Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid unveiled

15 January, 2019, 06:27 | Author: Kevin Carter
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Ford has yet to provide an official fuel economy estimate, but says the rear-wheel drive Explorer hybrid can go for over 805 kilometres on a single tank of fuel.

The Explorer ST appears to be a more comprehensive, performance-oriented package than the outgoing Sport model thanks in part to two available packages. 2020 Ford Explorer ST As vehicle enthusiasts, we can't help but be most excited about the sporty Explorer ST.

Replacing the Explorer Sport in the lineup, the 2020 Explorer ST uses 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 rated at 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque (on 93-octane gas) that roots power to all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Ford boldly calls the Explorer ST "the fastest three-row SUV under $60,000", and it packs upgraded brakes, springs, and dampers. Ford said the hybrid can tug up to 5,000 pounds (down just 600 pounds from the Explorer's max tow rating of 5,600 pounds), which is 1,500 pounds more than a Highlander Hybrid can haul.

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To get the most out of the hot rod Explorer, a Sport mode can be engaged for more aggressive throttle mapping, an altered gearbox shift schedule that will hold onto gears longer, a weightier steering feel and louder engine note.

Ford claims the Explorer Sport has a top speed of 143 miles per hour, is faster than the Range Rover Sport with its supercharged V-6 engine, and is the fastest three-row SUV under $60,000. Inside, the Explorer ST features a flat-bottom steering wheel and ST-specific leather upholstery. Suspension is stiffened up, and the brakes are slightly upgraded.

As for the hybrid, it's Ford's first new hybrid SUV in six years, and the first-ever hybrid from the company on a platform engineered for gasoline/electric propulsion from the beginning. In today's announcement, Ford added that the Explorer Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack will be liquid-cooled and fitted below the second-row seats in a way that preserves passenger and cargo space. Ford hasn't yet confirmed whether the Explorer Hybrid will be offered in the full range of base, XLT, Limited, and Platinum versions otherwise planned for 2020.

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