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Old 11-22-2018, 06:45 AM   #1
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Behold our best look yet at the upcoming 2020 Ford Explorer. Caught by our eagle-eyes spy shooter roaming the highways near Ford’s Dearborn headquarters, this prototype is almost devoid of any camouflage, while wearing various production elements. Prior to this sighting, our best look yet at the 2020 Explorer was the 2020 Police Interceptor Utility – a version of the future Explorer for police duty.

In fact, this new prototype gives us our best look yet at the production grille and lighting elements.

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Out front, we can see the final grille design along with LED signatures. When compared to the Police Interceptor Utility, the 2020 Explorer features a less aggressive, friendlier face. In fact, we are probably looking at one of the lower-end models – either the base or the XLT.

Out back, a set of LED taillights with Ford’s signature C-shaped lighting elements are present and accounted for. The unpainted, gray bumper cover and tucked-under dual exhaust tips further confirm our suspicions that we’re looking at the base model.



Overall, the shots show that the exterior design of the 2020 Explorer will be very much reminiscent of the current, fifth-generation model, while being more cleanly executed. The all-new model will also feature better proportions thanks to a switch to the Ford CD6 rear-drive platform shared with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator and 2021 Ford Mustang.
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A prototype for Ford’s next-generation Explorer has been spotted again. The vehicle is expected on sale in 2019 as a 2020 model, and judging by the lack of camouflage gear the debut should take place very soon.

The last time the Explorer was redesigned was in 2011, when the popular SUV adopted car-like unibody construction and an inline-4 as the base powertrain. The 2020 model will follow a similar formula, though it looks to be growing in size.

The photos hint at evolutionary changes to the Explorer’s shape but the face takes on a more prominent look with the redesign. There’s still a big, blocky form for the body, plus space for three rows of seats.

Ford has much more radical changes for the parts we can’t see, however. The 2020 Explorer will be one of the first models to ride on Ford’s next-generation platform for larger models. Code-named D6, the highly flexible platform accommodates front-, rear- and all-wheel-drive configurations.

The Explorer will ride on a rear-wheel-drive configuration but offer all-wheel drive. This configuration is the same one Lincoln is using for its revived Aviator, which is also coming for 2020.

Ford's newfound love of aluminum should continue with the 2020 Explorer to help reduce weight and in turn improve economy.

2020 Ford Explorer spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
2020 Ford Explorer spy shots - Image via S. Baldauf/SB-Medien

And once again the base powertrain should be a turbocharged inline-4, specifically a version of the 2.3-liter mill in the Mustang Ecoboost. Above this is expected to sit a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V-6. The 3.3-liter mill will also be available with a hybrid option.

For performance fans, a new Explorer ST has been confirmed. It will replace the current Explorer Sport, which comes with a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 good for 365 horsepower. The Explorer ST's engine is expected to be a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 with output hovering close to 400 hp.

Speeders beware, as the new Explorer will also do duty as a police vehicle. Michigan State Police recently tested the vehicle with the twin-turbo V-6 and found it to be quicker than any other police vehicle on the market.
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Hopefully they'll put their new 10'speed automatic in this and not recycle the old auto.
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Old 07-10-2019, 07:27 AM   #4
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In a turnabout, just five years after it shook the auto industry by dramatically switching the 2015 F-series pickup to an all-aluminum body, Ford adopted a “mixed materials” strategy to save weight on the 2020 Explorer SUV going on sale this summer.

“Weight was a factor in every decision we made,” Explorer chief engineer Bill Gubing told me as he stood in front of a cutaway that exposed the SUV’s structure — including materials that include steel, aluminum, magnesium and plastic. “We looked at every part.”

The new approach reflects the decline in oil prices and an industry trend to use a carefully targeted selection of materials with characteristics and costs tailored to different types of vehicles.

The 2020 Ford Explorer's body is nearly all steel, but engineers used a variety of materials under the skin to save about 200 pounds versus the previous model.
The 2020 Ford Explorer's body is nearly all steel, but engineers used a variety of materials under the skin to save about 200 pounds versus the previous model.
It’s also payoff for the steel industry’s ongoing work to come up with lighter, stronger versions of its product, which has dominated automaking since steel car bodies and frames replaced wood for most vehicles a century ago.

The new Explorer dropped about 200 pounds versus the old model, despite offering many new features. It's also 36% torsionally stiffer than the old Explorer. That means its body is less likely to twist and flex, a key to ride comfort and stability.

That’s less than a third of the 700-pound plus reduction Ford claimed for the 2015 F-150’s all-aluminum body, but the preceding F-150 was notoriously heavy. It’s also such a popular vehicle that it could withstand the higher cost of a wholesale change as opposed to targeting individual parts and manufacturing processes. Buyers have rewarded Ford, which has sold more F-series trucks at higher prices since the change.

The 2020 Explorer benefits from low oil prices and offering a hybrid model that will boost fuel economy without the cost of switching the whole vehicle’s body to aluminum.

“The Explorer is the most use of mixed materials ever by Ford,” Gubing said. “We considered all-aluminum.”

The 2020 Ford Explorer uses carefully targeted steel, aluminum, magnesium and other materials to save weight.

The 2020 Ford Explorer uses carefully targeted steel, aluminum, magnesium and other materials to save weight. (Photo: Ford)

You could call the ’20 Explorer’s engineering a more thoughtful approach than substituting one material for another wholesale. The level of detail hidden under the skin — which is all steel, save for an aluminum hood — would amaze most owners.

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The wall between the passenger compartment and engine is dimpled like a golf ball to reduce vibration and noise.

That dual-wall dashboard has an air gap between walls of steel and plastic to improve sound insulation without adding heavy padding.

Pieces of steel were strategically cut from a tube in the chassis to reduce weight by removing material where it wasn’t needed.

A structural rear underbody rail is high-strength boron steel with ribs to reinforce high-stress areas and holes cut out where there’s less load.

A range of new steel grades and processes for different purposes, including stretch-bending, hydroforming, high-strength, martensitic and ultra high strength.

A similar variety of types and processes for aluminum, including castings, extrusion and heat treated.

The radiator is held in place by magnesium and plastic.

More lightweight magnesium is used for a beam that runs across the vehicle behind the dashboard.

Plastic in air conditioning ducts was made thinner, with reinforcing ribs.
A hybrid system will help the 2020 Ford Explorer save fuel.

A hybrid system will help the 2020 Ford Explorer save fuel. (Photo: Mark Phelan)
More: 2020 Ford Explorer: Here's' what's new

More: You may never have to change a tire with this SUV

The 2020 Explorer is the first of several vehicles that will use a new architecture Ford developed. Weight-saving decisions its engineers made will pay off in a range of upcoming models, including the 2020 Lincoln Aviator SUV that goes on sale later this year.

The 2020 Explorer is arriving at dealerships now.
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Explorers are so expensive and there’s so many more compelling alternatives when you get into the well equipped models that are well into $50k+. Good luck to Ford though as they need to sell lots since they no longer sell cars.

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That's probably the biggest shock is the price jump in the new Explorer outside of the base models. Its options quickly add up. I anticipate incentives by year's end to move these, especially since overall vehicle sales are slowing.
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That's probably the biggest shock is the price jump in the new Explorer outside of the base models. Its options quickly add up. I anticipate incentives by year's end to move these, especially since overall vehicle sales are slowing.
Yeah it’s like building a German model for crying out loud. Starts at $36k and once you start clicking a few boxes and you are over $60k. I get that few people will spend MSRP but that’s uncomfortably close to the range of mid size German SUV’s.
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Tahoe’s easily sell for $60k, or at least they did for a long time until
The designed got old. I could see ford selling a decent amount of higher trim optioned ones and we all know around end of q2 they start slashing 12% off plus dealer sales.
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You can get $10k off a BMW X5 as made in USA making it cheaper than the Ford Explorer highline models choose wisely at actual cost. Look on boards "how much did you pay " before you jump and resale values.
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