The Ford Explorer was once the best-selling SUV for years, but lately its been off the radar with sales dropping sharply the last few years. Well Ford hopes to reverse that with the next-generation Ford Explorer, which for the first time is going to be built off a car platform.
Jim Holland, chief engineer for the redesigned Ford Explorer, is pictured here standing next to the new Explorer. Many of the questions that Ford is getting about the new Explorer surrounds the fact that it is going to ditch its more rugged body-on-frame design. Ford has already revealed a new terrain management system that has five different settings: Normal, mud, sand, snow and hill descent.
The next Explorer is going to actually share its platform with the Taurus, which actually means that it’s technically a crossover, but Ford plans to still market it as an SUV. It will be interesting to see how the Explorer does compared to the seven-seater Flex crossover, which has already failed to meet sales expectations.
Production of the new Explorer is expected to start being produced at the end of the year. It remains to be seen if the new Explorer can recapture some of the sales its lost in the past six years.
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