Here It Is! The 2020 Ford Explorer Comes With Rear-Wheel-Drive

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The 2020 Ford Explorer: This All-New SUV Will Help Save the Mustang

Most Explorers will likely leave the automaker's Chicago assembly plant with a 2.3-liter twin-turbo-4 underhood that the automaker estimates will be rated at 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Those who want more power, and bling, can opt for the Platinum model with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of torque (on 93-octane gas). Thanks to the new engine and the rear-wheel drive platform, the 2020 Explorer can tow up to 5,600 lbs (2,540 kg). About 25 percent of the structure is high-strength boron steel, says chief engineer Bill Gubing, and at the same time Ford is claiming best-in-class cargo space, headroom, and hip room. Other highlights include a wireless smartphone charger, a 10-way power passenger seat and sun blinds for the second row.

The 2020 Ford Explorer has a new lease on life with its powerful turbocharged engines, wide array of standard active safety features, and new underpinnings. The SUV will be available with all-wheel-drive or RWD throughout the mainstream trim level range, including base, XLT, Limited, and top-of-the-line Platinum.

A hybrid model will become available at some point, and Ford is yet to confirm the specifications of the performance-oriented ST, so stay tuned for those details when they become available. A 14-speaker, 980-watt B&O audio system and a dual-panel moonroof will be available.

The familiar styling continues further back as the Explorer has an evolutionary greenhouse and plastic body cladding. From the driver's seat or the second row, the new platform's more capacious interior is obvious, though.

Given the tallness inherent to an SUV, the increased dash-to-axle proportion usually bestowed by a longitudinal, rear-drive platform isn't readily apparent, but the longer, flat hood is obvious, and the front overhang is notably short.

With better packaging, new technology, and more capability than before, the 2020 Explorer is meant to meet the needs of families when it launches this summer. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is also offered. 4WD models come standard with a new Terrain Management System that has seven driving modes; Normal, Sport, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco, and Snow / Sand.

In addition to the redesigned exterior and interior, the Explorer is available with the brand's latest driver assistance and active safety systems, employing the Ford Co-Pilot360 suite as standard equipment encompassing autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, a rear-view camera, and automatic headlights with auto high-beam.

Now, just a few days after the Interceptor's debut, Ford has officially took the covers off of the 2020 Explorer.

Ford has revealed the all-new 2020 Explorer, ahead of a North American on-sale date in mid-2019.

And adaptive cruise control system that reads speed limit signs and adjusts its speed accordingly is optional, and you can set it to go as high as 10 miles per hour over the limit.

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