The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum has been spied testing with minimal camouflage on, revealing some interesting exterior details well ahead of the SUV’s likely debut in Detroit next month.
The 2020 Explorer looks like the current explorer if all of its fat were peeled back, in our opinion. There’s less sheet metal out front, with much of the fascia populated by the familiar Ford grille, angled headlamps and lower intake grille. Beneath the lower intake sits a silver protective cover that looks a bit like a skid plate, but were apprehensive to call it that as it’s looks like it’s made of plastic. Occupying the middle of the fascia are a set of LED fog lights, which we imagine will be standard on the well-equipped Explorer Platinum.
Also present on this 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum prototype are twin five-spoke alloy wheels and protective black plastic lower body cladding with a chrome decorative trim strip running just below the doors. From the side, the next-generation Explorer looks quite a bit like the current model, sporting a near identical silhouette and the same “invisible” D-pillar.
Moving out back we can see a quad-tip exhaust surrounded by decorative silver trim, C-shaped LED taillights and a rear hatch spoiler. There’s also a decorative brush silver trim piece about halfway up the tailgate with large ‘Explorer’ lettering. The rear camera can be seen mounted just below the silver trim piece as well.
The 2020 Explorer is expected to be based on Ford’s new CD6 global platform. Base models will be rear-wheel drive, with all-wheel drive to be offered as an option. This is essentially the same platform that the new 2020 Lincoln Aviator rides on, although we imagine the Ford version of the platform will be a bit less premium in various aspects. It’s hard to say what could be store for the Explorer powertrain wise, but Ford’s 2.7-liter EcoBoost V6 engine should be in the cards, along with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder for base models. Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission should appear as well.
Look for the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum to make its debut in the coming months.