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Here’s How The New Ford Explorer Is Different Than VW’s ID.4

The all-new, all-electric European Ford Explorer was just revealed earlier this week, giving us an extensive look at the first of two new crossovers bound for that region that ride on Volkswagen’s MEB platform, which is utilized in a variety of models from that automaker. However, unlike some other mashups between these two companies, the new, adventurous Ford Explorer EV doesn’t share much more in common with the VW ID.4, according to Drive. Rather, Ford wanted to make the Explorer EV its own unique vehicle, which is also the aim of the all-new Ford Ranger based VW Amarok.

FoMoCo hasn’t yet officially disclosed any powertrain or battery information regarding the new electric Ford Explorer, but Drive notes that the entry-level rear-wheel drive variant will be equipped with a 52 kWh battery and 125 kW (168 horsepower) output, as well as 350 kilometers (217 miles) of range. Meanwhile, the more upmarket all-wheel drive Explorer Premium will come with a 77 kWh battery, 210 kW (282 horsepower), and 540 kilometers (336 miles) of range.

While these two battery packs are shared with the current Volkswagen ID.4 lineup, that model doesn’t offer the same levels of output as its Blue Oval brethren, though it’s possible that they could appear in future models. Additionally, the electric Explorer is getting its own, uniquely-tuned suspension and steering systems – with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear that was developed by VW, but in the Explorer, it features different spring and damper rates, unique bushings, and low rolling resistance tires.

Otherwise, while the Explorer and ID.4 are essentially similar in terms of sizing, both look unique from the other, and feature different types of infotainment systems, screens, and various other details, making each its own distinctive offering.

We’ll have much more on the new electric Ford Explorer soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Mike says...

    Well done it appears.
    Ford is going at this with a good focus on their ‘meat and potatoes’ models.
    Multiple price points in a single model is an excellent decision.


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