The 2020 Ford Explorer made its official debut in Detroit this week, providing a much needed replacing for the aging fifth-generation model.
The 2020 Explorer rides on a new rear-wheel drive based platform from Ford called CD6, which debuted in the 2020 Lincoln Aviator last fall. Rear-wheel drive is standard on the SUV, but all-wheel drive is available as an option. You’ll want to opt for the rear-wheel drive model if you plan on doing lots of towing, though, as the rear-wheel drive model is the version that boasts the full 5,300 lb towing capacity.
A number of different engines are available, all of which are paired with Ford’s 10-speed automatic transmission. The standard mill is a 300 hp 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, while a 365 hp twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter V6 is available as an option. The Explorer Hybrid utilizes a 3.3-liter V6 and an electric motor integrated into the 10-speed transmission for a total output of 313 hp, while the performance-focused Explorer ST features a 400 hp version of the 3.0-liter.
As far as looks are concerned, the 2020 Ford Explorer looks a lot like the outgoing model, featuring the same narrow greenhous and black-painted “invisible” d-pillar. The new model is quite a bit more athletic and chiseled looking, though, with its sporty front and rear fascias and wide-set stance. It looks particularly menacing in ST trim, which gets black exterior accents, quad-tip exhaust and some other sporty add-ons.
The interior looks other new Ford products, such as the new Focus and Fiesta that will be sold abroad. Much of the focus has been on the SUV’s awkward, portrait-mounted infotainment screen, but there’s some good aspects as well, such as the 12.3-inch digital dash display.
So with all that considered, Ford fans, do you think the 2020 Ford Explorer is hot or not? Have your say and vote below, and feel free to share your opinion on this new SUV in the comments.