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[Photos] 2020 Ford Explorer Gets Powerful Engines, Lots of Tech, Plenty of Style

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2020 Ford Explorer Platinum

2020 Ford Explorer Platinum

The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer made its world premiere at Ford Field in Detroit at a special event attended by Ford employees, dealers, supplier, and enthusiasts as well as government officials and media members. Set to hit the market this coming summer, the 2020 Ford Explorer will only cost $400 more than the outgoing model from base and will include all-new Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid variants.

“Explorer drivers told us what they want — more capability, more power, more space,” said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford’s head of product development and purchasing. “They want more technology, not just for the driver, but for the whole family. And they want all of it with a beautifully sporty exterior. This new Explorer gives them all of that, and more, helping make every journey more enjoyable.”

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2020 Explorer, Explorer Hybrid and Explorer ST

From left to right: 2020 Ford Explorer, 2020 Ford Explorer Limited Hybrid, 2020 Ford Explorer ST

The standard Ford Explorer will be exceptionally well-equipped, boasting a 300-horsepower 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine with 10-speed automatic transmission, 8-inch digital touch screen interface with SYNC 3, FordPass Connect Wi-Fi, and a power liftgate. The base Explorer will be able to tow up to 5,300 pounds with the available Class III Trailer Tow Package, which beats the 3,000 max towing capacity of the 2019 Explorer.

The Explorer also boasts standard Ford Co-Pilot360, which includes Pre-Collision Assist with Automatic Emergency Braking, Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner, and automatic headlamps with automatic high beams.

“It’s not about filling the vehicle with technology for technology’s sake,” said Chris Billman, Ford Co-Pilot360 engineering manager. “It’s about improving the experience, making driving less stressful, and helping the driver to feel more confident behind the wheel.”

Photos: 2020 Ford Explorer Limited

2020 Ford Explorer Limited

2020 Ford Explorer Limited

Class-exclusive Active Park Assist 2.0 — standard for the Explorer Platinum — makes the experience of grabbing a parking spot all the easier, as does available reverse brake assist. The 2020 Explorer is also offered with all-new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Side Recognition, wireless charging, a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster, and a 14-speaker B&O premium audio system.

The available twin-turbo 3.0-liter EcoBoost is expected to deliver 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft of torque with 93-octane gas, making it the new Explorer the most powerful ever built (and even more so with the Explorer ST’s 400-horsepower 3.0-liter EcoBoost). The 3.0-liter-equipped Explorer will be able to tow up to 5,600 pounds — 12 percent more than the 3.5-liter EcoBoost available with the current Explorer. The all new Terrain Management System offers up to seven different drive modes, including a new Eco mode.

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Photos: 2020 Ford Explorer Platinum

2020 Ford Explorer Platinum