ride on.

  • Hot Twink

    I’d hold off on making any assumptions about its cosmetic appearance. This is more than likely a early engineering-mule. It’s testing the new platform (which can be configured for front or rear-wheel drive) that the next Explorer will ride on.

    Everyone thought the new Expedition was going to have a F-150 front end and F-150 body with a awkward low placed rear window, as thats what the early mules sported.

    Automakers throw together a Frankenstein body in order to test out new platforms, engines, and transmissions.

  • Zandit75

    Very effective camo design. It really messes with your eyes when you try to follow straight lines in the body work.

  • :/ Yurr

    The body of it looks very nice…hopefully it won’t just be a refresh of the front like any other “redesign”

  • Six Thousand Times

    The current one’s a bit of a fatty so it’s high time.

  • john1168

    Is this all new because it sort of looks like another refresh… Ford seriously needs an all new one. If this is all new, will it be based on the Chinese Taurus?

    • MarketAndChurch

      As mentioned above by Metric, it is most likely that it will be based on a modified CD4 platform, which currently underpins both the Fusion and Edge. Also, it has to be an all-new Explorer, because this is too important a product for Ford for it to just be another refresh. This is the top-selling vehicle in its segment, and that’s not something you can mess around with and allow to grow stale.

  • Bash

    My friend have 2016 Platinum Explorer, Seats are not that comfortable or roomy as say in my charger! -I know its a perspective- and I hope they fix that.
    But that Lincoln Aviator part at the end of the article got me interested.

    • ErnieB

      The explorer seats are the worst seats in the market!! Stopped me from getting one.. hope they fix this!


    it’s about time

  • SgtBeavis

    I hope they give it a new platform. The current one is super old.