Ford has unveiled the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, which moves to a new rear-wheel drive platform. In addition to the new platform, the 2020 Explorer is now available with a 365 horsepower 3.0-liter V6, which is the most powerful engine ever offered in the Explorer.
To start with Ford says that the 2020 Ford Explorer’s new rear-wheel drive platform is lighter and stronger than its predecessor. The standard engine is a 2.3L turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. If you want more power, the Explorer Platinum is powered a 3.0L turbocharged V6 with 365 horsepower and 380 lb-ft. of torque. A hybrid powertrain will also be available, but Ford hasn’t released the specs.
The 2020 Explorer also gets a new 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive is optional with a Terrain Management System that features seven modes.
The 3.0-liter EcoBoost equipped Explorer can tow up to 5,600 pounds, while models with the 2.3-liter EcoBoost and Class III Trailer Tow Package can tow up to 5,300 pounds.
Inside the 2020 Explorer continues to offer three rows of seats, but there’s a long list of new tech features. At the front there’s a new portrait mounted 10.1-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster in front of the driver.
On the safety front the 2020 Explorer is available with Active Park Assist 2.0 that allows the driver to park in a parallel or perpendicular spot with a touch of a button without having to work the steering wheel, gear shifter, gas pedal or brake pedal. The available reverse brake assist can automatically apply the brakes if a collision is possible while backing up. Plus adaptive cruise control is available with Speed Sign Recognition. Lastly Evasive Steering Assist provides steering support to help avoid a collision and Post-Impact Braking provides braking after a collision to lessen injury and damage caused by a secondary crash event.
The 2020 Ford Explorer will be available in XLT, Limited, Limited Hybrid, ST and Platinum models. The 2020 Explorer will arrive this summer.