Ford's 2020 Explorer Hybrid adds range without losing storage capacity

Ford's 2020 Explorer Hybrid adds range without losing storage capacity

In a release coordinated with the Detroit auto show and a company press conference there today, Ford released a few more details about the Explorer Hybrid, as well as some first pictures.

"This new generation of Explorer recognizes that every family - and every driver - is unique", said Hau Thai-Tang, Ford executive vice president of product development and purchasing. Ford Performance is the group responsible for ST and RS models, Shelby Mustangs, and with Ford eradicating most cars from its North American lineup, an increasing number of SUVs, including the Edge ST introduced a year ago.

The all-new Explorer hybrid - available as features a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain is projected to produce 318 horsepower combined and is targeting a range of more than 500 miles between gas station fill-ups in the rear-wheel-drive model*.

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Prices will be announced later this year, but the standard Explorer starts at $33,860.

Beyond making life a little greener for SUV owners, Explorer chief engineer Bill Gubing points out that "Reduced cargo space in hybrids is a thing of the past for Ford customers". "With an all-new ST and an all-new hybrid, there truly is an Explorer for every adventure". The 400-hp 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 also spins up 415 lb-ft of torque; a 365-horse version of the same engine is available in the range-topping Explorer Platinum. The company says it's estimating a 143-mph top speed. "More than anything, it's just a hell of a lot of fun to drive". The 10-speed automatic transmission, also used in the regular Explorer, is similar to the unit already in use in Ford's Mustang and F-150, so it should have no problem shuffling the output to the ST's standard all-wheel drive. Like the Edge ST, the Explorer ST includes a sport mode that tightens the steering system, makes the throttle response more aggressive, increases the gear shift speed, and enhances the engine note. ST-exclusive leather seating seating and interior trim team with a chunky, flat-bottom heated steering wheel bring the sporty feel inside.

Options include the ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack, both of which come with 21-inch aluminum wheels, red brake calipers, and their own individual brake upgrades. In today's announcement, Ford added that the Explorer Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack will be liquid-cooled and fitted below the second-row seats in a way that preserves passenger and cargo space.

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