NAIAS 2019: All-new Ford Explorer flaunts ST, Hybrid versions in Detroit
Looks like the 2020 Ford Explorer wants to satisfy everyone
The 2020 Ford Explorer only recently got out of the bag, but Ford is using the home turf advantage to unveil two more iterations of its latest SUV: ST and Hybrid.
We’ll start off with the spicier one, which is of course the Ford Explorer ST. Animated by a 3-liter EcoBoost powerplant tuned to output 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of twist, the Ford Explorer ST can reach a top speed of 143 mph (230 km/h).
The engine is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox, four-wheel-drive is standard and customers get to select the degree to which traction control kicks in. Further upgrades are provided by two packs - ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack - and include 21-inch aluminum wheels and larger brake components.
Switching to the green corner, the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid makes use of a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain - that’s all Ford reveals for now - with an EPA-estimated range of 500 miles (that’s not set in stone, and the final figure may vary).
The Blue Oval’s press blurb also adds that the Explorer Hybrid is fitted with a liquid-cooled Li-ion battery pack embedded into the SUV’s chassis just below the second row of seats.
Other gimmicks include the likes of Active Noise Cancellation, Ford Co-Pilot 360 Assist, leather seats with accent stitching, and a 14-speaker B&O premium sound system.