Report says 2020 Ford Explorer will be RWD, steel-bodied
Besides the Bronco, Ford is also cooking up a new Explorer
Recently facelifted for the 2018 model year, FoMoCo's Explorer SUV is still aging and there's nothing to change that. Lucky for Ford and Explorer fans, the carmaker will spawn a new generation in 2020.
According to The Truth About Cars, Ford will switch to a rear-wheel-drive platform for the new Explorer in an attempt to "continue the trend of high-transaction prices in a premium product." Moreover, the new Explorer will sit on Ford's new CD6 modular underpinning and enter production at the manufacturer's Chicago Assembly Plant.
However, the same media outlet claims Ford is likely to stick with steel body panels for the new Explorer, unlike the aluminum treatment it applied on its F-series pickup trucks.
In addition, customers would have the possibility of choosing between four engines, including the 2.3-liter turbo'ed four-cylinder powerplant and a new 3.3-liter V6.
Furthermore, a 3-liter V6 is also expected to the party (you know it from the Lincoln Continental and MKZ, where it churns out 400 hp and 400 lb-ft) together with a hybrid version. Expect Ford's ten-speed automatic transmission to show its face inside the Explorer.
Since we mentioned the Bronco, here's what recent rumors speculate.