2020 Ford Explorer ST Packs 400 HP And Looks The Part

Ford’s re-engineered Explorer is officially the automaker’s most powerful SUV ever thanks to a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine, projected to put down 400 HP and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque.

Ford is also calling the Explorer ST the “most fun-to-drive” Explorer ever, and says that flat out, it can do 143 mph (230 km/h), aided by its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive system with selectable traction control.

“We designed it to be an ST from the beginning,” stated Ford Performance chief functional engineer, Ed Krenz. “There’s no mistaking its ST DNA. It has a performance feel with sustained performance capability and wears an unmistakably ST appearance. More than anything, it’s just a hell of a lot of fun to drive.”

Not your average Explorer

Speaking of visuals, buyers can spec the 2020 Explorer ST with the ST Street Pack and an ST Track Pack. Both offer 21-inch aluminum wheels, performance brakes with larger vented rotors, red-painted calipers with stainless steel pistons and larger brake pads for improved stopping power.

Other exterior features include the black mesh grille insert, liftgate applique, lower bodyside details, roof-rack side rails and skid plate elements. As for the interior, there’s a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster as standard, a flat-bottomed heated steering wheel with the ST logo, unique floor mats, leather sport bucket seats with micro-perforation, City Silver accent stitching and more ST logos.

It’s on the move however where most people will get to enjoy this SUV to its fullest, and aside from its 400 HP and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque, the 2020 Explorer ST also comes with a Sport mode, which can be engaged via the selectable drive dial in the center console. What it does is it tightens the steering feel, makes the gas pedal respond more aggressively, delays shifting for rpm-hungry drivers (although the shifts are quicker) and plays an enhanced engine note throughout the cabin.

Standard features on the Explorer ST include the Class III Trailer Tow Package with Cargo Management System and the Active Park Assist 2.0 system, which helps the vehicle park itself.

 

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  • TheBelltower

    Whoever designed the back end of this thing should be flogged.

    • Jay

      I like most of it, the grille and front bumper need some work though.

    • ErnieB

      Opportunity for a 3 year refresh.. at least it has real exhaust tips Gaddammit!!

      • Andrewthecarguy

        I think they do it on purpose, especially the Fords. When you look at the refresh, the lights (front and back) are always treated, and it usually looks like an idea they had from the start.

  • ErnieB

    Okay.. this looks miles better and the tablet is actually doable.. I am sold on this one ..

    • charlotteharry57

      The tablet is identical.

      • ErnieB

        No.. this one is a smaller version..

      • lagunas3ca

        Base Explorer has 4.2″ touchscreen. Higher trims offer 8″ LCD touchscreen.

    • Jay

      I think the tablet rotates..

      • ErnieB

        That would be pretty cool!!

      • lagunas3ca

        Base Explorer has 4.2″ touchscreen. Higher trims offer 8″ LCD touchscreen. Only Platinum trim has 10.1″ touchscreen.

  • charlotteharry57

    After lukewarm reviews of the Edge ST (minimal improvement because it’s an SUV), here comes another one. All to give the ST folks something to do, given the ditching of sedans. THIS may prove to Ford that some sedans are warranted. Laughable. And $60K+. LOL.

  • raikkonen

    Weight???

    • LJ

      175lbs. 180 if I’ve had a rough week.

      • GT

        And it is January too

  • john1168

    It looks a little better in ST trim but there’s still no making that front end look good. And I like the smaller nav screen too. With all the new mechanicals (3.0TT engine, 10 speed transmission, RWD platform) it should perform very well for an SUV. I hope Ford was smart and put a limited slip rear differential in it and not just used open diffs with brake torque vectoring.

  • Rocket

    I like the Platinum, but it looks even better in ST trim. Maybe the styling isn’t for everybody, but you should learn to accept it … these things are going to be everywhere. I predict HUGE sales numbers. Well done, Ford.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    It looks good, very ford. Though at some angles, it also looks like a Range Rover product. It has that lateral lean look like Rovers do.

    • Dude

      Makes sense. Ford’s current design language comes from Moray Callum, the younger brother of JLR and Aston Martin designer Ian Callum

  • SteersUright

    Relatively handsome, if a bit bland and cheap looking too. Nice overall profile with little to no detailing or automotive jewelry as they say. I like it though, really nice interior too.

  • HaltestelleLuitpolthafen

    What do you mean big brake kit?

    The outgoing Explorer Sport has almost 14″ rotors combined with a huge swept area. 14″ is absolutely massive for this things intended purpose and more than enough.

  • Merc1

    I absolutely love the ST version and the Aviator now. Well done Ford. They should sell like hotcakes.

    M

  • TheHake

    This looks friggin fantastic. So much want over here… 🙁

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