Technology abounds in 2020 Ford Explorer

by Frédéric Mercier . Feb 01 2019
FORDThe 2020 Ford Explorer is entirely new from the ground up. Available models will include a powerful ST version with 400 horsepower.

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The 2020 Ford Explorer is entirely new from the ground up. Available models will include a powerful ST version with 400 horsepower.

Only a few days after its world debut at the Detroit Auto Show, the 2020 Ford Explorer made its first Canadian appearance at the recent Montreal Auto Show.

Entirely new from the ground up, the Explorer gets a more modern design, all while retaining familiar styling cues.

Under the hood, things are, again, all new. The old naturally aspirated V-6 is gone in favour of a turbocharged, 2.3-litre four-cylinder engine coupled to an all-new ten-speed automatic.

Ford still hasn’t confirmed its power output, but we expect no less than 300 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine was already offered in the 2019 Explorer with 280 horsepower on tap.

There’s also a new, three-litre turbocharged six cylinder. Replacing the old 3.5-litre engine, we expect this one to churn out around 365 horsepower and 380 lb.-ft. of torque, but nothing has been confirmed by Ford.

The good news is the introduction of a hybrid variant, which will also power the upcoming Police Interceptor.

A Ford Explorer ST is also in the works, with a promised 400 horsepower. But there are still no technical details about that one. We expect it to utilize a modified version of the three-litre engine.

On top of a set of new engines, the 2020 Explorer will be lighter than its predecessor.

It’ll come standard with the brand’s Co-Pilot 360 package of semi-autonomous safety technology, and will even come fitted with a 10.1-inch touchscreen, incorporating the latest version of Ford’s SYNC infotainment system.

Ford also speaks of an advanced adaptive cruise-control system capable of identifying road signs. The vehicle will even park itself at the simple touch of a button, Ford says.

And, if you’re a music aficionado, the truck will come with a 14-speaker sound system pounding out 980 watts.

Built in the U.S., the 2020 Ford Explorer should hit Canadian showrooms next fall.

— LC Media