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America’s best-selling SUV has entered its sixth generation ahead of an anticipated UK launch in April
Felix Page Autocar writer
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10 January 2019

Ford has unveiled its new flagship Explorer SUV at the Detroit motor show, ahead of an expected UK launch in April.

The sixth iteration of America’s best-selling SUV of all time receives new styling, a more diverse model range, new engines and, for the first time, a rear-wheel-drive powertrain on entry-level models. 

The company claims that the shift from front to rear-wheel drive for entry-level variants of the Explorer has allowed for a roomier and more versatile interior layout, as well as more “athletic” exterior styling.


Blacked-out A and D-pillars are carried over from previous generations of Explorer, while a sloping roofline and shorter front overhang lend a sportier appearance to the Jeep Grand Cherokee rival.

Priced from $400 more than the previous Explorer's $32,365 starting price, the new model is equipped with an electronically assisted tailgate, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, in-car wi-fi and the FordPass Connect intelligent navigation technology as standard. Parking and braking assistance systems can be equipped with the Platinum trim package. 

Also fitted as standard is the Ford Co-Pilot360 package, which comprises active safety technology that helps the driver stay in lane, avoid pedestrians, see through blindspots and take evasive action.

Chris Billman, Co-Pilot360 engineering manager, said the Explorer’s abundance of autonomous technology is not about “filling the vehicle with technology for technology’s sake".


He explained: “It’s about improving the experience, making driving less stressful and helping the driver to feel more confident behind the wheel.”


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New engines for the Explorer include a tuned variant of the turbocharged 2.3-litre petrol Ecoboost unit used in the entry-level Mustang, while the US-only ST performance variant receives a twin-turbocharged 400bhp 3.0-litre petrol V6 - the most powerful engine ever fitted to an Explorer.

As part of its restructuring programme for Europe announced today, Ford has said that a new SUV for Europe, expected to be the Explorer, will be revealed in April.

It will also shift its focus away from MPVs, axing models such as the C-Max and Grand C-Max in favour of new models like the Fiesta-based compact SUV that is set to replace the Ecosport

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10 January 2019
Recently, at an event for writers, I met some of the writers from They all were very co-operative and shared the writing techniques they use. I was very much pleased to meet them.

10 January 2019

What price sector is this in?  Is it even more woe for JLR, what with the Discovery being the brand's poorest seller?

10 January 2019

I think the explorer would be a good addition for Ford UK.

I genuinely believe there is a market for a full size 4x4 without the premium branding and price tag that comes with it. If priced right, this could really sell. If they price it like an X5, it will flop.


but Ford got the pricing right on point with the Mustang, at least intially, so there is promise. Although sadly the pound is worth nothing these days so who knows. Any cars made in dollar or euro zones are a lot more expensive for manufacturers to sell here at the moment.

11 January 2019

But that's the problem with FORD, their price. The Edge is one of the better looking SUV's but it's priced pretty much on par with XC60's and Q5's.

Then you realise they've still no Hybrid available for this size car.   2.3 and 3.0 V6 petrol cars this size will do around 20 mpg and therefore will never sell in big numbers

14 January 2019
Yet another 4 metre long lump of a truck that doesn't fit in car parking spaces, with ridiculously poor fuel consumption. What need is there for something this size?

16 January 2019

Good looking , seats 7 , big SUV , 400hp - IF you like SUV's and if the price is sub £50K whats not too like?  and there is a Hybrid that was announced a few days later. BUT Ford be brave try to be a little different bring the big HP petrols as well as fitted the usual turbo D. The ST Edge & Explorer would probably sell here with a twin turbo V6 - it would be different.

30 June 2019

Edge was always a Kuga at first glance, at Range Rover price.... Marketing mistake.


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