The 2019 North American International Auto Show saw Ford unveil the all-new Ford Explorer. Available in two turbocharged variants, as well as a hybrid, the new Explorer combines power, space and practicality in a high-tech package.
Now, the Ford Explorer is now available as a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle. Officially making its world debut in Europe is the 2020 Explorer PHEV. The new plug-in hybrid joins the EcoBoost models, as well as the standard hybrid that was launched three months ago.
Under the hood, the Explorer PHEV is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that cranks out 354 PS. It gets a helping hand from an electric motor, giving the Explorer PHEV a combined system output of 450 PS and 840 Nm of torque. Thanks to a 13.1-kWh battery pack, the SUV is capable of traveling up to 40 km on pure electric energy.
Like the standard turbocharged counterparts, the Explorer PHEV is also mated to a ten-speed automatic transmission and comes with all-wheel drive as standard. With more than 800 Nm of pulling power, Ford claimed that the PHEV Explorer can tow up to 2,500 kg worth of payload. In addition, the PHEV powertrain has selectable driving modes: Normal, Sport, Towing, Snow and more.
As far as looks are concerned, the PHEV Explorer gets the same aesthetic design as its stablemates. Borrowing styling cues from the Edge ST, the SUV features a sharper and bolder front fascia, along with new front and rear bumper designs. It now comes with shorter overhangs, a sloping roofline, as well as a new set of headlights and taillights.
“I am very excited about the iconic Ford Explorer coming to Europe. The all-new Explorer comes with unstoppable design and phenomenal specification. The most versatile SUV we have ever offered for customers in the region is able to carry seven adults in comfort, tow a 2,500 kg trailer with ease, and still deliver 40 km (25 miles) zero-emissions city driving range,” said Roelant de Waard, vice president, Marketing Sales and Service Ford of Europe.