The Ford Explorer is one of the best-selling SUVs in the United States and most popular among families. The all-new version of Explorer SUV has been presented at the 2018 Beijing Motor Show in China but it has been covered with a blue sheet. Despite the coverings, we can conclude several upgrades and changes of the new 2021 Ford ExplorerOf all, the upcoming Explorer will be based on the new platform which is also used in the Lincoln Aviator. The carmaker has also confirmed that the high-performance Explorer ST will be offered.
2021 Ford Explorer engines and performances
The current model is available with three engines and we assume that the 2021 Ford Explorer should also offer the same engines but upgraded. With front-wheel drive, it gets 17/24 mpg while with AWD it is rated at 16/22mpg.There is also a 2.3-liter inline-4 turbocharged engine which is found in the base, XLT, and Limited trims. This engine has the output of 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. As for the fuel economy, this engine gets 19/27 mpg connected to front-wheels, and the AWD version gets 18/25 mpg.The last is a 3.5-liter V-6 twin-turbocharged engine with the output of 365 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. All the engines work with a six-speed automatic gearbox.On the other hand, the newest Explorer ST is also announced which might replace the Sport version. We still don’t have any precise information. It is very likely that the Explorer will also be available with a hybrid engine.
2021 Ford Explorer Platform and design
The 2021 Ford Explorer will be based on the new modular CD6, a rear-wheel drive platform which also underpins the Lincoln Aviator SUV. The carmaker will use more aluminum which will reduce its weight and help in better fuel economy.The exterior of the new Explorer will be refreshed but it will return with the same boxy appearance. The tailgate will also be more upright.Inside the cabin, it will keep the same three-row seating configuration and will be able to welcome up to seven passengers. We might also see more improvements in the technology.
2021 Ford Explorer Release date and price
The 2021 Ford Explorer should be available sometime in early 2019. The starting price should be around $30,000 while the higher trims will reach the price of $50,000.