A prototype for Ford’s next-generation Explorer has been spotted for the first time. The vehicle is anticipated on sale in the second half of 2018, as a 2019 model. The last time the Explorer was redesigned remained in 2011, when the popular SUV adopted car-like unibody construction and an inline-4 as the base powertrain. The 2019 model should follow a similar formula, though it looks to be growing in size.
2019 Ford Explorer Design
The 2019 Ford Explorer is expected to ride on a brand-new platform called “D6.” Presently it’s underpinned by the D4 platform likewise discovered on the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT, however look for the D6 to make an appearance in numerous of Ford’s models in the future.
It’s thought that the new platform will benefit from light-weight materials like aluminum, much like what Ford did with its popular F-150 pickup. In addition, reports recommend it can be configured for front-, rear- and all-wheel drive but do not anticipate the Explorer to go rear-wheel drive. For now, it is thought it will continue to be offered with front-wheel drive as basic and all-wheel drive available as an option.
The photos from Motor Authority reader Tom Poeschel hint at evolutionary changes to the Explorer’s styling for the upcoming redesign. There’s still a huge, blocky shape plus space for three rows of seats, and the treatments for the lights and greenhouse appear just like the existing model.
Ford has far more transformations for the parts we can’t see, nevertheless. The 2019 Explorer is expected to be among the first models to ride on Ford’s next-generation platform for larger models. Code-named the D6, the platform is as soon as again a front-wheel-drive-based design (with readily available all-wheel drive) and will generate models for both Ford and Lincoln. In reality, there are rumors the 2019 Explorer will be twinned by a new Aviator SUV replacing the unloved MKT.
2019 Ford Explorer Engine
As far as engines are worried, opportunities are Ford will drop the thirsty naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 and will offer the next Explorer with the most recent crop of EcoBoost mills. It stays to be seen whether the 2018 Mustang’s new 10-speed automated transmission will be offered, however it would make good sense for the Explorer to obtain it also. A front-wheel-drive design is expected to be basic on the lower models, with more expensive versions set to be used with an AWD layout. The D6 platform can accommodate a RWD setup, but it does not necessarily indicate the new Explorer will be offered in this configuration.
2019 Ford Explorer Price
Last year, the Ford Explorer sold 248,507 systems, making it the 14th general finest seller in the U.S. It’s a safe assumption that regardless of how Ford decides to design the Explorer, it will continue to offer well amongst the midsize SUV sector, especially for buyers trying to find 7 seats. Presently the model begins with $32,605 including destination ($35,039 in Canada), however don’t expect it to see any sort of major rate walking when the new model is introduced.