A prototype for Ford’s next-generation Explorer has actually been spotted for the very first time. The vehicle is expected on sale in the 2nd half of 2018, as a 2019 model.
The last time the Explorer was redesigned was in 2011, when the popular SUV embraced car-like unibody building and construction and an inline-4 as the base powertrain. The 2019 model should follow a comparable formula, though it seems growing in size.
2019 Ford Explorer Design
The 2019 Ford Explorer is expected to ride on a brand-new platform called “D6.” Presently it’s underpinned by the D4 platform likewise found on the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, but look for the D6 to make a look in several of Ford’s models in the future.
It’s believed that the brand-new platform will make the most of lightweight products like aluminum, much like what Ford maded with its popular F-150 pickup. In addition, reports recommend it can be set up for front-, rear- and all-wheel drive however don’t anticipate the Explorer to go rear-wheel drive. In the meantime, it is thought it will continue to be offered with front-wheel drive as standard and all-wheel drive offered as an option.
The images from Motor Authority reader Tom Poeschel hint at evolutionary modifications to the Explorer’s styling for the upcoming redesign. There’s still a huge, blocky shape plus space for three rows of seats, and the treatments for the lights and greenhouse appear similar to the present model.
Ford has much more transformations for the parts we can’t see, however. The 2019 Explorer is expected to be among the very first models to ride on Ford’s next-generation platform for larger models. Code-named the D6, the platform is when again a front-wheel-drive-based style (with readily available all-wheel drive) and will spawn models for both Ford and Lincoln. In fact, there are rumors the 2019 Explorer will be twinned by a brand-new Aviator SUV changing the unloved MKT.
2019 Ford Explorer Engine
As far as engines are concerned, possibilities are Ford will drop the thirsty naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and will sell the next Explorer with the most recent crop of EcoBoost mills. It stays to be seen whether the 2018 Mustang’s brand-new 10-speed automated transmission will be provided, but it would make sense for the Explorer to get it too. A front-wheel-drive layout is expected to be standard on the lesser models, with more pricey versions set to be offered with an AWD design. The D6 platform can accommodate a RWD setup, however it doesn’t necessarily suggest the brand-new Explorer will be readily available in this setup.
2019 Ford Explorer Price
Last year, the Ford Explorer offered 248,507 units, making it the 14th overall finest seller in the United States It’s a safe presumption that no matter how Ford chooses to style the Explorer, it will continue to offer well among the midsize SUV sector, especially for consumers trying to find 7 seats. Presently the model starts from $32,605 including destination ($35,039 in Canada), however don’t anticipate it to see any sort of significant cost walking when the brand-new model is presented.