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2020 Ford Explorer Platinum: Live Photo Gallery

Back in mid-June, we spent some quality time behind the wheel of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer in Portland, Oregon. Since then, we’ve told you much about Ford’s biggest crossover utility vehicle, particularly the rather exciting Explorer ST performance model. And now, we’re bringing you a closer look at the full-size crossover SUV in this live photo gallery.

The Explorer is all-new for the 2020-model year, switching to Ford’s rear-wheel-drive CD6 platform. The new model is available in a variety of trim levels, such as an all-new Hybrid model and the aforementioned first-ever high-performance ST trim. Meanwhile, the Explorer Platinum is positioned at the top of the Explorer range and shares several mechanical components with the Explorer ST. Let’s take a closer look at that model.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum, pictured above in Rich Copper, sets itself apart from the rest of the 2020 Ford Explorer lineup via a chrome grille and metallic body inserts on the vehicle’s lower front fascia. That theme continues to the side with a chrome strip on the lower section of the doors. In addition, the wheels continue with the chrome theme for an upscale, premium look.

Out back, the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum continues the premium theme with a metallic lower bumper section, while the section over the license plate incorporating the EXPLORER lettering; that piece is also covered in chrome. In addition, Explorer Platinum also comes with a model-specific quad-tip exhaust finished in chrome.

The Explorer Platinum is powered by a detuned version of the twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine also found in the Explorer ST. In the Platinum, the boosted six-banger makes 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque. The trim also includes the following features:

  • Premium technology package which includes a 10.1-inch portrait-style infotainment interface
  • 21-inch premium chrome wheels
  • Bang & Olufsen (B&O) 12-speaker sound system
  • Body-color door handles and body-color liftgate spoiler
  • Hands-free foot-activated tailgate
  • LED headlights and foglights
  • Securicode Keyless Entry Keypad
  • Standard Class III Trailer Tow package with 5,600-pound towing capability

Inside, the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum shares various features and technologies with the Explorer ST. Seats are covered with leather surfaces and carbon fiber trim is replaced by faux wood.

Moreover, the 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum comes standard with the latest generation of Ford Sync 3, now presented through a 10.1-inch vertical tablet screen. Lower-end models of the new Explorer come with an 8.1-inch screen.

The 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum starts at $59,345 before freight and destination, as well as any optional packages.

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  1. Tom

    Did someone actually get paid for thinking the GPS looks good. It looks more like an after thought and it will probably be the reason I will not consider a new Explorer. May have to take a closer look at the new Lincolns.

    1. Gary Preston

      I agree. I bought the 2019 Explorer for the same reason. The Lincoln will be the same for 2020. Screen is to large. But, opinions will differ I am sure. Love my 2019 Explorer.

  2. Carl

    agreed.. I bought an 2018 explorer… so, I love the vehicle but I would not buy this year model.. integrate the screen into the dash and make it look like it belongs…

  3. Andrew Sommers

    I had been looking forward to the redesign for a long time (9 years to be exact) as I was so not a fan of the 2011-19 Explorers (so much so I special ordered my 2010) and was nothing short of bummed out when I saw the pricing. My 2010 had leather seating, V8 and a class 3 hitch, my needs haven’t changed or grown and yet to get the equivalent in the new one I would have to pay $20,000.00 more and be stuck with a lot of technology that I don’t want and will inevitably break! My wife and i own 6 Fords between us it would be nice if our loyalty was appreciated but I guess not!

  4. Gary W Ewing

    I have owned two Ford Explorer Platinum’s. I was looking forward to the redesigned 2020 model. But I have to agree, the interior information system destroys the look of class, and cheapens the whole front dash. No way I will pay $60,000 for this apparently not consumer tested redesign. It’s got an ugly dash. The massaging seats took a hit in the 2019 version. They are not nearly as good as in the 2018 version. Then they also pulled out the CD player to save $15 a SUV.

  5. Len Agius

    What a bunch of complainers. The “add-on” look to the touch screen is to keep high enough to be,viewable, without taking yours eyes too far off the road. And they couldn’t integrate it into the dash, because the entire dash is 3/4 of an inch to an inch lower than the 2019, and previous, for improved forward visabilty.

    I test drove a Platinum, with the premium technology package, and the tablet actually looks great in person.

    The 2.3 liter Ecoboost 4 cylinder produces more horsepower and torque tham a 2010 V8, and the,ten speed transmission is smooth. The 3.0 Ecoboost By in the Platinum will put that 2010 V-8 to shame, let alone the 400 HP version in the ST and the Linvoln Aviator.

    The 2020 version of the massaging front seats are an improvement over the 2016 to 2019 version.

    Only gripe I have is the price is a little higher than I like, but for all new-from-the-ground-up, it’s to be expected.

  6. gareth

    Like everything people taste differ but I will not make jugement until I see one in the flesh.
    As for all the technology in it if ford do not put it in they will get slated by the so called car expert’s that review them as they will say they are out dated and do not offer what their competition offer and the reviews are the ones that moaned about ford screens being to small.
    Any technology will break eventually no mater what make of manufacture it is in and a lot of the technology is tried and tested stuff.
    I would rather have a screen that in eye line.


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