2019 Ford Explorer Spy Photos
Finally, after falling behind its rivals in this SUV/crossover section, the company decided to come up with a brand new 2019 Ford Explorer. The Ford Explorer has been dominating the SUV market in North America for quite a while, but its fifth generation model released in 2011 could only do so much. The 2019 Ford Explorer, being readied to take on the likes of Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, is probably set for release in early or mid-2018.
2019 Ford Explorer – Chassis and Platform
The D4 platform that has been there since 2005 is all set to make way for the new D6 platform, which means manufacturers can choose from the rear-wheel drive, front-wheel drive or all four-wheel drive options. However, reports suggest it is set to remain a front-wheel-drive crossover with an all-wheel drive remaining an option.
The spy pictures of 2019 Ford Explorer being tested in Dearborn, Michigan suggest that substantial use of aluminum is being made for its hood, the doors, and the tailgate. That essentially means that along with D6, the lighter material will contribute to the 2019 Ford Explorer losing close to 500 pounds from its last version. This will certainly make it more fuel efficient. With all SUVs and crossovers mandated to meet a 54.5 mpg standard by 2025, this seems a huge step forward.
With automakers trying to camouflage their new design, it is difficult to make out what the new design of this Ford Explorer 2019 is. But even then, photos of the test drive down in Dearborn reveal new tail lights, new grille, a new rear bumper and also a new tailgate.
The muscular appearance that Ford SUVs are famous for will obviously stay. In fact, Ford Explorer 2019 may appear even sturdier than before, since, with a new D6 platform, the base is going to get wider. Interiors will undergo massive improvements, but the tone will obviously be classic Ford.
Expect more than sufficient interior space for 7 passengers, along with all the technological amenities that Ford usually provides. The interior also gives you a Platinum trim cabin that is well insulated from exterior noise. Basic features like power adjustable seats and SYNC 3 infotainment system is likely to be upgraded.
The current version of this vehicle hides under its hood a 2.3-litre four cylinder with 280 HP or a 3.5-litre EcoBoost V6 290 HP. These are set to remain as base options, albeit with some upgrades.
Top-end models like Platinum or Sport will have a smaller engine, probably a 3-litre EcoBoost, which will provide 365HP of raw power to the 2019 Ford Explorer.
Price and Release Date
The current Ford Explorer is available from $32,605. The new 2019 Ford Explorer does not change a lot as far as the pricing is concerned. So when the car hits the showroom in 2018, on-road prices will be in the region of $33,000, with the higher end models like the Platinum costing up to $55,000.
Regardless of how much of an overhaul the current Explorer undergoes, it is expected to remain a popular option for the mid-sized SUV lovers. Currently, the Explorer is the 14th most popular car in the US, and with upgrades and a better engine and a more spacious interior, the 2019 Ford Explorer can expect to climb a few notches.