2020 Ford Explorer: Same looks, new RWD/AWD platform, bigger body

Aside from the headlights and grille, it looks almost exactly like the fifth generation Ford Explorer, but it has an all new platform, and better interior.


The new Explorer is bigger in every dimension, except height. While it is a 1.7″ longer at 198.8″, its wheelbase has grown by 6.5″ to 119.1″ for improved interior space.

Two powertrains have been announced for the Explorer. The base engine is a 2.3L I4 turbo with around 300hp (224kW) and 310 lb-ft (420Nm), and a 10-speed auto. AWD is optional.

In the 2.3L RWD and with the trailer tow package it can tow up to 5,300 lb (2,400kg). The 2.3L is available in the base, XLT and Limited trim lines.

The top of the range engine is a 3L twin-turbo V6 with roughly 365hp (272kW) and 380 lb-ft (515Nm). It also has a 10-speed auto, standard AWD, and a maximum tow rating of 5,600 lb (2,540kg).

A hybrid will also be available, but there are no details about it yet.

Standard features power liftgate, 8″ touchscreen, Wi-Fi, autonomous emergency braking, blind spot warning, automatic headlamps and high beams, lane keeping assist, and a reversing camera with a built-in lens cleaner.

Available features include adaptive cruise control, parking assistance, speed sign recognition, evasive steering assistance, post impact braking, and a 10.1″ portrait mode touchscreen, a 12.3″ digital instrumentation screen, wireless phone charging, and a 14-speaker 980W B&O sound system.

Dimensions (compared to 5th gen)

Length: 198.8″ (+1.7″) | 5,050mm (+43mm)
Width: 78.9″ (+0.1″) | 2,004mm (+4mm)
Height: 69.9″ (-0.6″) | 1,775mm (-15mm)
Wheelbase: 119.1″ (+6.5″) | 3,025mm (+165mm)



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Joshua Thompson

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2020 Ford Explorer: Same looks, new RWD/AWD platform, bigger body