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