2020 Ford Explorer Goes Hybrid With 318 HP And Over 500 Mile Range

Completing Ford’s 2020 Explorer range is the Hybrid version, joining the recently-unveiled ST in Detroit, alongside the regular model.

Powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid unit, the 2020 Explorer Hybrid is said to produced a combined system output of 318 HP. Meanwhile, it also has an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles (804 km), although that highly impressive number is strictly for the rear-wheel drive model, as actual range will vary.

“This new generation of Explorer recognizes that every family – and every driver – is unique,” stated Ford exec, Hau Thai-Tang. “With an all-new ST and all-new Hybrid, there truly is an Explorer for every adventure.”

More practical, more efficient

Aside from its all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission, the 2020 Explorer Hybrid boasts a specially designed liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery, built directly into its chassis below the second-row seats, unlike with previous hybrid models. In turn, this helps preserve cargo and passenger space.

“Reduced cargo space in hybrids is a thing of the past for Ford costumers,” added Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer.

Future buyers will be able to purchase the Explorer Hybrid this summer, in Limited Edition trim only. Still, you get Active Noise Cancellation, Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, leather seats with micro-perforation and accent stitching, second-row heated seats, a 14-speaker B&O premium sound system, a wireless phone charging pad and 10-way power adjustable driver and front passenger seats.

*Article updated with live images from Detroit

 

more photos...
  • JTL2017

    Am I the only one who actually like the exterior of this car? I don’t like the stupid iPad on the dash but apart from that I I have no major complaints.

    • gfurry

      Agreed. I also think it is interesting that the ST version which is likely to be near the highest price version doesn’t have the ipad on the dash. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/6587a8bc886c6d3864d28de6a2c54b0069a909df5255ca81c66fb57b84a9ed76.png

      • Jorge Salazar

        nice!!!!

      • metric

        That’s because the 10.1 vertical screen is only an option on the Platinum. I’m with you and prefer the horizontal version.

    • ErnieB

      I like it now with the horizontal tablet.. it’s nice and to me more upscale than the outgoing .. I just hope the seats are comfortable because the outgoing model was like sitting on bricks.

    • cbATL

      I do too and I absolutely don’t even mind the Amazon Fire HD tablet in the dash!

    • Rocket

      No, you are not. Looks like a home run to me inside and out.

  • Douglas

    500 miles is a very misleading number. What’s the electric-only range? No one cares about the range of a tank full of gas.

    • Bullitt2605

      How is it misleading? They are simply stating the max range, just because it doesn’t answer a specific question you have does not make it misleading. And lots of people care about max range like people that drive a lot or go on road trips.

      • TheBelltower

        Because it is a number typically considered only with EV’s, and that’s what they are attempting to disingenuously do here. No one ever gives a second thought about the range of a gas car. How much of this 500 miles is gas, and how much is electric?

        • Bullitt2605

          Again that’s your opinion of the article not mine but I am glad you know what all car buyers on the planet think about when purchasing a car, you should probably go work for a automotive manufacturer as that skill would be valuable to them.

          • TheBelltower

            Yes, and my opinion was also that it was misleading. Jeezus… it’s not as if anyone insulted your mother.

    • Jorge Salazar

      it gets more like 900miles with 4 –5 gallon tanks behind the third seats.
      is it 500miles with 10 gallon tank or 35 gallon tank…. give real numbers on efficiency… 500 miles with a 12 to 15 gas is like 33mpg to 42mpg real numbers

  • Matteo Tommasi

    Still ugly

  • atomicbri

    Did they flip the infotainment screen to landscape now? I swear the pics from the other day it was a portrait mode length!!

  • StrangerGP

    Ugly exterior and interior. The side of the central console with different plastic elements stuck to each other looks especially bad.

2020 Jeep Gladiator Gets Three Custom Exhaust Systems From MagnaFlow

The tuner offers three different systems for Jeep’s new pickup truck, with prices starting at $516 .

Lightyear One Prototype Is An Electric Vehicle That Can Be Recharged By The Sun

The solar panels could generate an extra 31-43 miles of range every day.

Honda Dominates List Of Most American-Made Vehicles

Out of the top ten most American-made vehicles, Honda and Acura grabbed six spots.

BMW’s Vision DC Roadster Is A Futuristic Electric Motorcycle

BMW is embracing electrification and it appears BMW Motorrad is preparing to the do the same.

A ‘Subtle’ Pagani Huayra Is Heading For Auction In August

Nicknamed the “Scozia”, it’s got a tartan interior, the desirable Tempesta package and 1.5k miles on the odo.

Tesla Gets Tariff Exemption For Japan-Sourced Aluminum Used In Battery Packs

Tesla is relieved from the 10 per cent tariff on 10,000 tonnes of aluminum for 12 months.

Is The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLS Truly The 7-Seater S-Class Of SUVs?

There’s a new flagship luxury Mercedes SUV in town and it means business.

Bespoke McLaren Eyewear Can Set You Back Up To $2,000

McLaren’s eyewear collection is said to be advanced, lightweight and technically precise – and pricey, just like their cars.

This Video Brings Need For Speed Into The Real World

A Russian videographer has replicated Need for Speed in the real world.

VW Group Considering New Car Plant In Turkey As Its German Factories Move To EVs

VW wants to shift production of certain ICE-powered models to a factory in Eastern Europe.