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.