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2020 Ford Explorer Debut Confirmed for Jan. 9 at Ford Field

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2020 Ford Explorer debut

Much of the hype for Ford heading into January’s North American International Auto Show surrounds the return of the Mustang Shelby GT500, but given that Detroit is the Blue Oval’s home turf, it’s likely that there will be a whole slew of cool new things on display. Count among this list the 2020 Ford Explorer, which has been confirmed to be making its world premiere on Jan. 9 at an event a week ahead of the show.

According to Automotive News, the next-generation Ford Explorer will make its debut, of all places, at Ford Field. There isn’t much else known about the event, but it’s sure to be a touchdown. See what I did there? Because, you see, Ford Field is where they play football, and in football, you score touchdowns if you are successful.

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The 2020 Ford Explorer has already been spotted testing in camouflaged form numerous times, so its proportions and general profile are well-known. Also well-known is the fact that the next-gen Explorer will be offered as a plug-in hybrid (much like its cousin, the Lincoln Aviator) as well as in a high-performance Explorer ST variant (much like its nephew, the Ford Edge ST).

The new Explorer’s performance prowess has already been documented in some sense through the 2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility, which is basically just an Explorer for LEOs. Ford anticipates that its Police Interceptor Utility hybrid will return around 24 mpg in the city, and Michigan State Police testing showed the hybrid variant to have a top speed of 137 mph. Powered by a twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, which is the likely choice for the Explorer ST, the traditional Police Interceptor Utility scored a top speed of 150 mph as well as the fastest 0-60 mph time, fastest 0-100 mph time, and fastest lap of any pursuit-rated vehicle.

So, the 2020 Ford Explorer: It’s gonna be fast, it’s gonna be fun, and it’s gonna be unveiled soon. Get yourselves ready.

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News Source: Automotive News (subscription required)