The 2020 Ford Explorer ST and the Hybrid are now available across dealerships. Here are some of their official engine specifications:
|Spec||Base 2.3L EcoBoost||ST 3.0L EcoBoost V6 (On the ST)||3.3L Hybrid|
|Drive type||RWD with available intelligent four-wheel drive||Intelligent 4WD||RWD with available intelligent four-wheel drive|
|Engine type||Turbo, Direct Injection Ti-VCT ||Turbo V6||NA V6|
|Transmission (all come with select shift option)||10-speed automatic||10-speed automatic ||10-speed automatic |
|Final drive ratio||3.58:1||3.31:1||3.58:1|
|Horsepower||300hp @ 5500 rpm||400 hp @ 5500 rpm||318 hp @ 6500 rpm|
|Torque ||310 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm||415 lb-ft @ 3500 rpm||322 lb-ft @ 3000 rpm|
2020 Ford Explorer ST and the Hybrid – Price and details
The Ford Explorer Hybrid is only available in ‘Limited’ trim and is priced lower than the ST
|Explorer ST Price||$54,740|
|Explore Hybrid ‘Limited’ price||$48,130|
Ford revealed their 2020 Explorer earlier this month but in keeping with tradition; they have left two of the more interesting variants for Detroit. The Explorer ST and Explorer Hybrid are unique additions to the SUV’s 6th generation. The former banks on its superior visual and technical upgrades, while the latter (almost indistinguishable from its base model) will attract MPG conscious ‘3-row’ crossover buyers.
Ford Explorer ST
While we had our reservations about the base model’s design, the Explorer ST goes extra miles to address them. It will replace the current ‘Sport’ model- as was the case with all of Ford’s newer vehicles.
This top-of-the-line model gets features like black mesh grille, roof-rails and taillight applique, unique lower elements, and the signature blue colour scheme. Inside, there is a flat-bottom steering wheel and other variant-specific features.
Drive dynamics have been improved by tweaking the power-steering system for stiffer hold. Transmission mapping is different and throttle response is much better . People can channel additional engine noise to the cabin- useless as it might be.
Engine is a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 producing 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, mated to a 10-speed Auto. AWD is standard and top speed is claimed at 143-mph.
Ford Explorer Hybrid
Available exclusive on the top ‘Limited trim’ is a new hybrid variant. It is practically indistinguishable from the gasoline model, save for the hybrid badge on its tailgate. Ford claims that the battery pack, nestled below the second-row seat, doesn’t do anything against the car’s passenger volume, which is good. What it does, however, is return 500 miles in a single gas-electric charge! We will have to wait for the EPA to confirm if and how that’s achieved.
The Explorer Hybrid’s 3.3-liter V6 is mated to 10-speed automatic gearbox, producing combined 318 horsepower. This is channeled to the rear wheels as standard but AWD is available.
Ford claims that the ‘limited’ variant with 4WD will offer more than 450 miles between fill-ups while having a towing power of 5000 pounds. On RWD alone this goes up by 50 miles (all EPA-estimated)
MY2020 Release date
Ford has not revealed the prices yet but both models are likely to reach dealerships in the second half of this year.
|On sale||Late 2019|
Ford claims that their ‘Explorer ST’ is the most capable three-row SUV under $60,000″.
Stay tuned for more news and update!