Ford Says Explorer ST Customers Aren’t Interested In A V8

Ford could have slotted a big V8 engine under the hood of the 2020 Explorer ST but, according to the car manufacturer, it wouldn’t make much sense as there wouldn’t have been much demand for such a model.

During a recent interview discussing the Explorer ST and why the company opted for a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 with Muscle Cars & Trucks, the SUV’s global chief engineer Bill Gubing said Ford wanted to fit its fastest and most powerful ST-badged model with a powertrain providing effortless performance.

“I don’t think anyone (shopping) in this class right now is saying ‘I want a V8.’ We’re to the point of wanting it to be effortless, and fun,” he said. “On the Explorer ST, (customers) wanted it to be where they’re on the on-ramp, step on the gas, and have no doubts that they’re going to beat the guy coming up. It’s effortless, it’s fun, and it’s engaging.”

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While the EcoBoost V6 doesn’t produce the same kind of sound a V8 would, it does offer an impressive amount of grunt, pumping out a total of 400 hp and 415 lb-ft (562 Nm) of torque through all-four wheels. With a straight piece of road, the Explorer ST can accelerate to 60 mph (96 km/h) in an impressive 5.5 seconds. The SUV isn’t all about straight-line performance though.

“By taking the weight out and having new platform dynamics, it makes the front end feel much lighter, zippier, and if you spent any time in the previous generation [Explorer Sport], the 2020 Explorer ST will feel like a racecar in comparison,” Gubing added. “But it’s not about the racing, it’s about having confidence and comfort behind the wheel.”

Prices for the Explorer ST start at $55,835, putting it in against the likes of the Dodge Durango R/T.

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  • Rocket

    I’ll bet a few are. Still, probably not enough to justify it. Would have made a fine mid-grade offering in the Aviator though.

  • Bash

    That is may be true for many, but Im sure that at least few thousands every year will be delighted to have a V8 fitted in that size SUV. and guess what.. I’m one of them,.

    • Dark Rebel

      Would have been a great combo especially since it is back to a RWD platform. A V8 with a hybrid setup would be awesome for that mid-sized SUV. If ford did this it would force GM to improve their FWD mid-size suvs.

    • Nick

      that’s nice

  • Ben

    Other than FCA, nobody is making a affordable (relatively) mid-size SUV with a V8. Toyota would have REALLY cornered the market having the only true mid-size SUV and pairing that with a V8 would have been truly special. I know people bring up the 4th Gen that had it and say people didn’t buy it all that much more than the V6, but it was so similar to the V6, the only difference was in towing.

    Toyota’s 5.0L V8 is small, compact and could fit into nearly anything, especially a 4Runner. I swear, I would turn in my TRD and get that limited edition, generation ending V8 4Runner if Toyota had the balls to do it. I don’t want to hear any of the crap they said at the Supra launch: “Well, we just didn’t have the engine”. BULL! I know for a fact they could do it and pair with a 6 speed or 8 speed with it.

  • Cobrajet

    Lies. Utter lies.

  • rbennet27

    Not true at all. But I’m more interested in its off-road capabilities. I’m thinking of installing a set of 20-inch truck wheels and mud tires to test its performance.

  • ErnieB

    Drop in a voodoo and watch all the kids on the soccer field doodoo when mom drives by with the vroom vroom..

    • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

      WHAT 🤣🤣🤣🤣😭😭

  • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

    It wouldn’t be reliable anyways. Who cares? It’s still a Ford at the end of the day

    • ErnieB

      I’ve own 3 fords (5 if you include 2 ford Volvo’s) and equal amount of Toyota’s and Honda’s .. I’d take the ford over them any day. But I am a ford fan boy, just prefer the styling in the segment of vehicles I prefer.

      • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

        And what does you owning a ford have to do with reliability? You’re still not defending your cause. Please do it or else….

        • rodriguez256

          I’d have to guess if he likes Fords and would choose them over others, they’re realizable for him. I’d choose the Ford as well.

          • A 🤴🏻 THAT WILL RULE OVER YOU

            Enjoy the new home(repair shop)

  • Super Rob

    Turbo V6’s pump out an amazing amount of power. No reason to squeeze in a V8.

  • nigel mealia

    working for a car rental company, when offering customers a Ford Explorer or a Dodge Durango, they will always choose the Durango because of the hemi v8.

    • DHG2605

      How many Explorers do you rent with the 3.5 EB?

    • rodriguez256

      I’d choose the explorer to be honest, it would be rare for me to choose a dodge over something else.

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