Introduced initially in 1990, the Ford Explorer back then was well known for being the first four-door SUV ever produced by Ford. After six generations, the sixth-generation debuted in January 2020 and like the Ford Ranger, the Explorer name in the past was actually just a name for a specific trim level for the F-series of vehicles.
In its sixth generation form, the Ford Explorer is well known in the US for its Police Interceptor Utility variant. Here in the Philippines though, the aforementioned SUV from Ford is used more as a capable, luxury family vehicle which is quite a contrast to its utilitarian uses abroad.
The 2020 Ford Explorer adds much elegance to the otherwise macho appeal of the vehicle
In comparing the 2020 Ford Explorer to its previous model year model, the new one gets some minor exterior changes like a new grille and front bumper which have been revised to have more horizontal slats in contrast to the honeycomb design of the previous Explorer.
Also, there are new L-shaped fog lamps. Also added is a new central air intake which provides more airflow.
The revised and updated 2020 Ford Explorer also has a lot in the way of road presence
Just like the exterior, the interior of the Ford Explorer also has some changes. The infotainment is slightly different and now comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay.
The same goes with the materials used for most of the interior panels, dash, etc. but what’s unchanged is that the aforementioned touchscreen infotainment system still gets a Microsoft operating system which is pretty decent but might take some people to get used to.
Other features retained in the Ford Explorer 2020 which many current and future owners would really appreciate is the moon roof which has two panels, powered front seats, a powered tailgate, and that really excellent 12-speaker Sony sound system.
The automatic liftgate of the 2020 Explorer brings convenience to drivers
As for safety, the Explorer has many of the stuff you would expect from a modern, premium SUV like EBS, ABS, a lot of airbags, stability control, a rear parking camera, and speed sensing door locks.
Ford gave the Explorer some really useful driver-assist features like a lane departure warning system, a blind-spot detection system, lane-keeping assist, and adaptive cruise control.
The seating comfort for all passengers of the Ford Explorer is top-notch
The Ford Explorer gets two engine choices spread out in two variants. One is a 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine that can make around 272 horsepower and 408 Nm of torque and a larger, much more powerful 3.5 liter V6 which can make 368 horsepower and 475 Nm of torque on the “Sport” variant.
The Sport variant has an all-wheel-drive while the base 2.3 L variant has a front-wheel drive. Both Explorer variants get a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters.
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