2019 Ford Explorer . The prototype of 2019 Ford Explorer was recently spied testing in Colorado for the first time. Accompanying the spy shots, a rumor regarding the possibility of the popular large SUV to debut at the upcoming New York Auto Show is circulating. It is contradictory with some previous reports which stating that the new Explorer will make its official debut sometime next year.
No matter when it will finally be officially unveiled, the new Ford Explorer has plenty of things on its plate. The current model is a huge success, and a study even shows that this is the most bought model among Gen X buyers in the States.
2019 Ford Explorer Specifications
Even though the new 2019 Ford Explorer prototype is highly camouflaged, we can see that the car comes with an evolutionary design with some signature elements making a comeback. It is not that hard to see the block shape as well as the familiar lights and greenhouse. However, the car also clearly grows, so we know definitely this 3-row SUV to have the more spacious cabin. The bigger size not only makes the car a better people mover but also makes the body looks more refined and elegant.
It seems like Ford will continue to apply plenty of aluminum to the new Explorer, especially on the hood, doors as well as the tailgate, which will help to shed the weight of the car.
It is rumored that the new Explorer 2019 will be the first Ford model that will be underpinned by the brand’s new generation platform. The said platform is developed for large models like Explorer, and it is codenamed D6. This platform is built with front wheel drive configuration. However, it is said that all-wheel drive is also available if the buyers want it.
Explorer was updated for the first time back in 2011, and it is said that the new Explorer will follow its path. It means, we can expect the new car to get the familiar turbocharged inline-4 unit as the base engine. Also, it seems very likely that the old 6-speed transmission will not make a comeback in this model and a newly developed 9-speed automatic transmission will take its place.
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Speaking of the new transmission, it is developed by Ford and General Motor, and it debuted for the first time in 2017 Chevrolet Malibu that was unveiled last December. Moreover, thanks to the lightweight aluminum body, we can expect it to have better fuel economy.
For those expecting more power, it is said that a turbocharged V6 engine also will join the engine lineup. Furthermore, it is not impossible that a hybrid powertrain will also be available in the future.
2019 Ford Explorer Price and Release Date
If 2019 Ford Explorer doesn’t show up at this year’s New York Auto Show, probably the earlier reports were right, and the car will be introduced early next year. Furthermore, it is also reported that the sale maybe will start in the middle of 2018. Once it hits the market, it will compete with the likes of Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Hyundai anta Fe, Nissan Pathfinder, Kia Sorento and Honda Pilot.
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