Due out in 2011 Ford has unveiled its new Explorer, which features a new uni-body style supported by the same architecture found underneath their Taurus and Flex cars. The new Explorer however is aimed directly at SUV purists and not intended to woo the crossover market.
Taking design elements from successful European SUV’s, Ford have given the Explorer a new look. It has a rough, sculpted feel to it, a three bar front grill and flared wheel arches give it a more aggressive appearance, the windscreen is angled further back and the whole cabin is taller than before. The new Ford Explorer has also been subjected to the wind tunnel to give it a more aerodynamic shape and make it a less noisy drive.
The interior is where they have made some of the greatest refinements, as although these vehicles are built for rough and tumble, their owners want the usual home comforts of a top line road car. The insides are full of soft materials; touch screen technology and stylish design. Occupants will find more leg and headroom too; they have made it bigger and a more comfortable ride, even in the traditionally small third seats.
Safety and economy are buyer’s watchword these days and especially in the market Ford are aiming this car. The latest offering doesn’t disappoint here too. Roll stability control and air-bag deployment sensors and the new rear seatbelt air-bag system, which is specifically aimed at protecting children.
All models released will be fitted with the Eco-boost engines, which are downsized, cleaner and more powerful, along with decreased fuel consumption. The releases so far make for an interesting addition to the Ford range in 2011.