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


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  • 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


      • 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.

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