2 days ago, Ford concurrently unveiled the Re-invented Explorer at a number of media events around the United States and Canada. The main event held at New York City’s Herald Square with Ford CEO Alan Mulally.
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Ford also announces some model info, which will be available later this year. Variety from V6, XLT, Limited and possible a fully-loaded Limited – US$31,190 to US$48,000.
The all-new Explorer built on a uni-body platform derived from D3 platform rather than the separate frame of the outgoing model. Designed originally by Volvo for its 1999 S80, the D3 platform was first used in a Ford-badged product for the 2005 model year. The SUV comes with a road-oriented fully independent suspension and Ford’s optional intelligent 4-wheel-drive system.
The Explorer debut with a new EcoBoost turbocharged 4-cylinder engine and V6. The 2.0-litre turbo-charged inline-4 with direct injection delivers an estimated 237hp at 5,500 rpm and 250 lb-ft of torque from 1,750 to 4,000 rpm. Ford says that fuel economy is up 30 percent over the outgoing Explorer V6. However, the EcoBoost will only be offered with front-wheel-drive. Moreover, the 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine will introduce in various other Ford products in Europe, Asia and Australia.
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Besides, Ford also offers a NA 3.5-liter V6 with estimated 290hp and 255 lb-ft. of torque. With the V6, Explorer owners can tow up to 5,000 lbs (2,260 kg). and the V6 will be available on both front and all-wheel-drive Explorers. The V6 comes from Ford’s Lima Engine Plant in Lima, Ohio, while the EcoBoost four-cylinder is an import from Ford’s plant in Valencia, Spain. Both engines will be mated to 6-speed automatic transmission.
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The XLT and Limited trim levels will feature a shifter-mounted +/- toggle switch for manual-style gearshifts. All models also feature electric power steering to reduce fuel consumption and assembly complexity. The electric steering combines with a new Curve Control feature, which works with the Explorer’s stability control and brakes to stabilize a vehicle that has entered a turn too quickly.
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For your viewing pleasure, I am here presenting you the 2011 Ford Explorer Photo Gallery and Videos.
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Video Gallery – YouTube