The latest Ford’s full-sized SUV is crossing the Atlantic later this year. It will exclusively as plug-in hybrid in Europe. It is based on sixth-generation Explorer and was unveiled at company’s event in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Power in 2020 Ford Explorer comes from 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 petrol engine that offers 345hp (350 PS/ 257 kW) and 99 hp (100 PS/ 74 kW) from electric motor. Thus, the combined output is 444 hp (450PS/ 331 kW) and 840 Nm of torque. Engine is mated with 10-speed automatic transmission. The generated power from 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery offers 25 miles for city driving. The battery is charged on the move with the help of regenerative braking technology and even port present on left front fender can be used.
It is estimated that 2020 Ford Explorer has 3.4 lt/100 km (83.1 mpg UK / 69.2 mpg US) fuel efficiency and 78 g/km of carbon dioxide emissions. Towing capability of the Explorer is 2,500 kg. 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV features Advanced Intelligent All-Wheel Drive technology and a new single-speed transfer case, with an electro-mechanical torque clutch. It adjusts the torque delivery between the two axles as needed. Driving modes in the SUV are Normal, Sport, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco, Deep Snow and Sand. Two distinct variants available on 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV are ST-Line and Platinum. Several safety assistance features are available such as Active Park Assist and Park-out Assist, Blind Spot Information with Cross Traffic Alert, Reverse Brake Assist, Pre-Collision Assist with Pedestrian and Cyclist Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control and others.
The 10.1-inch infotainment system comes as standard in the Platinum version and complemented by new 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that give drivers required information. ST-Line uses 8-inch infotainment and identical digital gauges. ST-Line comes with glossy black trim on the grille, roof rails, tailgate applique and door cladding, along with machined finished 20-inch wheels. Platinum version comes with satin finish for the grille, roof rails, tailgate applique and door cladding, and real wood trim inside with 1,000-watt B&O sound system. Pricing of 2020 Ford Explorer PHEV will be announced when launch date nears.