Ford is kicking off the NAIAS 2019 reveals early this year with the reveal of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer SUV. Don’t let the familiar looks fool you, this thing is all-new from the ground up, and promises to be more capable than ever.
Thanks to the adaptation of the all-new CD6 platform, like the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, the 2020 Ford Explorer is now back to being rear-wheel-drive like when it was still a body-on-frame SUV. The new architecture and drivetrain layout also helps improve towing, and introduces the latest technologies, as well.
The 2020 Ford Explorer will introduce more than a dozen new standard features, including a 2.3L EcoBoost engine and 10-speed transmission, an 8-inch digital touchscreen with Sync 3 infotainment, a FordPass Connect Wi-Fi service for up to 10 devices, a power liftgate, and a new digital instrument cluster, to name a few things.
The 2.3-liter engine is standard on 2020 Ford Explorer base, XLT, and Limited models, and is projected to produce 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Both are improvements over the outgoing Explorer equipped with the same engine. 2020 Ford Explorer SUVs equipped with the Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds, versus the 3,000 pounds today’s similarly equipped Explorer is capable of.
The new Terrain Management System from Ford offers up to seven selectable drive modes are available, including Normal, Sport, Snow, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, and Eco for 2020 Explorers equipped with RWD only. four-wheel-drive models add a deep snow and sand mode. Each have their own high-resolution 3D graphics that can be seen from an available 12.3 inch digital instrument cluster.
Never mind that you should have the capability to maneuver a three-row vehicle properly, if you plan on driving a large three-row vehicle such as the 2020 Ford Explorer. Because Ford has instead enabled the more inattentive among us and introduced new driver aides for the vehicle. With Active Park Assist 2.0, the system allows the driver to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with a touch of a button without having to work the steering wheel, gear shifter, gas pedal or brake pedal. Because parking is hard.
Another new system is the available Reverse Brake Assist, which uses radar and ultrasonic sensors to detect an object in Explorer’s path, and can apply the brakes automatically to avoid an imminent collision when the vehicle is backing up at a low speed – such as when exiting a driveway. This in case if people forget about the backup camera, we suppose.
There’s more. The latest Ford Co-Pilot360 driver-assist suite offers:
- Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, which includes Pedestrian Detection, Forward Collision Warning and Dynamic Brake Support
- Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert
- Lane-Keeping System
- Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner
- Auto headlamps with auto high-beams
Another new active safety offering Evasive Steering Assist, which provides steering support to help avoid a collision – in case you’re distracted for some reason. Should a collision happen, Post-Impact Braking attempts to halt the vehicle from further movement after a collision to lessen injury and damage caused by a secondary crash event.
We could just learn to drive better. But until that happens, Ford’s at least being realistic with the average American driver skillset.
The size and capacity of the 2020 Ford Explorer begs to be used to its complete potential, such as a cross country road trip with friends or family. This is where the technology and cabin refinement will shine. The new Explorer offers a wireless charging pad in the front row that gives occupants the freedom to recharge compatible mobile devices, as well as up to four USB ports, including new USB-C outlets. What’s more, up to three 12-volt outlets and a 110-volt outlet are also available.
For the audiophiles, the 2020 Ford Explorer offers an available 980-watt, 14-speaker B&O premium audio system. Access to SiriusXM satellite radio is standard, and HD Radio is standard on the 2020 Ford Explorer Limited.
To get everybody in and out with minimal effort, the 2020 Ford Explorer second-row seats feature a new mechanism that allows for easy entrance and exit to the third row using just one hand. Ford also redesigned the ISOFIX anchor points allow child seat installation anywhere in the second and third rows. Second-row windows are equipped with available retractable sunshades. For large cargo, the 2020 Explorer has a PowerFold third-row seats and new E-Z entry second-row seats let drivers create a flat loading area that stretches out to offer nearly 171 cubic feet of space – which Ford says is wide enough to fit standard 4-foot building materials, depending on seating configuration.
While pricing on all trim levels have not been announced just yet, the 2020 Ford Explorer will start just $400 more than the outgoing model when it launches this summer out of the Chicago Assembly Plant.
Stay tuned to Ford Authority as we continue to report on the latest 2020 Ford Explorer news.