Ford Vice President of Engineering Paul Mascarenas shows us the high tech interior of the 2011 Explorer

The 2011 Ford Explorer features a new Taurus looking 3-barred grill, black A-pillars, plastic body cladding, and a newly styled hood.

Consumers can build the perfect Explorer for their needs, as there are 2 different engines offered.

The base engine is a 3.5 liter Ti-VCT V-6 that is stocked with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. This new engine is more efficient than the previous Explorer V-6, as it achieves 20% better fuel economy. The second engine offered is the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine which is a 4-cylinder stocked with 237 horsepower and 250 lb-ft of torque.

Intelligent 4WD is an option, as the new Explorer comes standard with front-wheel drive…this is something we are not too fond of. This truck is meant to be an all-wheel drive SUV, so why make the consumer pay more for it?!?

The Explorer also comes with a Terrain Management system, which offers four different modes: snow, sand, mud and normal…as well as hill descent control.

The 2011 Ford Explorer rides on a car-based platform, which makes it 100 pounds lighter than the outgoing model. On top of that, it uses lighter materials, like the all-new aluminum hood.

The Explorer V-6 model is able to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

The SUV is filled with safety features, but the newest option is the inflatable seatbelts, which inflate when the car senses an accident is brewing. Other notable safety features are Curve Control, side curtain airbags, and a Tire Pressure Monitoring System. You can also equip the car with adaptive cruise control which comes with a collision warning system and brake support, as well as a Blind Spot Information System and active parking assist to help the driver perform maneuvers in any situation.

Interior-wise, the cabin and cockpit have a very different design then previous Explorer owners are used to. It is constructed with a console-mounted shifter, and seating for up to 7 passengers.

Three (3) different trim levels will be offered in the 2011 Explorer: base, XLT and Limited.

The base model is equipped with a 4.2 inch LCD screen, cruise control, power windows, and a tilt/telescoping steering wheel. The next up XLT model adds automatic headlamps, heated side-view mirrors which are integrated with LED blinkers, back-up sensors, and a perimeter alarm. The top of the list, Limited Edition has ambient lighting, adjustable pedals, dual-zone climate control, a back-up camera, remote start, and a push button ignition.

A statement from Derrick Kuzak, who is the Vice President of Global Product Development stated that,
“The new Explorer simply does everything well. It raises the bar for ride and handling on the road and transforms the off-road experience. It’s the hands-down winner for towing capability and ease. All this capability, and three rows of seating, with amazing fuel economy will make Explorer the absolute right choice for families with a sense of adventure.”

ليست هناك تعليقات

رسالة أحدث رسالة أقدم