2020 Ford Explorer
The 2020 Ford Explorer received a complete overhaul, consisting of a redesign and re-engineering, representing the first model year of the sixth-generation Explorer.
Changes, Updates, New Features
The 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new from the ground up. Here’s what we expect from Ford’s full-size three-row SUV.
- Model line:
- Explorer XLT
- Explorer Limited
- Explorer ST
- Explorer Platinum
- All-new exterior design that is similar to, but still substantially different from the last-generation Ford Explorer
- Rather than switching to aluminum body panels like Ford’s body-on-frame models (F-Series, Expedition, Navigator), the 2020 Explorer continues to use steel for its panels
- Explorer ST gets unique front and rear fascias, blacked out wheels, red brake calipers and unique quad tip exhaust
- Explorer Platinum gets unique chromed out exterior cues, such as grille, wheels and rocker panels.
- All-new interior, delivering a more space-efficient design, greater comfort, and more space for passengers and cargo
- All-new in-vehicle technology, including an updated version of the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi.
- Explorer ST and Platinum come with a new 10.1-inch portrait style screen, while Explorer XLT and Limited come with a standard 8-inch screen.
- All trim levels come with a fully digital gauge cluster
- B&O by Bang & Olufson sound system offered as standard equipment on Explorer Limited, ST and Platinum
- Seven-passenger seating with second row comprised of dual captain chairs
- Drivetrain and Chassis:
- All-new drivetrain configuration, with a longitudinally-placed engine and transmission for better front-rear weight distribution, delivering improved driving and handling characteristics
- Rides on the Ford CD6 platform
- Ten-speed automatic transmission throughout the entire lineup
- All new hybrid powertrain
- Reduced weight over current model, roughly by 200 pounds, resulting in improvements in fuel economy and handling
The 2020 Ford Explorer continues to be offered as a three-row full-size crossover SUV. Total number of doors is five (including the hatch). The 2020 Ford Explorer only comes in one body style no matter which trim level is selected.
However, unique styling cues are applied to Explorer ST and Explorer Platinum to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.
The 2020 Ford Explorer had a total of four distinct powertrains, with one of them being carried over from the last-generation model.
2020 Ford Explorer Engines
|2.3L EcoBoost I4 gasoline||10-speed automatic||300||310|
|3.3L hybrid V6 hybrid||10-speed automatic||318||N/A|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6 gasoline||10-speed automatic||365||380|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6 gasoline||10-speed automatic||400||415|
The 2020 Ford Explorer sees several changes to the model lineup. The new model lineup is as follows:
|Drive Wheels||Trim Level||Engine|
|RWD||XLT||2.3L EcoBoost I4|
|AWD||XLT||2.3L EcoBoost I4|
|RWD||Limited||2.3L EcoBoost I4|
|AWD||Limited||2.3L EcoBoost I4|
|RWD||Limited||3.3L Hybrid V6|
|AWD||Limited||3.3L Hybrid V6|
|AWD||ST||3.0L EcoBoost V6|
|AWD||Platinum||3.0L EcoBoost V6|
All variations of the sixth-generation Ford Explorer ride on the Ford CD6 platform shared with the following vehicles:
The 2020 Explorer is assembled at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A plant in China will assemble the vehicle for the Chinese domestic market.
The 2020 Ford Explorer follows the regular Ford model year rollover sequence. Vehicles have arrived in U.S. dealerships as we write this.
We expect the current, sixth-generation Ford Explorer to remain into production for at least the next four-years. There are no plans to update the vehicle since this is an all-new Ford Explorer launched for the 2020 model year.
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|Total vehicle length||199.3|
|Total vehicle height||69.8|
|Total vehicle width (with mirrors)||89.9|
|Head room (first row)||38.9|
|Head room (second row)||38.2|
|Head room (third row)||38.9|
|Leg room (first row)||43|
|Leg room (second row)||39|
|Leg room (third row)||32.2|
Engines And Transmissions
|2.3L EcoBoost I4||300||310||Ten-speed automatic|
|3.3L Hybrid V6||318||N/A||Ten-speed automatic|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6||365||380||Ten-speed automatic|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6||400||415||Ten-speed automatic|
|Passenger volume||152.7 cu-ft|
|Cargo volume behind 3rd row||152.7 cu-ft|
|Cargo volume behind 2nd row||47.9 cu-ft|
|Cargo volume behind 1st row||87.8 cu-ft|
|Base curb weight||4345 lb|
|Engine||Drive Wheels||Towing Rating|
|3.3L Hybrod V6*||RWD||5000 lb|
|3.3L Hybrid V6*||AWD||5000 lb|
|2.3L EcoBoost I4*||RWD||5300 lb|
|2.3L EcoBoost I4*||AWD||5300 lb|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6 (ST)||AWD||5600 lb|
|3.0L EcoBoost V6 (Platinum)||AWD||5600 lb|
*Requires Class III Trailer Tow Package
|Trim||Engine||Drive Wheels||Starting MSRP|
|XLT||2.3L EcoBoost I4||RWD||$36 675|
|XLT||2.3L EcoBoost I4||AWD||$38 665|
|Limited||2.3L EcoBoost I4||RWD||$48 130|
|Limited||2.3L EcoBoost I4||AWD||$50 120|
|Limited||3.3L Hybrid V6||RWD||$52 270|
|Limited||3.3L Hybrid V6||AWD||$54 465|
|ST||3.0L EcoBoost V6||AWD||$54 740|
|Platinum||3.0L EcoBoost V6||AWD||$58 250|