2020 Ford Explorer To Get An ST Version With 400+HP

The new generation Ford Explorer, which has been scooped testing for about a year now, will reportedly receive a range-topping ST version, just like the Edge.

Powering it, according to TheTruthAboutCars, will be the same 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ, where it makes 400hp and 400lb-ft (542Nm) of torque, though it should get a slight bump in power.

Apart from the engine, looking at the Edge ST gives us a glimpse of what we should expect. The Explorer ST will get upgrades to the suspension, brakes, and probably the steering, compared to the regular models. In all likelihood, it will also get a more aggressive body kit, larger wheels, and some tweaks made to the cabin.

Underpinned by the versatile CD6 platform, which supports FWD, RWD, and AWD models, the rear-wheel drive-biased 2020 Ford Explorer is also said to keep the current 2.3-liter four-cylinder turbocharged engine, while the 3.3-liter V6 unit found in the F-150 will replace the 3.5-liter V6. A hybrid is also supposed to be on the cards.

The Michigan-based automaker is also working on the Explorer’s Lincoln sibling, which will allegedly arrive with only two powertrain options: the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 and the hybrid, and use the same 10-speed automatic transmission as its Ford counterpart.

The new Ford Explorer will reportedly hit the assembly lines in spring 2019, so we expect it to debut probably towards the end of this year as a 2020MY.

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  • Jay

    sounds like a winner but its too bad there is a long wait for it.

  • Wow so ST everything now for Ford? I like it. Hopefully no just some dull performance but also excitement.


    Damn, so I guess an Explorer ST is happening.

  • john1168

    OK. At first, looking at these camouflaged images, I just thought it was the current P.O.S. Explorer that was just being refreshed. Then I looked up CD6. Apparently, if what I’m reading is correct, this next new CD6 Explorer is rumored to be rear wheel drive based (for this application) and not FWD based like the current Explorer is. If this is all true then this next Explorer should be a pretty sweet ride and I may even consider purchasing one. A 400hp/400tq engine hooked up to a 9 or 10 speed auto and a decent AWD system is something I would seriously be interested in. But so help me, if Ford puts that pathetic excuse for an instrument cluster in it (the one with the dinner plate sized speedometer in the middle and the nickel sized tachometer to the left) I will ridicule Ford for the next 50 years! I HATE that instrument cluster as it is cheap and lazy design and is in NO WAY driver oriented!!! Come on Ford, you can do this!!! ….I think…

    • Jay Brown

      it will failed again

      • FactChecker90803

        You saying that a vehicle with 273, 019 sales in 2017 is a Failure?.

        • Jay Brown

          That’s because the companies purchased them especially the government for the police force. But yes their reliability is shit comparing to other cars. It’s called supporting america. America is shit btw

          • FactChecker90803

            US sales of the Ford Explorer were 238,056 civilian sales and 33,075 Fleet Police Interceptors, its exported by Ford to over 70 countries ans sales accounted for 118,000 units, making the Explorer the best selling SUV in its segment, outsells all other by a significant number.


            Hmm not bad for in your own words a “FAILURE”. I am sure many companies would be happy to have such a FAILURE in there PORTFOLIOS, with these sales numbers. As to reliability it has 4.5 stars out of 5 from Edmunds, hmm higher raiting then many HIGH END SUVS from RANGE ROVER, NISSAN, MITSUBISHI, ACURA and Toyota

            As to America being SHIT, well what an eloquently stated Opinion, as my dad used to say. OPINIONS are like A$$holes some are BIGGER then others, some STINK more then others but in your case you seem to be just spilling SHIT out of yours.

          • john1168

            whoa whoa whoooaaaa!!! Slow down turbo…. May I ask why you think America is poop and where is it that you live???

          • Jay Brown


          • Karl

            Stay in your desert and keep riding your camel Ahmad

    • Rich Money

      Hey bro. The Expo has two IPs to choose from. Also, generally speaking — and I am just spitballing here — cars that are totally redesigned from the ground up don’t keep the old instrument panel. So, maybe there is some reason to be optimistic about your future prospects with the Explorer.

      • john1168

        You’re right about all new vehicles and new IP’s but it seems lately that Ford has a total hard-on for the IP I mentioned. They put it in almost everything, even in the new Edge ST has it. I’ll have to go to Ford.com and check out the other IP. Maybe it was the one that was used in the MKZ? That was nice and I wished it was used in more vehicles but wasn’t.

  • Bash

    This is very interesting! an Explorer ST.

  • Six Thousand Times

    Sounds like Ford’s Detroit 2019 big news.

  • FactChecker90803

    What realy stands out is Ford’s new modular CD6 Platform that can be build as a Front, AWD, Rear and 4 Wheel Drive.

    This platform like Toyotas TNGA, platform will significantly lower Fords COST and allow Fords to build vehicles that cover the C-S segments on the same assembly lines.

  • xDRAN0x

    So it need to loose some weight, the current one feels like a huge brick to drive. Of course the V6T is awesome.

  • willhaven

    You would think this is satire.

  • ErnieB

    Make the seats more comfortable!!

  • Harry_Wild

    Photo looks like it is a little longer and narrower then the current Explorer! But I welcome the ST model of the Explorer!

  • vbondjr1

    Here’s a thought for the explorer ST engine, either the 450hp/510tq 3.5L ecoboost V6 with the 10-speed auto or the 475hp/420tq 5.0L Coyote Gen-3 Bullitt V8 with the 10-speed auto. those two engines would make more sense. There needs to be a Mustang ST with the 400hp/400tq 3.0L V6 so the 2.3L can be dropped from the lineup so it could better match the V6 Camaro. Along with Ford putting the 475hp Bullitt variant 5.0L V8 in the regular mustang GT.

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