2020 Ford Explorer ST Canada Review – Ford last redesigned the Explorer for model year 2011 and, despite being almost eight years old at the moment, the three-row crossover is still one of the most sold vehicles in the mid-tier. The Explorer manages to overcome a quality of questionable material and a deficient ergonomics with an elegant design, an excellent information and entertainment system, powerful engine options and several almost luxury finishes.
2020 Ford Explorer ST Canada Review
However, according to what we have heard, Ford seems to be ready to re-design the Explorer, most likely for the 2020. The official information is still limited, but this is what we expect from the next generation of the Ford Explorer.
This means that it is most likely based on the rear wheel drive, with the four-wheel drive available as an option. The CD6 platform was also designed to suit front-wheel drive designs, but we don’t see Ford going that way with the new Explorer. This is because a teaser image released by Ford shows an SUV with a bigger ratio between the board and the shaft, suggesting that the engine will be mounted longitudinally. The proportions also appear to be similar to the Aviator rear-wheel drive concept (in the image above), with a slanted roof and a pronounced waist line.
The Explorer may be changing platforms, but it should still provide enough space for the whole family. Expect the new version to continue to offer seats for seven (or possibly eight) passengers, as the Aviator concept showed that it has plenty of room for a third row. Look for a more spacious cockpit, as well as a design that uses space more efficiently than the current Explorer. The expedition will continue to be significantly larger, but when the redesigned Explorer arrives, families who were considering upgrading to a highly qualified meter might find that they do not need to.
When Ford last redesigned the Explorer, adaptive cruise control was generally a reserved feature for luxury vehicles, and the backup cameras were a common option. These days, adaptive cruise control is standard on the Toyota Corolla, and each new car is sold with a backup camera. For Ford to remain competitive, expect the Explorer to be full of technology. Co-Pilot360, the Ford active safety feature set, must be offered, but it is probably not standard. Look for the latest version of Sync to provide an impressive amount of connectivity as well.
Ford hasn’t said much about the new Explorer, but we do know one thing for sure: there will be a ST version. Like the Edge St, the Explorer St will probably replace the Sport model. Currently, the Explorer Sport generates 365 HP of a 3.5-liter dual-turbo V-6, but we expect Ford to add a little more power, possibly pushing it beyond the 400 hp brand. Locate the Explorer ST for a rear-biased four-wheel drive system, as well as a sports suspension and active swing control. Hopefully, it will provide enough performance for the Dodge Durango SRT to have a real chance for your money.
In addition to the V-6 double-turbo ST, it hopes that the next Explorer will also offer several more pedestrian options. The current turbo-four of 2.3 liters should stay, but there is the possibility that the V-6 of 3.5 liters of natural aspiration can disappear. Nor would we be surprised to see the V-6 double turbo 2.7-liter Ford added to the lineup, which could make an Edge ST fit to 335 hp. As far as transmissions are concerned, the current six-speed car will probably be replaced by the 10-speed drive used in the newly redesigned expedition.
Currently, a basic explorer costs a little over $33.000 USD with destination, the explorer Sport costs around $47.000 USD, and the first-line explorer Platinum starts a little less than $55.000 USD. However, the 2020 explorer is likely to be a little more expensive even if the increases are not as large as those we saw in the redesigned expedition. Wait for the Explorer to start at about $36.000 USD and exceed north of $60.000 USD. As for the 400 hp Explorer ST, that version must have a price of between $50.000 USD.