In addition to the 2020 Ford Escape, Ford has also unveiled the European version of the 2020 Explorer Plug-in Hybrid. Ford hasn’t announced when the plug-in hybrid version of the new Explorer will go on sale in the US, but it will arrive in Europe this fall.
The 2020 Ford Explorer Plug-in Hybrid is powered by a 3.0L EcoBoost V6 that’s mated to an electric motor, a 13.1 kWh lithium-ion battery. and a 10-speed automatic transmission. The system generates a combined 444 horsepower and gives the Explorer Plug-in Hybrid an electric driving range up to 25 miles.
The Explorer Plug-in Hybrid also features all-wheel drive with a single-speed transfer case that can adjust the power between the front and rear wheels within 100 milliseconds. The Terrain Management System also features several drive modes: Normal, Sport, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco, and Deep Snow and Sand.
Drivers have the ability to choose when they want to use the electric driving range via four driving modes: EV Auto, EV Now, EV Later and EV Charge. The Explorer Plug-in Hybrid can also tow up to 5,512 pounds.
In Europe the Explorer Plug-in Hybrid will be offered in two trim levels: ST-Line and Platinum.