The all-new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV was unveiled today and will go on sale in the U.S. at the end of the year with pricing start at $27,995. The new Ford Explorer switched from a heavy body-on-frame to the same unibody structure with independent from and rear suspension used on the Ford Taurus sedan and Flex crossover. Ford’s SUV will be offered with a 3.5-liter V6 engine delivering an estimated 290HP, and 20 percent better fuel economy.
As an option the next Ford Explorer can be equipped with a new 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder EcoBoost petrol producing a projected 237HP at 5,500 rpm and 250 lb.-ft. of torque from 1,700 rpm. Both engines are hooked up to a six-speed automatic transmission. The four-cylinder Ecoboost is offered only in front-wheel drive configuration while the V6 model can be equipped optionally with a new, intelligent all-wheel-drive system developed with formerly Ford-owned Land Rover.
The AWD features a Land Rover-like terrain management system with four settings controlled via a console-mounted knob. Each setting provides unique engine behavior, throttle tip-in, transmission shift scheduling and calibrations for traction and stability control systems. This system also includes a hill descent mode that provides engine braking when descending a steep incline.
The all-new Explorer will be available in three trim series levels – base, XLT and Limited.
Standard convenience features include:
MyForddriver connect technology including 4.2-inch LCD screen
MyKey owner control feature
Air filtration system
Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system
Power windows, with one-touch down for driver
Power door locks with child safety rear door locks
Tilt/telescoping steering column
Four 12-volt power points
Explorer XLT includes standard content and adds:
Six-speed SelectShift Automatic
Heated sideview mirrors with LED signal indicators and security approach lamps
SecuriCode keyless entry keypad
Reverse sensing system
Explorer Limited includes all base and XLT content, plus:
PowerFold sideview mirrors with driver’s side memory
Adjustable pedals with memory functionality
Dual-zone electronic temperature control
10-way power driver’s seat, with power recline and lumbar
Electrochromic interior mirror
Rear view camera
Remote start system
MyFord Touchdriver connect technology
Intelligent Access with push-button start
Universal garage door opener