FORD EXPLORER: A NEW LEVEL OF SAFETY, COMFORT, ROOMINESS AND VERSATILITY
'The Ford Explorer redefined the sport utility segment and pioneered the way for the entire industry when it was introduced in For more than 10 years running, Explorer has been the best-selling SÚV in the world. But we're not resting on our laurels. The all-new Explorer for the model year continues to innovate - with technological improvements in safety, roominess, ride and comfort, all intended to lead the industry into the future.'
- Jim O'Connor, Ford Division President• All-new vehicle with improved package, ride, comfort, safety and design • inch wider stance and 2-inch longer wheelbase than prior model for improved appearance, handling and roominess - while maintaining the same vehicle length and height • New independent rear suspension, allowing for an additional third-row seat, seven-passenger seating capability, and improved ride and handling • Larger door openings and lower step-in height for better ingress and egress • Optional adjustable pedals, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and Reverse Sensing System offer better driver comfort and convenience • Improved Control Trac™ four-wheel-drive system • Better off-road capability with increased ground clearance and better approach and departure angles • New all-aluminum liter SOHC V-8 engine joins the improved liter SOHC V-6 • New automatic and manual transmissions • New side-impact curtain air bag system (available from launch), as well as rollover protection sensors (available later in ) • New AdvanceTrac™ interactive vehicle dynamics system combines the benefits of traction control and electronic stability (yaw) control (available later in ) • Ford Personal Safety System, including driver and passenger dual-stage air bags and deployment characteristics (available later in ) • Lower front bumper helps ensure better SÚV compatibility with other vehicles on the road • Substantially stiffer bodyshell and thousands of noise control measures for better NVH • percent reduction in annual operating costs thanks to easier serviceability and longer intervals between scheduled maintenanceThe model Ford Explorer is the next generation of the best-selling sport utility vehicle in the world. The new Explorer is redesigned from the ground up - with major improvements in package, suspension, powertrains and safety. With a new independent rear suspension (IRS)_system and unique 'porthole-in-frame' design - allowing for a lower step-in height and a third-row seat - Explorer is designed to offer an improved ride and a more comfortable, user-friendly package. The Control Trac? four-wheel-drive system provides exceptional performance on and off the pavement. New AdvanceTrac™ interactive vehicle dynamics, available later in , combines sophisticated electronic braking and traction control with electronic stability control, to help the driver maintain confidence and control in many driving situations.A sophisticated new all-aluminum V-8 engine brings horsepower, an increase of 25 horsepower over the previous V Inside, Explorer's passengers have more room to spread out. The passenger compartment is two inches wider compared with the previous model and, for the first time, has an optional third row of seating - enough overall room to accommodate seven adults. These benefits were made possible by Explorer's inch wider track and efficient packaging of the new independent rear suspension. The second- and third-row seats also fold down to create a flat-surfaced cargo area. Additional storage is located beneath the rear cargo floor.Explorer offers one of the most comprehensive safety and security packages available. This includes Ford's new industry-leading Safety Canopy, which includes side-curtain air bags (available at launch) and rollover protection (available later in ). Package and Ergonomics
Access to Explorer's new third-row seat is made easier with one-handed controls that fold the second-row seat completely out of the way for entering or exiting the third row.
Explorer's new fully independent suspension and exceptionally stiff frame - percent stiffer than the previous model without compromising safety - give it firm, responsive road manners. In abrupt maneuvers, such as dodging a pothole or making a sudden lane change, Explorer is designed to track precisely, without excessive body roll. The independent rear suspension soaks up road imperfections better than traditional solid axle designs, to provide a comfortable, more car-like ride.The rear-end differential in Explorer's independent rear suspension is mounted high in the frame rather than bolted below it. The suspension's upper and lower control arms also are mounted above and below the frame. The right and left rear half-shafts pass through a porthole in the frame rails - giving Explorer its 'porthole-in-frame' design. Together, these solutions allowed engineers to add the new suspension system without raising the ride height while improving the vehicle's 4x4 ground clearance. All four wheels are controlled by coil-over-shock assemblies that are isolated from side loads, and are engineered to reduce unsprung weight - for best response to steering input and road surface irregularities.Off pavement, Explorer's optional Control Trac™ four-wheel-drive system has been refined with stand-alone electronic controls and enhanced software strategy that improve its ability to handle rough or loose surfaces, such as back trails, deep snow or sand. The system gives drivers the option of automatic four-wheel drive or push-button, switchable, four-wheel 'high' and four-wheel 'low' settings. Explorer comes with a choice of two engines. The standard engine is an improved liter SOHC V-6, which generates horsepower and foot-pounds of peak torque. A more powerful liter V-8, with all-aluminum construction and overhead-cam design, is optional. The sophisticated engine, with coil-on-plug design, offers horsepower and foot-pounds of torque - and is designed to go , miles before its first scheduled tune-up under normal driving conditions with routine fluid and filter changes.Both engines meet Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) standards. ( posted on conceptcarz.com)Fuel economy has been held constant - even with a larger vehicle and one that can seat two more passengers than the prior model - thanks to several weight-saving innovations. An all-aluminum hood and V-8 engine block as well as a magnesium cross beam contributed to a pound weight savings. Later in , Explorer will offer flexible fuel capability with the standard liter V-6 engine and automatic transmission. (posted on conceptcarz.com)The Explorer flexible fuel vehicle (FFV) can operate on gasoline or a blend of gasoline and ethanol. The use of E85 fuel reduces carbon dioxide emissions by as much as 20 percent, compared with gasoline.Towing capability comes built-in. The standard receiver hitch, which is part of the rear frame, offers Class II towing capacity of up to 3, pounds, depending on engine and drivetrain. A built-in hitch receiver offers towing capability right from the factory and can accept many accessories, such as a bicycle rack. An upgraded towing package, which includes a limited slip rear differential, provides Class III/IV towing capability of up to 7, pounds.Safety, Security and Convenience
Explorer is Ford's first SÚV with new side-curtain air bags. They deploy from the headliner across approximately 75 percent of the side glass area to help protect first- and second-row occupants in the outboard seating positions during a side-impact collision. Electronic rollover sensors will be available later in They measure whether the vehicle is tilting, how fast the lean angle is changing, and whether the combination means the vehicle might roll over. If a rollover situation is determined by the system, it deploys the side-curtain air bags to help prevent passengers from being ejected from the side of the vehicle. The air bags remain inflated for up to 6 seconds - far longer than conventional air bags - to provide additional protection. Explorer also is Ford's first SÚV with AdvanceTrac™ interactive vehicle dynamics (available later in ). AdvanceTrac™ is a computer driven system that uses a series of sensors to measure whether the vehicle has begun to slide, then applies braking selectively to whichever wheel will bring it back under control. The idea is to prevent accidents before they happen. AdvanceTrac™ is completely integrated into the vehicle's antilock braking system (ABS) and electronic brake force distribution (EBD). This means that Explorer's control system will be just as effective off-road as it is on the pavement. Explorer will have ABS and EBD from the start of production. The fully integrated AdvanceTrac™ system will be available later in Second-generation front air bags also are standard for the driver and passenger, and Ford's Personal Safety System will be available later in The Personal Safety System uses dual-stage driver and front passenger air bags that deploy differently based on several factors, including the severity of the crash, front seat occupant safety belt usage and the driver's seat position. Front row occupants also benefit from safety belts with pretensioners that tighten the safety belts in the first moments of a crash and an energy management system that slowly pays out safety belt webbing during an incident - to help prevent injuries. Anchors in all second- and third-row passenger positions offer secure attachments for child safety seat tethers.These active protection systems augment Explorer's robust fully boxed frame, which was designed with energy-absorbing crush zones in the front rails. Steel bars inside the doors enhance protection in side impacts. Head restraints in all seating positions help reduce the risk of neck injuries.At the same time, the design team made Explorer more friendly to other vehicles on the road by lowering its bumper beam height 65 millimeters - more than 2 inches - to be on par with most passenger cars. Security features include Ford's SecuriLock™ passive antitheft system. Only users with the vehicle's authentic key - which contains a computer chip embedded in it - can start the vehicle. A battery saver feature automatically turns off interior, courtesy and cargo lights approximately 10 minutes after the ignition key is turned off and the last door is closed.For better driver comfort - particularly for very tall or shorter stature drivers - power adjustable accelerator and brake pedals are available, while the Reverse Sensing System is available as a parking aid. Explorer's steering wheel tilts and telescopes, using a single control lever.New dual-zone climate controls are available, as is an auxiliary climate control system for the rear seating area.Vehicle serviceability also has been improved. Explorer's annual estimated service costs improve nearly $ compared with the previous model. To help reduce its impact on the environment, Explorer is an estimated percent recyclable by weight. More than 10 percent of its plastic parts contain post-consumer recycled material. Explorer production will use an estimated million pounds of recycled non-metallic parts inside the vehicles every year. Design
Explorer is designed to be rugged and contemporary to complement the Ford 'Outfitters' SÚV family. The SÚV family includes the Ford Escape, Explorer Sport, Explorer Sport Trac, Expedition and Excursion. The new four-door Explorer has a clear, powerful vehicle stance and proportions enhanced by simple, rounded forms that build on the vehicle's classically popular design theme.
Explorer's revised body shape, coupled with improved sealing and literally thousands of noise-control measures, result in a substantially quieter cabin for passengers. Key to the improved sound quality is Explorer's new, fully boxed frame, which improves rigidity, vehicle responsiveness and, in turn, noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) levels.Explorer's frame is percent torsionally stiffer and 26 percent improved in vertical and lateral bending - which contribute to the vehicle's improved NVH levels. In addition, Explorer has new micro-cellular body mounts, new door and hidden liftgate edges, new engine, transmission and exhaust mounts, a revised engine intake system, added insulation throughout the vehicle, a laminated steel dash with magnesium cross bar and a percent reduction in air leakage - all of which add up to luxury-vehicle-like quietness and NVH levels.The Market
The SÚV market has shown the most significant growth of the decade in the automotive industry. In fact, since , annual sales of sport utility vehicles in the Ú.S. have grown from , to million units through the end of calendar year It is the only market segment that has experienced double-digit sales growth every year during this period. The Ford Explorer has led that growth. The Explorer is the best-selling sport utility vehicle on the market and has been since its introduction in as a model. It also has been among the top best-selling vehicles - car or truck - since it was introduced. In and , the Explorer nameplate enjoyed record sales of more than , and , units respectively. It is well on its way to another record-setting sales year in More than million Ford Explorers have been sold since its introduction, so it is no surprise that there are more Explorers on the road today than any other sport utility vehicle. Explorer also ranks very high in customer satisfaction and loyalty. As the sales leader, it attracts a broad range of consumers with varying demographics and interests - from single, young professionals to active retirees and empty nesters. They choose Explorer because it offers rugged, functional capabilities and sporty up-to-date styling and comfort.Explorer often is considered the 'pioneer' of the SÚV market. While it was not the first SÚV, it marked the transition of the utility vehicle from a specialized functional truck to a comfortable, versatile activity vehicle. Available in dealerships beginning in early , the model Explorer will be built at Ford Motor Company's Louisville, Ky., and St. Louis, Mo., assembly plants. Production begins in late Source - Ford
15 Photos Capturing The Ford Explorers Evolution Through The Years
The Bronco II said goodbye as the new Ford Explorer arrived in the brand’s line up of strong and durable SUVs. It quickly got a warm welcome from the consumers in , and it outsold the already-famous SUVs from Jeep and Chevrolet.
The Ford Explorer sold , units annually for its first-generation model and this increased by , units annually for its second-generation model, making it the best-selling Ford SUV at that time.
Ford has released six generations of greatness with the Explorer. From day one, the Ford Explorer captured the hearts of the public, and up to this day, it is one of the most well-loved SUVs in the market. It has so many variants, versions and special editions, which people can choose from their liking.
Scroll along to witness how this vehicle transformed into one worth celebrating. Here are 15 photos capturing the evolution of the Ford Explorer.
15 Ford Explorer
The first generation of the Ford Explorer outshines its predecessor, Bronco II, by having a 4 liter Cologne OHC V6 engine, which produces to horsepower, connected to a four-speed automatic or five-speed manual gearbox. It was available in either two or four-door trim, and with four-wheel-drive or rear-wheel-drive system.
14 Ford Explorer Sport
The Ford Explorer Sport was first planned to be trim level only but made its way to have its own model series. It has a wheelbase 10 inches shorter than the regular Ford Explorer, making it easier to maneuver off-road. Unfortunately, its model line was discontinued in
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13 Ford Explorer
Ford introduced the second generation of the Ford Explorer in It still runs the same V6 engine, on the other hand, it received essential improvements from its previous version, including rounded body edges for added aerodynamics and more circular headlights and taillights. Its grille had a new look as well.
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The Ford Explorer was the first of the third-generation Ford Explorer. For the first time, this model was completely redesigned, and not based on the Ford Ranger. It featured more interior amenities and advanced ergonomics that could now accommodate two more passengers, making it a seven-passenger midsize SUV.
11 Ford Explorer Sport Trac
The Ford Explorer Sport Trac had two generations, and the first one was launched in as the brand’s first midsize pickup truck, between the F and the Ranger. The second edition was released in and was based on third-generation Explorer. Its base engine is a horsepower V6.
10 Sport Trac Adrenalin
Ford created an entirely new automotive genre with the Sport Trac Adrenalin. This vehicle was released in as the world's first high-performance sport-utility truck. It amalgamates of performance and functionality and can drive with lightning speed. It makes use of a liter supercharged Modular V8 engine, which releases horsepower.
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9 Explorer America Concept
The Ford Explorer America concept made its debut at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, as a midsize utility vehicle on a unibody platform that gives it a unique silhouette. This vehicle is ideal for everyday chores since it has sliding doors. It is designed as a six-seater.
8 Ford Explorer
was the year for the fifth generation Ford Explorer. Based on the Ford Taurus, this SUV has a unibody chassis and a different engine position. The new model was loaded with a fresh engine, a liter V6, which produces a stunning horsepower, matched with a six-speed automatic transmission.
7 Ford Explorer Sport
The Ford Explorer Sport was available for a base price of $41, and promised a higher level of energy compared to the regular Explorer. It is the only model fitted with a horsepower engine with aluminum block and heads, and bigger brakes. This trim level flaunts a darker exterior approach.
6 Ford Explorer
Ford once again introduced another generation of the famous Explorer in This new vehicle was announced at the Los Angeles Auto Show, giving a life extension for the long line up of Explorers. It boasts a liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine and a brand-new infotainment display that gives the interior an innovative style.
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5 Ford Explorer
The market was celebrating the arrival of this $21, midsize SUV. The Ford Explorer received a new grille, enhanced fog lights, and revised headlights. It is available with all-wheel-drive or front-wheel-drive, with a liter or 2-liter EcoBoost engine, respectively. It can compete head-to-head with SUVs such as the Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Highlander.
4 Ford Explorer XLT
The Ford Explorer XLT is one of the primary trim levels of the Explorer, along with Limited, ST and Platinum. The XLT trim differs with a standard powertrain that includes a horsepower liter four-cylinder EcoBoost engine, linked to a speed automatic transmission that has a unique Selectshift feature.
3 Ford Explorer
The model year of the Ford Explorer is sold at a starting price of $38,, and it delivers a more excellent turbocharged power. This sixth-gen Explorer has a zero to 60 miles per hour acceleration time of seconds. It is also revised on the inside, with an expanded cabin.
2 Ford Police Interceptor Utility
The Ford Police Interceptor Utility does not only look heavy-duty, but it also performs better than the regular Explorer. This vehicle offers more than what you can think of. It boasts a police-spec suspension and tires. As an extreme officer protector, it passed the 75 miles per hour rear-impact crash test.
1 Ford Explorer Limited
The rear-wheel-drive Ford Explorer Limited has an added touch of class, with leather upholstery, and heated seated. Its steering wheel is also heated. Few more upgrades include a wireless device charging, and speaker Bang and Olufsen sound system. This trim also receives power-adjusting mirrors and an automatic liftgate.
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