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All-New 2020 Ford Explorer Launches In Mexico

After being available for several months in United States and Canada, the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer has launched in Mexico. As The Blue Oval emphasizes, the Explorer is the most iconic and longest-running SUV among all utility vehicles sold in Mexico, thanks to a legacy that spans 30 years and six generations.

As such, the new Ford Explorer arrives in Mexico with a complete overhaul, including a redesign of its architecture, exterior, interior and powertrain, in order to entice customers looking to drive an SUV with the highest levels of performance. That’s because this new Explorer returns to its origins by once again using a rear-wheel drive platform, allowing it to deliver a sportier driving experience and more responsive handling than most rivals.

For the Mexican market, the 2020 Explorer is available in a total of three trim levels: XLT, Limited and ST (by comparison, the U.S. model is offered in five trims – Explorer base, XLT, Limited, ST and Platinum). All three trim levels offered in Mexico have seating for seven passengers, while differing in terms of exterior aesthetic and mechanical features. In addition, all three versions have the Ford Co-Pilot360 package, which includes multiple driving aids as well as an extensive list of technologies and active safety equipment.

Inside, the new Ford Explorer offers front seats with a massage function, a B&O audio system with 14 speakers, a panoramic roof, triple-zone climate control, as well as a 10.1-inch screen with Ford’s latest multimedia system, plus a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster. Additionally, all three models offer multiple USB ports, an optional wireless phone charger, plus the FordPass system with an onboard Wi-Fi hotspot that allows up to 10 device connections.

On a mechanical level, the new generation Explorer arrives in Mexico with two engine choices. The XLT and Limited versions and RWD are powered by the turbo-charged 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost engine making 300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque. Meanwhile, the Explorer ST, available only in AWD form, is powered by Ford’s twin-turbo 3.0L EcoBoost V6 engine rated at 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. Both engines are mated to the new Ford 10-speed automatic transmission.

The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer is available starting in April at Ford dealers across Mexico. Seven exterior colors are offered on the XLT and Limited models, and two additional trim-exclusive colors – Atlas Blue and Jade – are offered on the ST.

Starting prices are as follows:

  • Explorer XLT: $863,000 MXN ($35,800 USD, at current exchange rates)
  • Explorer Limited: $959,900 MXN ($39,800 USD)
  • Explorer ST: $1,059,000 MXN ($43,900 USD)

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  1. Mark L Bedel

    I guess I’ll always be befuddled by the ST option bequeathed upon an SUV. As many are aware, it was originally conveyed upon the Focus and Fiesta models as a performance…complete performance I may add option. Physics dictates that you can’t have both ground clearance and great handling…unless good or slightly less than good handling is the goal here?

    1. Alex Luft

      The ST treatment for the Ford SUVs is about creating a sportier SUV. It’s as simple as that.

      No one is saying it will rival or match the performance of an ST car… but there is substantial interest in and demand for sportier, faster SUVs. The Edge and Explorer ST aim to satisfy that demand.

      Also, with the new Explorer’s rear-drive/longitudinal layout, it’s more of a “pure” sports car than the front-drive Focus ST or Fiesta ST.

  2. Dave

    Will these models be built in Mexico?…….’cause the only American plant, Chicago, is
    shut down because of the virus.

    1. Alex Luft

      Built in the U.S.

      Even if it were built in Mexico (which it’s not), all Ford vehicle production in North America is idled because of the virus.

      From what I understand, they already had vehicles built and shipped in February/March timeframe to coincide with this launch.


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