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The 2019 Ford Explorer is expected to receive a handful of minor changes, after the Explorer received a second update/facelift for the 2018 model year.

The 2019 Explorer will represent the ninth model year of the fifth-generation Explorer. As such, it is expected to be the last model year of the fifth-gen model before the all-new 2020 Explorer launches the sixth generation of the Explorer nameplate.

Changes, Updates, New Features

Following are the changes, updates, and new features we expect for the 2019 Explorer:

  • No changes to exterior
  • No changes to interior
  • Potential changes to exterior color selection
  • Potential changes to packages and equipment groups

The updates and changes described here are specific to the U.S. market and may be different for other markets.

Body Styles

The 2019 Ford Explorer is offered as a full-size, five-door crossover utility vehicle (CUV).

The vehicle is offered for police duty as the Ford Police Interceptor Utility.

Platform

Like all fifth-generation units of the Ford Explorer, the 2019 Explorer rides on the Ford D4 platform shared with the following vehicles:

  • Ford Flex
  • Lincoln MKT

Powertrain

The 2019 Explorer is expected to carry over the same powertrain (engines and transmissions) from the 2017 and 2018 Explorer.

2018 Ford Explorer Powertrain

BrandModelTrim LevelEngineEngine LayoutEngine AspirationCompression RatioFuelFuel DeliveryValve LiftersEngine Block MaterialCylinder Head MaterialWheel DriveTransmissionAxle RatioPower (hp / kW @ RPM)Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)Fuel Economy FWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Fuel Economy AWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Curb Weight (lbs)
FordExplorerXLT, Limited3.5L Duratec - Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmospheric10.8: 1GasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWD / AWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with SelectShift3.39 (FWD) / 3.65 (AWD)290 / 216 @ 6500255 / 346 @ 400017 / 24 / 2016 / 23 / 194,443 FWD, 4,629 AWD
FordExplorerXLT, Limited2.3L EcoBoostI4 DOHCTurbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with overdrive3.36 (FWD) / 3.51 (AWD)280 / 209 @ 5600310 / 420 @ 300019 / 27 / 2218 / 25 / 214,385 FWD, 4,556 AWD
FordExplorerSport, Platinum3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with paddle shifters3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 184,901 AWD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.7L Duratec-Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmosphericTBDGasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.65 (AWD)305 / 227 @ 6500280 / 380 @ 4250TBDTBDTBD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 18TBD

Standard Features

Contents of this section will be filled out when Ford release details about the 2019 Explorer. The 2019 Explorer standard features are expected to be similar or even the same as on the 2018 Explorer.

Available Features

Contents of this section will be filled out when Ford release details about the 2019 Explorer. The 2019 Explorer available features are expected to be similar or even the same as on the 2018 Explorer.

Available Packages

Contents of this section will be filled out when Ford release details about the 2019 Explorer. The 2019 Explorer available packages are expected to be similar or even the same as on the 2018 Explorer.

Trim Levels

The 2019 Explorer is expected to continue being available in the following trim levels:

  • Explorer (base)
  • XLT
  • Limited
  • Sport
  • Platinum

Production

The 2019 Explorer is assembled at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Availability

The 2019 Ford Explorer is expected to follow the regular Ford model year rollover sequence, and launched in the third quarter of the 2018 calendar year.

Beyond 2019

We expect that 2019 model year will be the final year of production for the fifth-generation Explorer, and that an all-new, future Ford Explorer will launch for the 2020 model year. See more on the 2020 Ford Explorer.

Sales Numbers

See our running Ford Explorer sales tracker.

Discussion

Discuss the 2019 Ford Explorer in our Ford forum.

News

Follow our coverage of Ford Explorer news.

Specs

2019 Ford Explorer specs coming soon. In the meantime, we are providing specifications for the previous model year.

2018 Ford Explorer Overview

Model:2018 Ford Explorer
Body style:6 or 7 passenger, five-door crossover utility vehicle
Driveline placement:front-engine, transverse placement
Drive wheels:front wheel-drive or all wheel-drive
Vehicle class:full-size crossover utility vehicle (CUV)
Assembly:Chicago Assembly, Chicago, Illinois, USA

2018 Ford Explorer Chassis & Suspension

Front suspension:MacPherson strut front suspension with 32mm front stabilizer bar
Front shocks:Gas-pressurized twin tube
Rear suspension:Multi-link independent rear suspension with 22mm rear stabilizer bar
Rear shocks:Gas-pressurized twin tube
Brakes:Power 4-wheel disc with Anti-lock Braking System (ABS)
Steering:Electronic Power-Assisted Steering (EPAS)

2018 Ford Explorer Powertrain

BrandModelTrim LevelEngineEngine LayoutEngine AspirationCompression RatioFuelFuel DeliveryValve LiftersEngine Block MaterialCylinder Head MaterialWheel DriveTransmissionAxle RatioPower (hp / kW @ RPM)Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)Fuel Economy FWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Fuel Economy AWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Curb Weight (lbs)
FordExplorerXLT, Limited3.5L Duratec - Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmospheric10.8: 1GasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWD / AWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with SelectShift3.39 (FWD) / 3.65 (AWD)290 / 216 @ 6500255 / 346 @ 400017 / 24 / 2016 / 23 / 194,443 FWD, 4,629 AWD
FordExplorerXLT, Limited2.3L EcoBoostI4 DOHCTurbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with overdrive3.36 (FWD) / 3.51 (AWD)280 / 209 @ 5600310 / 420 @ 300019 / 27 / 2218 / 25 / 214,385 FWD, 4,556 AWD
FordExplorerSport, Platinum3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with paddle shifters3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 184,901 AWD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.7L Duratec-Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmosphericTBDGasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.65 (AWD)305 / 227 @ 6500280 / 380 @ 4250TBDTBDTBD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 18TBD

2018 Ford Explorer Exterior Dimensions

Wheelbase:112.8 inches
Length:198.3 inches
Height:70 inches
Width - Excluding Mirrors:78.9 inches
Width - Including Mirrors:90.2 inches
Width - Mirrors Folded:82.5 inches
Front Track:67 inches
Rear Track:67 inches
Front Overhang:38.8 inches
Rear Overhang:46.7 inches
Approach Angle (degrees):15.6 degrees
Departure Angle (degrees):20.9 degrees
Ramp Breakover Angle (degrees):16.9 degrees
Minimum Running Ground Clearance:7.8 inches

2018 Ford Explorer Interior Dimensions

MeasurementFirst Row (in)Second Row (in)Third Row (in)
Head Room:41.440.637.8
Leg Room:42.939.533.3
Hip Room:57.356.840.7
Shoulder Room:61.56150.8

2018 Ford Explorer Capacities

Maximum Seating Capacity:7
Seating Configuration:2/3/2
Passenger Volume:151.5 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume behind first row:81.7 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume behind second row:43.9 cu. ft.
Cargo Volume behind third row:21 cu. ft.
Fuel capacity:18.6 gal.
Base 3.5L V6 engine Curb Weight:4,453 lbs.

2018 Ford Explorer Towing

ConfigurationAxle RatioGCWR (lbs)Max Loaded Trailer Weight (lbs)
3.5L TiVCT Duratec V6 FWD3.3999805000
3.5L TiVCT Duratec V6 AWD3.65101605000
2.3L TiVCT EcoBoost I4 FWD3.3668802000
2.3L TiVCT EcoBoost I4 AWD3.5168802000
3.5L EcoBoost V6 AWD3.16104005000

Photos of the 2019 Explorer are currently not available, so we are providing images of the prior generation model instead. The 2019 Explorer is expected to look identical as the 2018 model.

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