The All-New 2020 Ford Explorer: Redesigned to be the Best Explorer Ever

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The all-new 2020 Ford Explorer was redesigned to provide more power and space thanks to a new rear-wheel drive architecture as well as new technologies to help drivers feel more confident behind the wheel.   


The 2020 Explorer introduces available Active Park Assist 2.0, which allows drivers to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with the touch of a button without having to work the gas or brake pedal, the steering wheel, or the gear shifter. The available reverse brake assist, which is standard on the Explorer Platinum, uses radar and ultrasonic sensors to detect an object in the Explorer’s path and automatically applies the brakes to avoid collision when the vehicle is backing up at a low speed.


An all-new Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control with Speed Sign Recognition allows the Explorer to automatically slow when traffic slows and helps the vehicle stay centered in its lane. Cameras are used to read speed limit signs, and with the available navigation system, adjusts cruise control settings accordingly.


Ford Co-Pilot360, a system of driver-assist technologies, comes standard with the Explorer. Some of these technologies include 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, Auto headlamps with auto high-beams, and much more.     


FordPass Connect comes standard with the Explorer and serves up to 10 mobile devices with a compatible wireless subscription service. FordPass Connect can also be used to lock, unlock, locate, and start the vehicle with the use of a smartphone as well as monitor key vehicle diagnostics.


Explorer features a 10.1-inch touch screen mounted on the dashboard. The screen is made of capacitive glass, the same as smartphones and tablets, for a more responsive interaction. The standard SYNC 3 system is compatible with available features such as Android Auto, Apple CarPlay, and Waze navigation.


An available 980-watt 14-speaker B&O premium audio system is available, and SiriusXM satellite radio comes standard with a new touch screen. Limited and Platinum models come standard with HD Radio.


A 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster displays important information such as the speedometer and gas gauge. It uses 3D animated graphics to change information based on which drive mode is selected using the Terrain Management System.


The Explorer has improved off-road capabilities thanks to the Terrain Management System, featuring seven easy-to-engage drive modes and intelligent four-wheel drive, including normal, trail, sport, slippery, tow/haul, eco, and deep sand and snow.


Explorer features two new EcoBoost engines. The 2.3-liter turbocharged I-4 comes standard on base, XLT, and Limited models, and the 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 comes standard with the Platinum model. The 2.3-liter engine is expected to produce 300 horsepower and 310 l.b.ft. of torque.


The new rear-wheel-drive architecture allows the Explorer to have a higher towing capacity when properly equipped, regardless of engine. Vehicles with the 3.0-liter EcoBoost can tow up to 5,600 pounds, and vehicles with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds.


Seven wheel designs are available, including 21-inch premium aluminum wheels available on Platinum models. The 2020 Explorer comes standard with 18-inch painted aluminum wheels.


Drivers can create an 87.8 cubic feet flat-floor cargo area with the available PowerFold third-row seats and E-Z entry second-row seats. The second-row seats feature a new mechanism to gain easy access to the third row using only one hand. Child seats can be installed anywhere in the second and third rows, and second-row windows feature retractable sunshades.


Explorer still features some of its longtime traits such as blackened-out A-pillars and D-pillars and body-color C-pillars. The overall profile has been transformed with a more sloping roofline and shorter front overhang to create a sportier appearance.


The Platinum model features new door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, roof-rack side rails, lower bodyside cladding insert, and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish. A standard twin-panel moonroof allows light to flood the cabin on the Platinum model, and the interior boasts special leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door and front console armrests, and door rollovers.


The new 2020 Ford Explorer will be in showrooms this summer.

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