A few days ago, Ford surprised the motoring world with the unveiling of the all-new Police Interceptor. With it, the Blue Oval brand gave us a glimpse of what the next-generation Explorer will eventually look like.
Now, just a few days after the Interceptor's debut, Ford has officially took the covers off of the 2020 Explorer. Featuring a sleeker, more upmarket design, new high-tech amenities, as well as more powerful EcoBoost engines, the new-generation Explorer is set to deliver more power and capability on the road.
Starting with its design, the 2020 Explorer gets a major redesign, particularly at the front. Taking inspiration from the recently-revealed Edge ST, the new Explorer dons a slightly similar look with its horizontal headlights, new front bumper design with integrated skid plate, and redesigned front grill.
In addition, the new Explorer now has a sloping roofline, and a shorter front overhang. Changes at the back were minimal and only consisted of a new set of LED taillights, a redesigned tailgate with a bigger chrome trim, and an updated rear bumper design.
Pop the doors open and you are greeted by a simpler, more intuitive cabin. Gone is the old infotainment system as it has been replaced by a new tablet-inspired, 10.1-inch touchscreen. It gets an updated version of SYNC 3 which Ford claims delivers quicker processing speeds, as well as a more user-friendly layout. It comes standard with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Waze integration, and Bluetooth.
Other available amenities available in the new Explorer are: 4G LTE Wi-Fi connectivity, wireless charging pad for mobile devices, up to four USB charging ports including USB-C type outlets, a 980W 14-speaker sound system from Bang & Olufsen, and new captain-style second-row seats.
Under the hood, the 2020 Explorer is available with two EcoBoost engines, the upgraded 2.3-liter turbo inline-four and a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6. Starting with the former, the four-cylinder EcoBoost now produces 304 PS (+30) along with 420 Nm (+12) of torque. Meanwhile, the twin-turbo V6 cranks out 370 PS and 515 Nm of pulling power. While it still produces the same amount of horsepower as the old 3.5-liter engine, the smaller 3.0-liter puts out 40 Nm more torque than before.
Gone is the old six-speed automatic gearbox as it has been replaced by the new ten-speed automatic transmission. Also worth mentioning is the Explorer's return to a rear-wheel drive layout. However, Ford is still offering a four-wheel drive version on higher-grade models. 4WD models come standard with a new Terrain Management System that has seven driving modes; Normal, Sport, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco, and Snow / Sand. RWD variants, on the other hand, only come with six as they do not get the Snow / Sand mode.
Like its predecessor, the 2020 Explorer also comes with a plethora of intelligent driver assist systems. These include: pre-collision assist, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning, dynamic braking support, blind spot information with cross traffic alert, lane-keep assist, auto high beam assist and Active Park Assist 2.0.