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The 2020 Ford Explorer received a complete overhaul, consisting of a redesign and re-engineering, representing the first model year of the sixth-generation Explorer.

Changes, Updates, New Features

The 2020 Ford Explorer is all-new from the ground up. Here’s what we expect from Ford’s full-size three-row SUV.

Exterior

  • All-new exterior design that is similar to, but still substantially different from the last-generation Ford Explorer
  • Rather than switching to aluminum body panels like Ford’s body-on-frame models (F-Series, Expedition, Navigator), the 2020 Explorer continues to use steel for its panels
  • Explorer ST gets unique front and rear fascias, blacked out wheels, red brake calipers and unique quad tip exhaust
  • Explorer Platinum gets unique chromed out exterior cues, such as grille, wheels and rocker panels.

Interior

  • All-new interior, delivering a more space-efficient design, greater comfort, and more space for passengers and cargo
  • All-new in-vehicle technology, including an updated version of the Ford Sync 3 infotainment system, 4G LTE with Wi-Fi.
  • Explorer ST and Platinum come with a new 10.1-inch portrait style screen, while Explorer XLT and Limited come with a standard 8-inch screen.
  • All trim levels come with a fully digital gauge cluster
  • B&O by Bang & Olufson sound system offered as standard equipment on Explorer Limited, ST and Platinum
  • Seven-passenger seating with second row comprised of dual captain chairs

Body Styles

The 2020 Ford Explorer continues to be offered as a three-row full-size crossover SUV. Total number of doors is five (including the hatch). The 2020 Ford Explorer only comes in one body style no matter which trim level is selected.

However, unique styling cues are applied to Explorer ST and Explorer Platinum to distinguish them from the rest of the lineup.

Model line

  • Explorer XLT
  • Explorer Limited
  • Explorer ST
  • Explorer Platinum

Powertrain

The 2020 Ford Explorer had a total of four distinct powertrains, with one of them being carried over from the last-generation model. Let’s take a closer look at the Explorer’s powertrain options.

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepowerTorqueTransmission
2.3L EcoBoost I4Turbo300310Ten-speed automatic
3.3L Hybrid V6Atmospheric318N/ATen-speed automatic
3.0L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo365380Ten-speed automatic
3.0L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo400415Ten-speed automatic

Models

The 2020 Ford Explorer sees several changes to the model lineup. The new model lineup is as follows:

Drive WheelsTrim LevelsEngine
RWDXLT2.3L EcoBoost I4
AWDXLT2.3L EcoBoost I4
RWDLimited2.3L EcoBoost I4
AWDLimited2.3L EcoBoost I4
RWDLimited3.3L Hybrid V6
AWDLimited3.3L Hybrid V6
AWDST3.0L EcoBoost V6
AWDPlatinum3.0L EcoBoost V6

Platform

All variations of the sixth-generation Ford Explorer ride on the Ford CD6 platform shared with the following vehicles:

Production

The 2020 Explorer is assembled at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant in Chicago, Illinois, USA. A plant in China will assemble the vehicle for the Chinese domestic market.

Availability

The 2020 Ford Explorer follows the regular Ford model year rollover sequence. Vehicles have arrived in U.S. dealerships as we write this.

Beyond 2020

We expect the current, sixth-generation Ford Explorer to remain into production for at least the next four-years. There are no plans to update the vehicle since this is an all-new Ford Explorer launched for the 2020 model year.

Discussion

Discuss the 2020 Ford Explorer in our Ford forum.

News

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Specifications

Overview

Model2020 Ford Explorer
Body styleFull-size three-row SUV
DrivelineLongitudinal, rear-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive
ConstructionUnitized welded steel body
Manufacturing locationChicago, Illinois, United States
Key competitorsHonda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Mazda CX-9, Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, Volkswagen Atlas, Hyundai Palisade, Kia Telluride, Dodge Durango, Subaru Ascent

Engines and Transmissions

EngineAspirationHorsepowerTorqueTransmission
2.3L EcoBoost I4Turbo300310Ten-speed automatic
3.3L Hybrid V6Atmospheric318N/ATen-speed automatic
3.0L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo365380Ten-speed automatic
3.0L EcoBoost V6Twin-turbo400415Ten-speed automatic

Gear Ratios

GearRatio (all engines)
First4.714
Second2.997
Third2.149
Fourth1.769
Fifth1.521
Sixth1.275
Seventh1
Eighth0.853
Ninth0.689
10th0.636
Reverse-4.885

Wheels and Tires

Trim LevelStandard Wheel Size & TypeStandard Tire Size & TypeOptional Wheel Size & TypeOptional Tire Size & Type
Base18-inch painted aluminum225/65R/18N/AN/A
XLT18-inch five-spoke sparkle silver-painted aluminum255/65R/1820-inch polished aluminum255/55R/20
Limited20-inch polished aluminum255/55R/2020-inch hand-polished aluminum255/55R/20
ST20-inch machined aluminum255/55R/2021-inch aluminum275/45R/21
Platinum20-inch bright machined-face aluminum255*55R/2021-inch premium aluminum275/45R/21

Brakes

LocationType
FrontDisc brakes with ABS (high performance on ST)
RearDisc brakes with ABS (high performance on ST)

Dimensions

Exterior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Wheelbase119.1
Total vehicle length199.3
Total vehicle height69.8
Width (including mirrors)89.9
Front track66.9
Rear track66.9

Interior DimensionsValue (in inches)
Head room (first row)38.9
Head room (second row)38.2
Head room (third row)38.9
Leg room (first row)43
Leg room (second row)39
Leg room (third row)32.2

Capacities

CapacitiesValue
Seating capacity7
Passenger volume152.7 cu-ft
Cargo volume behind 3rd row18.2 cu-ft
Cargo volume behind 2nd row47.9 cu-ft
Cargo volume behind 1st row87.8 cu-ft
Base curb weight (2.3L EcoBoost I4)4,345 lb
Base curb weight (3.3L hybrid V6)4,969 lb
Base curb weight (3.0L EcoBoost V6 - ST)4,701 lb
Base curb weight (3.0L EcoBoost V6 - Platinum)4,727

Towing Ratings

EngineDrive WheelsTowing Rating
3.3L Hybrid V6*RWD5,000 lb
3.3L Hybrid V6*AWD5,000 lb
2.3L EcoBoost I4*RWD5,300 lb
2.3L EcoBoost I4*AWD5,300 lb
3.0L EcoBoost V6 (ST)AWD5,600 lb
3.0L EcoBoost V6 (Platinum)AWD5,600 lb
*Requires Class III Trailer Tow Package

Pricing

TrimEngineDrive WheelsEntry Price
XLT2.3L EcoBoost I4RWD$36,675
XLT2.3L EcoBoost I4AWD$38,665
Limited2.3L EcoBoost I4RWD$48,120
Limited2.3L EcoBoost I4AWD$50,120
Limited3.3L Hybrid V6RWD$52,270
Limited3.3L Hybrid V6AWD$54,465
ST3.0L EcoBoost V6AWD$54,730
Platinum3.0L EcoBoost V6AWD$58,250

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