Ford Explorer is one of the most popular SUVs in the US. It has the long history and has gained the strong supporter base. In their current type, it is a family-friendly vehicle with good experience and managing and also with all-weather capability. That modern SUV also offers a wide range of configuration alternatives with plenty of available characteristics including attractive Sport appearance package. But, the current generation of this model, which debuted for the 2011 model year, is closing to their conclusion and testing model has been spied many times. The prototype seems to be in the early stage of the development and we shall get the new technology model as the 2019 Ford Explorer.
WHAT SHOULD BE NEW?
Centered on what we all know so far, the new Explorer will change to the new platform. The styling should evolve somewhat and Ford will, of course, equip it with the latest computer and safety features. The new model will also carry improvements in powertrain range and energy economy.
2019 FORD EXPLORER: NEW PLATFORM, DESIGN
The current technology Explorer rests on the D4 platform which is also the base of the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT. The Explorer followed this platform in 2011 when ditched the body-on-frame structure for the car-based design. But, the new 2019 Ford Explorer will come based on the new platform which has code title D6. This platform has the similar design as VW’s MQB structure and allows top, rear and all-wheel drive applications. It’ll underpin Lincoln’s potential vehicles like the new MKT as well as the new Explorer. Its modern, lightweight design will help the new Explorer to truly save some weight and increase efficiency.
On the other hand, we can’t tell significantly about model’s external design. The prototype was heavily camouflaged but based on their contours we expect minor evolution from the current design language. The model appears to have really similar design with clean edges and sharp corners. But, Ford will likely achieve new impact with renovated illumination, new grille, and wheels. It may also offer a wide range of available designs and cladding. The popular Sport appearance package should again be accessible from the lower trims.
We can’t tell significantly about model’s interior as spy photos haven’t been accessible yet. But, what we shall absolutely get is quite and comfortable cabin laden up with modern computer and new products and textures. We do not know would model change in size but generous freight space and leg space should be available.
Ford will, of course, equip this model with the latest computer and safety achievements but we shall know more about that when this model debuts probably at the 2017 Los Angeles Auto Show.
2019 FORD EXPLORER: POWERTRAINS
In the engine department, we ought to expect some improvements. But, the new 2019 Ford Explorer will more than likely continue to exploit the 2.3-liter and 3.5-liter EcoBoost engines which will come in current form. On the other hand, the naturally-aspirated V-6 which powers the base version of this model could be ended or we could get a more fuel-efficient replacement.
The model may also benefit from their light structure that may have the positive impact on their fuel economy and performance. Ford will also work with model’s suspension and steering and we ought to expect an even more sophisticated ride.
2019 FORD EXPLORER: ARRIVAL
We expect that new 2019 Ford Explorer will go on sale in summer 2018. Before it’ll debut at Los Angeles or Detroit Auto Show.