The 2020 Ford Explorer reinvented itself for this generation, with a modern but familiar shape dressing its new rear-drive underpinnings and powertrains.
The new platform also comes with a longer wheelbase, which not only improves the handling and weight distribution but also benefits the available room inside the cabin. Most variants of the new Ford Explorer will feature a pair of captain’s chairs on the middle row but a traditional bench seat is also available.
Customers will be offered no less than four powertrain options with the new Explorer; base models come with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder unit, producing 300hp (304PS) and 310lb-ft (420Nm) of torque.
Next up we get a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that’s good enough for 365hp (370PS) and 380lb-ft (514Nm) of torque but go for the sporty ST version and you’ll get 400hp and 415lb-ft (562Nm) of torque from the same engine.
Perhaps the highlight of the range is the new Explorer Hybrid, which combines a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6 engine with an electric motor for a combined 318hp. Ford hasn’t released the full technical details and official mpg figures but it claims that the Hybrid will be capable of travelling more than 500 miles (804km) on a single tank of fuel.
All variants come with a ten-speed automatic transmission as standard. The range includes the base Explorer, the XLT, the Limited, the Hybrid, the ST and the most luxurious Platinum model.
Edmunds had a go in the new 2020 Explorer, giving us the first feedback on Ford’s best-selling and ever-popular SUV model.