The Ford Explorer is a single of the ideal recognized sport utility autos on the industry. Not any longer. Starting with the 2011 model, the Explorer has crossed more than from becoming a truck primarily based SUV to a auto primarily based SUV or what is ideal recognized as a Crossover model.
No matter, the all new Explorer is practically as massive and heavy as the model it replaces, yet with a single huge distinction: the model loses its optional V-eight engine and gains an optional 4-cylinder engine. Yes, Ford is working with modern day powerplant technologies to present a twin-injection turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine as an option to offer you shoppers a fuel effective option not presented by everyone else in this class.
The adjust for the Explorer is evident on the outdoors as the model gains a additional curvaceous Physique. Riding on the similar platform powering the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, the Explorer is slightly larger and geared to compete against the Honda Pilot and Toyota 4Runner.
Every single of the Explorer’s engines are mated with a six-speed automatic transmission, blending lowered initially gears for smarter off-the-line acceleration and larger gearing for enhanced fuel efficiency at lower engine rpm when cruising. All-wheel drive is optional with the V6 engine with a terrain management technique incorporated to assistance the Explorer modify to a wide variety of road situations.
Ford is touting a long list of Attributes with the 2011 Explorer like second-generation initially-row airbags, side seat airbags; front passenger sensing method; post crash alert technique, security canopy side curtain airbags; media hub; power windows and door locks; 4 12-volt power points; cargo hooks and cruise handle.
Optionally or out there on greater trim level XLT and Restricted models, the Explorer presents heated side view mirrors, keyless entry, reverse sensing technique, ambient lighting, rear view camera, remote start, ten-way power driver’s seat and dual zone a/c program.
The all new Ford Explorer will not be in Ford showrooms till early 2011, consequently I have not had the advantage of driving 1 just however.
In July 2010 Ford introduced the new Explorer to the globe by way of Facebook, an uncommon way to get the word out. Certainly, spreading “the word” will be Restricted to social media settings for the time becoming as Ford seeks to capitalize on this medium to raise the auto’s visibility. Ford will also be relying on bloggers, automotive columnists and Twitter tweets to spread the word, creating the Explorer the social media Appreciate Youngster of our day.
Matthew C. Keegan is a freelance writer who resides in North Carolina. Matt is a contributing writer for Andy’s Auto Sport an aftermarket supplier of high quality components like turbocharger kits and truck components.