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    2017
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    V6
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    six-speed automatic
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    365 @ 5500
  • MPG(Cty):
    16
  • MPG(Hwy):
    22
  • Torque @ RPM:
    350 @ 3500
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    3.5 L
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The iconic SUV for the modern family

Okay, mom and dad – you need a vehicle that can carry six or seven people, but isn’t a minivan. What left on the menu? Three-row crossovers and SUVs, of course. And which SUV has been SUVing longer than most? Yep, the Ford Explorer. It debuted back in 1991 and has evolved from a utilitarian two-row brute to a plush, luxury-lined, power-everything family hauler. The current generation has been around since 2011 and received a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, which brought the high-end Platinum trim with Lincoln-like levels of refinement and the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Nothing changes for 2017, but that didn’t stop me from spending a week with Ford’s grandest mid-size SUV. The Explorer is sandwiched between the smaller Ford Edge and the body-on-frame, F-150-based Ford Expedition. The Platinum trim comes equipped with nearly every major option as standard, only leaving customers to choose from the $695 second-row bucket seats, the accompanying $150 center console, and the $1,995 rear-seat entertainment package. Fitted with all but the rear TVs, my Ruby Red tester stickered at $55,420. That’s a sizable price for a family hauler, but few SUVs come packed with such utility mixed with luxury backed by a name with heritage.

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Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

Anonymous Report: 400+ HP Ford Explorer ST in the Pipeline

New generation will return to rear-wheel drive

An anonymous source within Ford in conjunction with confirmed speculation suggests the next-generation Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel-drive architecture and come with four new engine options, one of which will offer more than 400 horsepower in a sporterized ST variant.

The news comes from The Truth About Cars, which speculated about the rear-drive platform some time ago. TTACs insider source then revealed details about the next-generation Explorer’s powertrain options, along with the new ST trim. This follows Ford’s recent release of the Edge ST – a two-row crossover gussied up by Ford Performance with 335 horsepower and a stiff suspension. The same is expected with the Explorer ST, but with the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 currently used in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. In the Lincolns, the engine makes an even 400 horses and 400 pound-feet of torque. The insider source says power will likely increase since the V-6 will be longitudinally mounted in the new rear-drive Explorer.

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Ford Says 2011-2017 Explorers Are Safe, But Will Fix Them Anyway

Ford Says 2011-2017 Explorers Are Safe, But Will Fix Them Anyway

Customer concerns over leaking exhaust fumes cited as reason behind voluntary servicing

The Ford Explorer recently made headlines due to exhaust fumes entering the cabin and making people nauseous. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration received more than 2,400 reports on the issue, with at least 41 citing injuries and three reporting crashes due to the ill effects of the carbon monoxide fumes on the 2011 through 2017 Explorer. However, investigations by the NHTSA and Ford turned up no significant changes in CO levels in the cabin. Well, except for Police Interceptor models. Ford says the issue stems from aftermarket up-fit companies leaving unsealed holes from the installation of police equipment. Still, Ford says it will fix any of the 1.3 million affected Explorers at the owner’s request, despite Ford calling the vehicles safe.

Ford’s voluntary service is free to Explorer owners regardless of the warranty status or vehicle mileage. The fix includes reprogramming the air conditioner, replacing the liftgate drain valves, and inspecting the sealing of the rear of the vehicle. Ford dealerships will begin offering this service starting November 1, 2017, and will continue through December 31, 2018. Of the Explorers built in that 2011 through 2017 timeframe, roughly 1.3 million are in the U.S., 84,000 are in Canada, and 24,000 are in Mexico.

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2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

2017 Ford Explorer – Driven

The iconic SUV for the modern family

Okay, mom and dad – you need a vehicle that can carry six or seven people, but isn’t a minivan. What left on the menu? Three-row crossovers and SUVs, of course. And which SUV has been SUVing longer than most? Yep, the Ford Explorer. It debuted back in 1991 and has evolved from a utilitarian two-row brute to a plush, luxury-lined, power-everything family hauler. The current generation has been around since 2011 and received a mid-cycle refresh for 2016, which brought the high-end Platinum trim with Lincoln-like levels of refinement and the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost.

Nothing changes for 2017, but that didn’t stop me from spending a week with Ford’s grandest mid-size SUV. The Explorer is sandwiched between the smaller Ford Edge and the body-on-frame, F-150-based Ford Expedition. The Platinum trim comes equipped with nearly every major option as standard, only leaving customers to choose from the $695 second-row bucket seats, the accompanying $150 center console, and the $1,995 rear-seat entertainment package. Fitted with all but the rear TVs, my Ruby Red tester stickered at $55,420. That’s a sizable price for a family hauler, but few SUVs come packed with such utility mixed with luxury backed by a name with heritage.

Continue reading for the full driven review.

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Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Ford Issues Tiny Recall on Escape and Explorer PPU, Larger Recall on Transit Van

Exactly three Escapes and four Explorers are affected

Ford just issued two of the smallest safety compliance recalls in history. The automaker has reason to believe three 2016 Escape crossovers and four Police Interceptor Utility Vehicles left the factory with defects, which could potentially cause harm to users. These laughably small recalls are juxtaposed against another recall announced at the same time. This one affects 402,000 Transit vans built between 2015 and 2017. While these larger recalls have seemingly become “business as usual” for automakers, it’s rare to hear a voluntarily recall for vehicles in the single digits.

In fact, only BMW has Ford beat, according to online information. It recalled a single – one, uno, 1.0 – 2017 X3 xDrive28i back in October of 2016 for an issue with its electronic power steering. Of course, I’m not counting boutique automakers with relatively tiny production numbers like McLaren, Pagani, and Koenigsegg. At the opposite end of the recall spectrum, the ongoing Takata airbag recall has entangled more than two-dozen automakers and nearly 70 million vehicles. The recall began in 2013 due to faulty inflators that could explode upon airbag deployment, sending metal shrapnel into passengers’ faces. Sadly, at least 11 deaths and more than 150 injuries have been reported in the U.S. alone. Thankfully, Ford has no reports of injuries resulting from the Explorer, Escape, or Transit van. So what exactly is prompting these recalls? Keep reading to find out.

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

The definition of a mild refresh…

The Ford Explorer has defined the American SUV segment for more than two decades, having debuted for the 1991 model year. Changes both big and small have kept the Explorer, well, exploring urban and rural landscapes across the U.S. with big sales figures sliding across Ford’s bean counters’ desks. But of all those updates, Ford’s latest might be the smallest. Insignificant? Not really, but you’d have to be a fanboy to spot the differences.

Headlining the changes for the 2018 model year is a slightly reworked exterior, new active safety equipment packages, and more choices with four new colors and five new wheel designs. These changes made their debut at the 2017 New York Auto Show.

These modifications to the Explorer come in response to market research Ford says indicates the crossover and SUV segments will be the fastest-growing of all segments over the next few years, soon accounting for more than 45 percent of all non-luxury vehicles sold in the U.S. While that’s not surprising, Ford says millennials and baby boomers are leading the way. Of course, Ford says it will be ready to meet this growth thanks to its new lineup of crossovers and SUVs. These include the EcoSport, Escape, Edge, Explorer, and Expedition.

The revised 2018 Explorer is expected to hit showrooms this fall, with pricing staying mostly stagnate with current 2017 Explorer pricing. Keep reading for the full run-down of the changes for 2018.

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Retro Review: Motor Week looks at the 1996 Ford Explorer

Retro Review: Motor Week looks at the 1996 Ford Explorer

America’s SUV get big V-8 power

The Ford Explorer started life for the 1991 model year and soldiered on nearly unchanged though 1994. A major overhaul for the 1995 model year brought a more sculpted body with curves rather than angles. Its cushy new interior took after Ford’s sedan lineup, featuring familiar switchgear and even dual front air bags coming standard. It was the 1996 model year, however, that the Explorer really came into its own.

Optional was Ford’s 5.0-liter V-8. As Motor Week points out, the V-8 block and camshaft are borrowed form the 1996 F-150 pickup, while the intake manifold is borrowed from the Mustang GT. This gave the pushrod engine a then-respectable 210 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque. While those numbers are laughable in modern times, the Explorer proved to be two seconds quicker to 60 mph over its V-6 version. What’s more, the Explorer’s competition couldn’t boast engine spec any more admirable.

The old-school engine came mated to an old-school transmission, too. It was Ford’s venerable four-speed automatic. Rear-wheel drive came standard, but a full-time 4WD system with low range was available.

The Explorer came in two versions: the standard five-door model, like the one seen here, and a more fun three-door variant. Both offered seating for five passengers, though entry and exit was more difficult in the three-door version. Ford also provided front seat passengers with relatively impressive seats. They featured power adjustments for lumbar support and side bolstering. A manually telescoping thigh support made taller occupants happy.

Pricing for the 1996 Explorer makes us long for the good ole days. It carried a base price of $25,425. Fully loaded with every option, the price jumped 10 grand to $35,000.

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2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

2016 Chicago Auto Show – Best And Worst In Show

Winners and losers from CAS 2016, plus what went missing

The gates are open at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show, and with those pesky journalists finally out of the way, the public can now enjoy all the vehicular goodness that North America’s “largest” auto show can muster. Special editions, refreshes, and brand-new models all dropped cover this year, with crossovers and SUVs served up as the main course, and new sedans and sports cars added as a tasty side dish. Picking winners and losers here is not exactly easy, but hey, this isn’t some elementary school talent show. Time to be ruthless.

There were a few clear standouts for Best In Show right from the start, but cutthroat competition to fill the remaining slots quickly followed. Picking vehicles for Worst In Show was also pretty tricky, but that’s why they pay me the big bucks.

So, without further ado…

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2016 Ford BraunAbility MXV

2016 Ford BraunAbility MXV

Wheelchair mobility enters the SUV category

Traditionally, if you needed a vehicle to accommodate a wheelchair, you had two options: a full-size van or minivan. Thankfully those days are over. Mobility outfitter BraunAbility, along with Ford, have come together to offer this, the BraunAbility MXV. It’s based on the current Ford Explorer and offers all modern accessibility features, along with the go-anywhere capability and popular styling of the Explorer.

"We’re thrilled the Explorer name is connected to such a highly respected brand like BraunAbility," said Omar Odeh, Ford marketing manager. "Explorer has always been associated with helping people go places they otherwise could not, and BraunAbility MXV furthers that reputation."

BraunAbility modifies the Explorer’s floor, removes the second-row seats, and creates a proprietary swinging rear door. A low floor height allows for a narrow ramp angle for easy entry and exit, while a customizable floor allows for different seating configurations. Wheelchair users are able to either ride or drive the BraunAbility MXV. The Explorer’s controls can be modified, including a sliding feature for the gear selector.

What’s more, the key fob controls the swinging rear door and ramp for easy access. The Explorer’s 5,000-pound towing capacity remains, giving further utility beyond the typical minivan.

The BraunAbility MXV upfit is available with the Explorer’s Base, XLT, and Limited trim levels, giving customers a wide range of features and pricing. It comes powered by the 3.5-liter V-6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and sending power to the front wheels, the Explorer carries an EPA-estimated fuel economy of 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway, and 20 mpg combined.

The BraunAbility MXV is produced at BraunAbility’s facility in Winamac, Indiana and is sold at more than 200 dealers across the U.S.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new BraunAbility MXV taken during its official unveiling at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package

Ford adds a new appearance package to the Explorer XLT to make a sixth trim level in the Explorer lineup

It wasn’t that long ago that that increasing gas prices almost killed off the SUV market. We traded in our Ford Explorers and Dodge Durangos for more fuel efficient cars like the Honda Civic or the Ford Focus. Just a few years later, the SUV market has rebounded with a vengeance. As the interest in SUVs continue to grow, manufacturers are starting to offer more and more variants of the SUVs in their lineups. Today, the manufacturer in the spotlight is Ford and its release of a new trim level for the Ford Explorer.

Currently, the Explorer is offered in five trims – Base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. According to Ford, Explorer buyers are interesting in unique models, with the Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum accounting for 30 percent of Explorer sales in the U.S. market. Due to that interest, Ford will now be offering the Ford Explorer Sport Appearance Package.

Ford’s Explorer brand marketing manager, Omar Odeh, says, “Our Sport Appearance philosophy is rooted in the fact that we know exterior appearance is the No. 1 consideration in SUV purchase decisions. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is a dramatic offering that gives customers another attractive option.”

The XLT Sport Appearance trim is set to join the Explorer lineup sometime this summer, with its little brother – the 2017 Ford Escape – also receiving a similar addition to its lineup. So, now that Ford has spilled the beans, let’s take a look at what the Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package brings to the lineup.

Updated 02/12/2016: We added a series of new images of the new Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package taken during its official unveiling at the 2016 Chicago Auto Show. Check them out in the "Pictures" tab.

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Ford's Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Ford’s Pursuit Vehicles Ranked Highest In Police Department Testing

Police vehicles have to serve a number of purposes. They need to have enough space to facilitate transporting suspects and all of the gear officers use on a daily basis. They also need to be safe to protect suspects and officers, if an unfortunate accident happens. Just as important, however, is how well they can perform when an officer has to put his foot down and engage in pursuit of a suspect. For reasons like this, Police departments routinely test and compare their different police cruisers against each other.

Recently, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department and the Michigan State Police took the time to do just that. What sounds like a routine police department exercise, actually looks more like a fun day at the track for some of the officers. They have tested 0 to 60 mph times, 0 to 100 mph times, vehicle to speed, and even braking times. It is interesting to see how police cruisers stacked up against one another, and we have the results, but the real question is: How do they compare against other cars on the road?

Some of the police cruisers tested include the Chevy Caprice Interceptor, and the Ford EcoBoost Interceptor Sedan and Utility Interceptors. The L.A.S.D. and the M.S.P. didn’t provide results outside of how the police cruisers performed amongst one another, but here at Topspeed, we’ve taken the time to compare them to some higher-end cars from the same manufacturers. So, now that the results are in, let’s take a look.

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Ford Moves Lincoln Production To Make Room For The Explorer

Ford Moves Lincoln Production To Make Room For The Explorer

Ford appears to be making decisions on production schedules and placement regarding the popular Explorer SUV and its Police Interceptor derivative, and in the process, is affecting several sedans including the Taurus, Lincoln MKS, and upcoming Continental.

The automaker is working to free up production space within its Chicago Assembly Plant to accommodate for the increased sales of the Explorer – a vehicle Ford suspects will sell even better as the refreshed 2016 model begins rolling on dealer lots. Currently the Chicago plant produces the Taurus and Explorer, along with both vehicles’ Police Interceptor counterparts, and the Lincoln MKS.

It is the MKS that will make room for greater Explorer production numbers as the Lincoln is phased out in 2016. The MKS shares its platform with the Taurus and will be replaced by the upcoming Continental.

Since the Continental rides on a modified version of the Fusion’s platform, Ford will likely slot its production for the Flat Rock, Michigan plant where the Fusion is currently built.

Ford says Explorer sales are up some 15 percent so far this year. That’s compared to the 30 percent sales decline for the Taurus and 19 percent drop for the MKS. Last year Ford built 284,993 Explorer, and with the extra production capacity, that number will likely rise about 300,000.

What’s more, Ford has cut its regularly scheduled two-week summer shutdown back to one week at several of its production facilities, including Chicago, to help meet customer demand.

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2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

2016 Ford Police Interceptor Utility

The boys in blue are getting an updated version of their Ford Explorer, the Police Interceptor Utility. The changes follow those of the revised civilian version due out for 2016, with a reworked front and rear fascia and an updated interior.

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2016 Ford Explorer

2016 Ford Explorer

Originally introduced for the 1991 model year as a midsize SUV to replace the Bronco II, the Ford Explorer quickly became one of the most popular utility vehicles in America. Sporting a traditional body-on-frame design and powered by a 4.0-liter V-6, the first-gen Explorer was replaced in 1994. New redesigns followed in 2000, 2005 and 2010, when the fifth-generation model was launched with a modern unibody platform. Designed by former Land Rover designer Jim Holland, the fifth-gen Explorer was also the first iteration to ditch the boxy styling of its predecessor and received a host of new convenience features. The Sport trim level joined the lineup for 2013, but other than that the Explorer remained relatively unchanged in its first five years on the market. As we move onto a new model year, the current fifth-gen Explorer is getting ready to retire and make way for a facelifted version.

Launched at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show and scheduled to go on sale in mid-2015, the revised Explorer boasts revised front and rear fascias and a somewhat new design language that adds more ruggedness to its sporty appearance. The new Explorer also received an updated interior, and, more importantly, a brand-new trim level with added luxury and premium features. A brand-new engine is also on the table, as Ford decided to offer the 2.3-liter EcoBoost that debuted on the Lincoln MKC for the Explorer hoping to attract more fuel conscious buyers. Read all about it after the jump.

Updated 11/26/2014: Ford revealed prices for the new Explorer which was unveiled the other days at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. Prices will range from $30,700 for the base version and up to $52,600 for the Platinum version.

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Lincoln Considers RWD Crossover

Lincoln Considers RWD Crossover

There’s been a lot of talk about Ford working on a brand-new, rear-wheel-drive sedan, while Lincoln is also reportedly pondering a RWD sedan based on the 2015 Mustang’s platform. A new report from The Truth About Cars says Lincoln is indeed developing a rear-wheel-drive model, but it seems the vehicle won’t be a traditional sedan. According to TTAC, the luxury mark wants to develop a crossover, so it can expand its presence in this ever-growing segment.

Our source here also speculates the yet unnamed Lincoln will be based on the next-generation Explorer. This means the new vehicle isn’t scheduled to arrive before the 2018 model year, when the redesigned Explorer will go on sale. While there are no styling or technology details about the upcoming Lincoln crossover, we expect the next-gen Explorer to endure extensive cosmetic surgery. Motivation is likely to be provided by a couple of EcoBoost engines mated to Ford’s future nine-speed automatic transmission.

Note: Lincoln MKX Concept Crossover pictured here.

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Ford's Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

Ford’s Future Product Plans Unveiled, Mustang to get a 10-Speed Gearbox

2014 is shaping up to be a great year for Ford. The redesigned Mustang is set to go on sale as the first version of the pony to reach global markets, while the new-generation F-150 introduces the aluminum body to the pickup-truck segment. New additions also include the revised Expedition SUV and Transit van, introduced for the first time in North America as a replacement for the long-running E Series.

2015 will be equally busy, with several new or refreshed vehicles to hit dealer lots. The new Super Duty trucks, the Edge crossover, and the restyled Focus are the most important additions that come to mind. But Ford has a lot more going on for the remainder of the decade, according to Automotive News, who managed to obtain more details about what Ford may have in store for the next three years. Read on to find out more about Ford’s future product plans.

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2014 - 2015 Ford Explorer

2014 - 2015 Ford Explorer

Ford unveiled the Explorer back in 1990, and since this debut, the Explorer has seen five generations. The latest of these generations came in 2011.

The fifth-generation Explorer moved on a new D4 platform, a modified version of the D3 platform that is also used for Flex and Taurus. With this shift in platforms, the Explorer also received a completely revised exterior, a new line of engines and an interior that is both refined and very user friendly.

Like with pretty much all the other models in Ford’s lineup, the 2014 Explorer is offered in three trim levels: base, XLT and Limited, with prices starting from $29,600 plus $895 destination and delivery charges.

For 2014, the modifications given to the Explorer are minimal, and include a few new exterior colors and the shuffling of standard features.

Updated 06/13/2014: Ford released today details on the 2015 Explorer which will be available at dealers later this month. For 2015, Explorer will get a new appearance package for the XLT version, three new exterior colors, new 18-inch aluminum wheels and Class III trailer tow package offered as standard on Explorer Sport.

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2014 Ford Explorer Sport

2014 Ford Explorer Sport

The 2014 Ford Explorer Sport is a welcome addition to the TopSpeed Garage with its racy 20-inch wheels and twin-turbocharged V-6 engine. Taurus SHO enhancements transform the Explorer package from just a family-friendly AWD seven-seater into a taut performance machine that is both fun to drive and luxurious on the road.

The $40,000 Sport comes in as the top Explorer trim level, and the only one to get the 365-horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost engine. Dozens of performance and luxury enhancements join the potent powerplant: a sport-tuned suspension, huge vented disc brakes with front and rear performance calipers, dark-tinted headlights and a gloss-black grille round out the exterior mods for this performance variant.

The changes extend indoors as well, where the Explorer Sport is the pick of the range with leather-trimmed, heated sports buckets up front. Standard MyFord Touch by Sony and a powerful stereo join the fun, as do illuminated scuff plates and custom Sport badging.

As one of the best-known Ford nameplates, the Explorer lost its coveted spot as the default midsize SUV over the early 2000s following the introduction of the BMW X5 and a host of other truly premium models.

This latest all-new generation of Explorer has evolutionary styling but a sophisticated unibody design to replace the old Explorer’s body-on-frame construction.

After years in the doldrums, the Explorer Sport’s engine brings the magic back with a globally-competitive crossover package that can comfortably seat seven people and deliver 22 mpg on the highway.

The turbo power of the Explorer Sport trim helps the Ford stand apart from the segment-leading Buick Enclave and Nissan Pathfinder – but is the Ford’s fun-to-drive nature enough to reclaim buyers seeking a premium seven-passenger crossover?

Click past the jump for the full review of the 2014 Ford Explorer Sport, including a video walkthrough of the car’s interior at start up and during the 0-60 sprint.

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Sport SUV Comparison: Haulin’ Tail and the Family

We spend loads of time reviewing sports and supercars that we tend to forget all about the SUV realm. Back in the 1980s, when the SUV was just starting to become the new fad, there were no performance models to speak of.

In the 1990s, we caught a glimpse of out first true performance SUV, as the GMC Typhoon hit the market in very limited numbers. The Typhoon boasted stout numbers, as GM managed to pump a full 280 ponies from its typically underwhelming 4.3-liter engine. To boot, the Typhoon is still competitive today – in terms of speed – as it hots 60 mph in just 5.3 seconds and clears the quarter in 14.1 ticks.

Unfortunately, the Typhoon was only a 2-door model and lacked the typical SUV utility. GMC also produced a little over 4,000 examples, so they were and remain very scarce. What’s cool though, is just how closely matched the Typhoon still is when compared to today’s performance SUVs. It’ll never beat the likes of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT or the Porsche Cayenne, but it can certainly hold its own pretty well, especially for a 19-year-old SUV.

We took a look at the current world of performance SUVs to figure out who is top dog. Click past the jump to find out the results.

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Car Infographics: Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup

Car Infographics: Automotive Fantasy Football Lineup

Okay, so there are two things that I really love, besides my family and close friends, of course. Those two things are cars (obviously) and football. With my love of football comes my love of fantasy football, much to my wife’s chagrin.

Well, the folks over at Shopautoweek have taken both of my loves and put them together in the form of automotive fantasy football. They chose a lineup of cars to make up the offensive side of a football team.

The team consists of a full assortment of offensive linemen, which you actually don’t have in most fantasy football leagues: a quarterback, fullback, running back, tight end, and two wide receivers. They even went as far as putting out a scouring report listing why they selected each car for these respective positions.

We do disagree with some of their selections, but overall it is a good effort. So check out the full infographic after the jump and let us know in the comments section what cars you would put on your team.

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California Highway Patrol Chooses Explorer as Crown Vic Replacement

Most of us have all heard the saying that it is not so hard to outrun a cop car, but it’s impossible to outrun their radios. It looks as if the California Highway Patrol is taking that to heart, as it chose the Ford Explorer over the Taurus and Charger Pursuit Car as the replacement for the outgoing Crown Victoria police cruiser. According to the CHP’s representatives, the reasoning for choosing an SUV over the uni-body vehicles is payload capacity, as the CHP can hauls up to 1,700 lbs of people and gear in its vehicles at any given time.

The only two other vehicles that gave the Explorer any competition were the Chevy Tahoe Police Package and Dodge Durango Special Services. The Durango never got a chance, as it was too late for it to receive a pursuit rating in time and Chrysler never submitted a bid. There is no indication on how the testing panned out between the Explorer and Tahoe, but the CHP chose the Explorer based on a lower bid, so chances are that the Tahoe outperformed the Explorer, but was simply too expensive.

Now, don’t start thinking that this is any old Explorer that you can run down to a local Ford dealership and pick up. Ford removed the standard 290-horsepower 3.5-liter V-6 and dropped in the 3.7-liter V-6 borrowed from the F-150 that produces 302 horsepower and 278 pound-feet of torque. The standard 3.5-liter engine gets the Explorer to 60 mph in an acceptable 8.3 seconds, so we would figure the extra 12 ponies and 23 pound-feet should cut that down to about 8 seconds.

Yeah, the Explorer PPV is no speed demon, but as we said before, it is much harder to outrun a radio signal than it is a cop car. So this choice was more of a combination of cost and utility than pure speed. Besides, most highway patrols have special pursuit vehicles just for those pesky high-speed pursuits when patrol cars and radios just aren’t enough.

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

The film on the teaser reel has barely cooled down and Ford is already debuting the high performance version for their Explorer SUV. The new Explorer Sport will make its world debut next week at the 2012 New York Auto Show and will arrive in dealerships later this year.

The Explorer Sport will feature a muscular, sculpted form with subtle cues to differentiate it from the other models in the lineup. Under the hood, Ford has placed a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine that delivers a total of 350 HP. Combined with four-wheel drive and a Terrain Management System, the new Explorer Sport delivers the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high- performance SUVs: 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway.

"Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup," said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. "This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever."

UPDATE 06/08/2012: Thanks to an online configurator revealed today by Ford, we can now offer the official pricing for the 2013 Explorer Sport. Get yours today for $40,720.

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Video: Ford Teases a Performance Model 2013 Explorer

Video: Ford Teases a Performance Model 2013 Explorer

Ford has not been shy with new high-performance models in its 2013 lineup. First came the newly redesigned Fusion with an optional 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine, then the Focus ST with the same 2.0-liter turbocharged engine. So what’s next for Ford? We think Ford may have tipped its hand with a recent video.

In this video (above) you can see a teaser of what’s to come. From what it looks like, Ford will be announcing a high-performance model of the 2013 Ford Explorer on Wednesday, March 28th. It is all speculation as of yet, but with the ominous sounds of an engine reaching high rpm, what else could it be?

We may be reading way too much into the video, but if you watch carefully at the 0:10 mark, you will see a speedometer on the left. Count the seconds it takes for this thing to reach 60 mph. By our estimation that Explorer hits 60 mph just shy of 5.5 seconds. Now, that could be just a sped up video of a standard Explorer, but if it’s authentic, that is one mean midsize SUV. That isn’t quite in the Grand Cherokee SRT8’s range, but it’s still impressive.

Most rumors in the industry are saying that this model, which may be dubbed an SHO, will feature the same 365-horsepower, 3.5-liter turbocharged V-6 connected to an all-wheel-drive system as the 2013 Taurus SHO. This would be a welcome addition to the existing 2013 Explorer lineup, which already includes a standard 290-horsepower, 3.5-liter V-6 and an optional 240-horsepower, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine.

The video says “Coming 3-28-2012,” so we will simply wait and see what the specifics are. As we type this, it just rolled over to 12:00 a.m. on the 28th and still no details… Sheesh, Ford, take your time why don’t ya. In all honesty though, Ford has a live chat with its SUV Marketing Manager and Chief Engineer on its Facebook page setup for 2:30 p.m. EDT, so details are likely to be revealed at that time.

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2011 Ford Explorer Tony Hawk Edition by Galpin Auto Sports

2011 Ford Explorer Tony Hawk Edition by Galpin Auto Sports

This 2011 Ford Explorer is special for a number of things. For one, it was jointly built and designed by Galpin Auto Sports and skateboard legend Tony Hawk. The other and more important reason why this particular Explorer isn’t your normal SUV is because it was built for the 2011 Standup for Skateparks event in Las Vegas. The event was organized by the Tony Hawk Foundation with the mission to build free public skateparks in low-income areas.

For now, the special Explorer SUV is at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show to turn some serious heads. It’s been painted with a custom gray paint and comes with a blacked-out front grille and trim pieces. GAS then added side vents and custom paint accents to the hood of the Explorer while also custom painting the Tony Hawk logo on the fenders and liftgate. Finally, GAS put in a new set of Savini multi-piece wheels wrapped around Pirelly performance tires.

As a man who’s completely in-tune with his inner-child, Hawk wanted the interior of his SUV to be built with plenty of entertainment options. So in addition to the fully custom Katzkin leather interior, the Explorer’s interior also has a new set of custom skateboard racks and an in-car Sony Entertainment System with its own Playstation 3 gaming console.

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2011 Ford Explorer XXVI by Galpin Auto Sports

2011 Ford Explorer XXVI by Galpin Auto Sports

Galpin Auto Sports has always demonstrated an unbridled desire to be one step ahead of the game as far as their custom vehicles are concerned. Their latest program for the 2011 Ford Explorer is no different. Fitted with what is arguably one of the most comprehensive tuning programs for the Ford SUV to date, the Explorer XXVI is primed and ready for action at the 2011 SEMA Auto Show.

There are many things that stand out with this Explorer, beginning with a one-of-a-kind Matte Bruised Blue pearl paint finish designed by GAS and mixed by PPG. That eye-catching color is complimented by matte finished headlights and taillights and a custom fabricated grille. Suspension set-ups courtesy of Eibach springs and a new set of 24" Savini wheels wrapped in Pirelli tires complete the exterior program for the Explorer XXVI.

And then there’s the interior, which is a whole new conversation piece in itself. The seats have been dressed in custom leather with matching Stingray inserts, suede door panels, and a custom suede headliner. Moreover, the Explorer XXVI also has a radical surround sound system that includes 26 JL Audio speakers wrapped in LED trim, producing a hair-raising output of 2,000 watts. Finally, an iPad was also installed in the SUV, as well as a 360-degree camera that lets you keep tabs on just about everybody that’s eyeballing your insane SUV.

UPDATE 12/10/11: Official photos of the Galpin Auto Sports’ Ford Explorer XXVI program have officially been released. Check out all the snapshots of the souped-up ’Bowtie SUV’ in the gallery below!

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2012 Ford Explorer by DSO Eyewear

2012 Ford Explorer by DSO Eyewear

DSO Eyewear is clearly not a new automaker looking to steal the scene, but they are experts in developing sunglasses. What does this have to do with the 2011 SEMA Auto Show? Well, DSO Eyewear has teamed up with Ford to work on a customized Ford Explorer. According to the companies’ initial statements, their Explorer was inspired by current fashion trends and embraces an active sports urban lifestyle.

The new Explorer by DSO Eyewear features a cool BASF Pearl Tri-Coat White paint with black chrome detailing on the exterior to give the car a contemporary look. The exterior also gets a new set of Niche 24-inch three-piece wheels that are combined with a lowered suspension. The exterior gives way to the interior showcasing Katzkin Midnight Tuscany leather with perforated Raven Suede accents. The lighting is high-tech, with Advanced Automotive Concepts custom LED headlamps.

Nothing else was said about the Ford Explorer, so we’ll all have to tune in to the 2011 SEMA Auto Show next week to see if DSO Eyewear should keep their day job.

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2012 Ford Explorer by Stitchcraft Interiors

2012 Ford Explorer by Stitchcraft Interiors

Ford’s presence at the upcoming SEMA Show won’t be just about customizing models like the Fiesta and the Focus. The American automaker is also pitching packages for the bigger families based on the new Ford Explorer. The SUV may not be as fun as the previously mentioned hatchbacks, but it still plays an important part in Ford’s line-up in Las Vegas.

One of the more impressive update packages comes from Stitchcraft Interiors and is called the "Business Edition." As its name suggests, the car is all about offering a more luxurious interior for high-demanding customers. This idea was achieved with Alcantara leather seating, interior accents, door panels, and Orion Car Audio amps, speakers, and wiring. Stitchcraft Interiors also matched study trays to the interior and accents. The exterior is painted in a Seaside Collision two-tone paint scheme with charcoal and orange side graphics.

"The all-new Ford Explorer lends itself to a lot of customization trends because there are so many directions you can go in. Whether it’s amping up the style, performance or capability, they all work seamlessly with Explorer," said Melvin Betancourt, Ford SEMA Design Manager.

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2011 Ford Explorer Tijn Edition

2011 Ford Explorer Tijn Edition

Just like skirts getting blown up by the wind, teaser images like these just leaves a whole lot to the imagination. Can’t you guys raise the covers up a little bit more?

In any case, what you see is the second Ford model that Tjin Edition is set to bring at the 2011 SEMA Show in Las Vegas in two weeks time. We already showed you the Ford Mustang, so this time around, you can get your speculations on as to what the aftermarket company did to the Ford Explorer.

The image doesn’t shed a whole lot apart from that custom 24" iForged Concave wheel that appears to be part of Tjin Edition’s package for the Explorer.

In any case, the company did reveal a slew of other options added on to the Ford Explorer, including a custom Dupont paint finish, a lowered Einbach suspension set-up, large Baer brakes, a Thule bike rack, a black leather interior by LR Auto Body, and a pair of Recaro child seats, among other things.

No word yet on whether the Explorer will carry a similar performance upgrade as the Mustang, but hey, that’s what teasing is all about. The good news is that we won’t have to wait long before the unveiling as SEMA is only two weeks away from opening.

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Video: Ford test drives its new police interceptors

Video: Ford test drives its new police interceptors

Just in case you have any doubts about the capabilities of Ford’s new line-up of Police Interceptors, the Blue Oval has gone ahead and released a series of six videos that should turn even the most hardened of skeptics into believers.

In the videos, both the Taurus and Explorer-based Interceptors were subjected underwent various test demonstrations on performance, handling, and durability while being test-driven by real police officers and compared against rival manufacturers and their own police interceptors. According to Ford, these officers were not paid for their participation and whose comments and opinions were their own and not necessarily representing the opinions of their respective police agencies.

It’s a fascinating look at how these cars fit into the standards set about by a lot of law-enforcement agencies, all of which hold these cars as critical in assisting their cause of maintaining law and order in their respective areas.

As a refresher on the two distinct Ford Interceptor models, the Explorer Interceptor has a 3.7-liter V6 engine mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox and delivers 300 horsepower and E85 compatibility, while the Taurus is offered with a choice of two engine choices - a 280-horsepower 3.5-liter V6 that’s also E85 compatible or a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 twin-turbocharged engine with direct-injection that produces 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque.

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2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

Just two years ago, fast-rising gas prices and a severely shaken economy seemed to spell doom for a large segment of the SUV market—a segment that included Ford’s once iconic mid-size Explorer.

Regardless of outside circumstances, the Explorer had fallen on hard times. Seemingly neglected by the brand as it focused on the five-seat Edge and the boxy Flex crossover, the Explorer seemed headed to the great junkyard in the sky.

Instead of letting it slide into oblivion, however, Ford decided to give the Explorer a thorough redesign. Now riding on a unibody structure, the 2011 Explorer drops the V-8 and makes the previously optional third-row seat standard.

It also moves the Explorer to front-wheel drive with an available all-wheel drive system that has a Terrain Management System that can be adjusted depending on varying road conditions.

Exterior

The new Explorer is stylishly sculpted, with a handsome grille and a purposeful stance. It’s conservative without being bland and boring like the previous model. It’s easy on the eyes in the same way that a cute Hollywood starlet is as she moves across the screen.

It also looks smaller than it at actually is—it looks fairly svelte for a mid-size SUV. It’s not as sporty as the rival Jeep Grand Cherokee, but it’s close. It does come across as slicker than the admittedly handsome redesigned Dodge Durango.

Interior

There’s plenty of head and legroom for tall drivers, and the second-row seat is more than acceptable. The third is tight for all but children, and cargo space with the third row up is limited.

The big news is the addition of the MyFordTouch system, which mostly does with away with knobs and buttons in favor of a more iPod-like setup. It also integrates the navigation system into the gauges, which are customizable. Ford’s Sync multimedia system is also improved.

Engines

There are two engines available: A standard 3.5-liter V-6 that makes 290 horsepower, and later in the year, an optional 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbocharged four-cylinder that will make 237 horsepower. Fuel economy hasn’t been certified on the four-cylinder yet, but the V-6 is rated at 17 mpg city and 25 mpg highway.

Acceleration isn’t great—there’s about 4,600 lb to haul around here, and it shows. Not to mention that it takes the transmission a beat or two before downshifting—I swear I could’ve played a Led Zeppelin medley during the that time.

Test Drive

Perhaps the biggest improvement from the previous generation is in the ride—the 2011 Explorer has a car-like ride that’s highly compliant and comfortable on the freeway. The unibody construction gets credit for that.

Handling is a mixed bag. The Explorer is buttoned-down, with relatively damped body roll, and it takes a set nicely, but again, its mass is more than a little noticeable. A canyon carver it ain’t, but it holds its own when pushed. Steering feel is accurate and precise—it feels nicely dialed-in for an electric power-assisted unit. I don’t expect most Explorer buyers to hustle it on a twisty road—Bed, Bath and Beyond parking lots seem to be the natural environment for these vehicles—but those who do will be pleasantly surprised.

Noise is well-muffled, with very little wind/road/tire noise coming through to the cabin.

Ford will readily admit that the Explorer isn’t an off-road basher like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but thanks in part to the Terrain Management System, it can hold its own on a pretty challenging off-road course.

Those who tow will note that the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs, and it offers features like trailer-sway control and a zoom feature on the rearview camera that can be used to make hooking up a trailer easier.

There are other high-tech features available on the Explorer, such as a collision-warning system, a capless fuel filler, a “curve control” system that automatically slows the vehicle when a corner is taken too quickly, a blind-spot alert system, a hill-descent control system, a cross-traffic alert system, adaptive cruise control, and a media hub that can be used to turn the Explorer into a mobile wi-fi hotspot.

Explorer comes in three flavors: Base ($28,995), XLT ($31,995), and top-dog Limited ($37,995).

Conclusion

The natural expectation is that the Explorer will compete with the Jeep Grand Cherokee, but the vote here is that Explorer makes a better comparison to the Dodge Durango, also redesigned for 2011.

No matter what it’s pitted against, the Explorer will do well, thanks to the improved interior and exterior styling, the car-like ride, and the available technological features.

This isn’t the same Explorer that helped ignite the SUV craze 20 years ago. Instead, it’s a vehicle well-positioned to succeed in today’s much-changed SUV market.

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Three customized Ford Explorers coming to SEMA

Three customized Ford Explorers coming to SEMA

Next to the eight customized Fiestas, Ford will be also unveiling three specially built Explorers at the SEMA Show: one by Funkmaster Flex, one by CGS Performance Products, and one by Galpin.

The Funkmaster Flex Explorer features three-piece forged billet wheels, Katzkin two-tone leather seats with custom interior accents and Funkmaster Flex logos, and a Sony Xplod audio system. The Galpin version gets 24-inch wheels, custom silver paint on the exterior, and modified exterior light treatments. For the interior, Galpin added a leather-trimmed headliner and iPad pops.

Finally, the third version comes from CGS Performance Products and comes with two carbon fiber mountain bikes on the roof rack, built-in video screens in the headrests, 22-inch silver wheels, and the complete custom leather interior. A CGS cat-back exhaust provides more power, a throatier sound, and even improved fuel economy.

More details will be released at SEMA Show.

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Video: 2011 Ford Explorer is introduced to the Dubai desert

Video: 2011 Ford Explorer is introduced to the Dubai desert

Ford has taken great lengths to promote the 2011 Explorer, and it seems that there’s no end in sight as to how far these guys will go just to answer the question of how the Explorer stacks up to its ‘SUV heritage’.

To prove that the Explorer is all that and more, Ford decided to travel halfway around the world to the deserts of Dubai to give the new Explorer a trial run in the one of the world’s hottest locations. So how does Ford’s new SUV handle the atrocious conditions in Dubai, one whose temperature skyrockets to 120-something degrees on a good day and has sands so fine that cars are known to sink just by standing still?

Well, the automaker was kind enough to document the whole experiment with the Explorer’s chief designer, Donald Ufford, outlining the uniqueness of the sands in the Dubai desert – it’s finer than any sand you can find anywhere in the world – and commenting on how it provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity to test the SUV’s Terrain Management System.

We have to admit, after going through a myriad of weird teaser photos of the Explorer, we’re a little relieved to finally see the SUV in action as opposed to looking at bits and pieces of it with all those Ford executives mugging in front of the camera. It’s about time, Ford.

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2011 Ford Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

No other car company has used social networking sites quite like Ford and no other vehicle has changed the American landscape like the Explorer. For better or for worse, the Explorer kicked off the SUV craze in the United States and many years later, there is a new version on our hands.

When it was first released in 1995, the Explorer sold around 412,000 units each year until 2003. In 2000, the car sold around 445,000 units, the best year for Ford. Sadly, the 2009 model year was a low point, as the car sold around 52,000 units.

The 2011 Ford Explorer has been teased over and over again on Facebook and their page has tons of fans. The page has a drop down feature that lists details about the vehicle, along with a hidden image.

Now though, it’s all over. The speculation and the endless barrage of teaser photos are at an end. Finally. Today, Ford took the wraps off of the Explorer and like McDonalds taking the wrapper off of a new burger, America watched.

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The 2011 Ford Explorer's reveal begins

The 2011 Ford Explorer’s reveal begins

After manyteaser photos - many, many teaser photos - Ford is finally unveiling the 2011 Ford Explorer to the world today. However, in true Ford style, the unveiling will come in many videos and photos released throughout the day. They have already released two videos, one at 12:01am and another at 7:40am, and there will be plenty more as the day drags on.

Thankfully, we were able to get our own little video of the Ford Explorer’s unveiling this morning. You can check out our video above as well as some pictures we took while we were there.

The first of Ford’s videos showed Mike Rowe, host of Discovery Channel’s “Dirty Jobs” and Ford celebrity spokesman as he interviewed Ford CEO Alan Mullaly the last night. The second video was the one that everyone wants to see. Yes, we were able to witness the official unveiling of the 2011 Ford Explorer. Of course, you’ll have to sit through about three minutes and 15 seconds of Ford’s staff discuss their jobs and experiences at Ford before the tarp gets thrown off of the Explorer. Ford does seem to have a theatrical vein running through them, don’t they?

We’ll keep you posted on the videos they decide to throw out at us throughout the day. Of course, we’ll try to lump them all together so you won’t have to set your alarm for each piece of information as Ford dishes it out sparingly.

Hit the jump for the two videos already released by Ford.

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Ford has one more teaser of the 2011 Explorer to show us

Ford has one more teaser of the 2011 Explorer to show us

The good news is that the unveiling of the 2011 Ford Explorer is just one day away. The bad news is, with one day before the unveiling, we don’t know how many more teasers of the new SUV we can stomach from these guys.

Okay, it’s not that we don’t appreciate the effort they give out, but at some point, the whole definition of ‘teasing’ a vehicle loses its meaning when you come out with one every other day – or so it seems.

We can only be teased for so long without the whole thing becoming ridiculous and in the case of the 2011 Explorer, we’ve seen just about enough teasing of it – and, unwittingly, the front office execs and their smiling faces on some of the photos – that it’s becoming a little, shall we say, repetitive.

Thankfully, we’ll all be spared from anymore of this on the 26th of July, at which time Ford will officially take the covers off of the SUV on their Facebook page. Now, here’s to hoping that July 26 comes fast enough, or we might be treated to yet another ho-hum teaser photo.

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Ford releases teaser photo no.6 of the 2011 Ford Explorer

Ford releases teaser photo no.6 of the 2011 Ford Explorer

If teaser photos became a barometer for sales success among automakers, then the 2011 Ford Explorer would have run away from the competition by the now. Seriously, how many teasers are we going to get of this SUV? And the worst part is, we don’t know if Ford is actually teasing the car or doing some sort of corporate headshot portfolio of its executives. With the way these images are coming out, we don’t know which is which anymore.

Okay, now that we got that out of the way, we’re here to show you another teaser image of the soon-to-be-released – thankfully! – 2011 Explorer with another smiling executive blocking the SUV from our inquisitive eyes. Turns out, the lady in the photo is Jenner Brace, one of the key figures in the design and development of the MyFord Touch. In fairness to this photo, the Explorer’s interior is in fact showing, with the SUV’s dashboard and center console sneaking in a partial spot in what looks like Ms. Brace’s headshot.

Whatever our frustrations are with Ford’s method in teasing their new SUV, all of it should be appeased pretty soon when the Blue Oval officially breaks the cover off of the 2011 Explorer next week. Yes, Ford; it’s about time.

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Ford releases yet another teaser photo - no. 5! - of the 2011 Ford Explorer

Ford releases yet another teaser photo - no. 5! - of the 2011 Ford Explorer

At this point, we’re not exactly sure if Ford wants us to set up a jigsaw puzzle with these teaser photos of the 2011 Ford Explorer because in the event that you’re not yet satisfied with the four teaser photos they’ve released - not to mention the countless outdoor teases - the Blue Oval is back with yet another one.

Ever since it began, Ford has used its Facebook page to slowly release these teaser photos, but if we’re being honest about it, all these teaser photos that don’t leave a whole lot for our imaginations to work with is getting a little old. We know the method, fellas: build the anticipation to high enough levels and climax it with the grand reveal.

For the sake of Ford, let’s hope they stick to their word and break the covers off of the 2011 Explorer at the scheduled time of the end of July. Otherwise, we don’t know how many more ‘teases’ we can handle.

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Ford releases new teaser photo for the 2011 Ford Explorer

Ford releases new teaser photo for the 2011 Ford Explorer

Little by little, teaser photo by teaser photo, the 2011 Ford Explorer is being unraveled right before our very eyes. Now, if only Ford can spare us with these images and just unveil the SUV already.

Of course, Ford most likely won’t listen to our cries for unveiling the new Explorer so we guess we’re just going to have to settle for what they show us. That being said, these here are a number of new teaser photos of the new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV, most of which, as we can expect, didn’t really show a whole lot of the Explorer. Yeah, what else is new, right?

For description’s sake, this new photo shows us the vehicle’s front quarter panel with a matching head light assembly. That’s about what we have from this new image, but Ford, apparently, has a few more images in store for us – two more action photos of the Explorer in its environmental surroundings.

Again, it’s not much. But the good news is, we shouldn’t be able to wait too long for the Explorer’s official unveiling later this year, at which time these less-than-appealing teaser photos should come to a merciful end. We sure hope Ford knows what they are doing and the new Explorer is worth all of this endless teasing.

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Video: Ford releases teaser video of 2011 Explorer doing some testing

Video: Ford releases teaser video of 2011 Explorer doing some testing

Correct us if we’re wrong, but ever since Ford decided to release teaser photos of the 2011 Ford Explorer, we’ve actually seen more of those Ford executives with their smiling mugs than we have of the actual SUV. Granted, the whole shtick is premeditated given that Ford would like to show as little of the car as possible – that’s why it’s called teasing – and they prefer to wait until the 2011 Explorer’s big reveal to lift the covers off of their new SUV.

Now, Ford is at it again, only this time they’ve opted for the video variety to tease the Explorer. And true to form, the car’s about as covered as it can get and we have yet another Ford executive trying to steal the Explorer’s thunder. This time, it’s the SUV’s program manager, Julie Levine, who spends the majority of the video describing in great detail the rigorous testing the Explorer is subjected to. In fairness, the SUV is shown for most of the video, but not as exposed as we’d like it to be.

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Ford's marketing manager poses in front of the 2011 Ford Explorer

Ford’s marketing manager poses in front of the 2011 Ford Explorer

If you’re wondering why we’re showing you a photo of Amy Marentic, Ford’s marketing manager, it’s not because we have the eyes for her, although she is a real looker. It’s more because of what’s hiding behind her.

That, dear friends, is the 2011 Ford Explorer, which the Blue Oval is once again teasing in an entirely unconventional way. In a recent interview with Reuters, Ford released this teaser photo, possibly in an effort to spark brand interest in the SUV that, according to Marentic, has lost its fair share of customers in recent years.
"Right now six out of ten who own an Explorer defect to another brand," she points out. "We want to switch that around and keep all of those customers like we used to in the early to mid-1990s."

Of course, achieving that is easier said than done and Ford knows that reinventing the Explorer is probably the only chance they have in winning back their past customers. That being said, the 2011 Explorer looks to be a step in the right direction but we’d be a little more excited if they just showed us more detailed photos of the SUV before its July unveiling.

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Ford releases new batch of teasers for the 2011 Explorer SUV

Ford releases new batch of teasers for the 2011 Explorer SUV

The whole purpose of teaser photos, at least as far as how we think of them are concerned, is to divulge certain aspects of a vehicle without going a little overboard. Normally, these kind of teaser photos are those that get us a little excited about the vehicle.

Unfortunately, though, Ford seems to think that their batch of teasers accomplish this very objective. It’s not that we don’t like them, it’s just that the teaser photos they’ve been releasing of the 2011 Ford Explorer are, shall we say, peculiar. If we’re allowed to be honest for a second, then we have no problem saying that we expected a little more out of these guys.

Okay, that’s not entirely true. We expected a lot more from these guys than a few photos of the car’s trunk with stuff on it, one with partial shots of the manual transmission, and another of just the two cup holders. If we’re going to be excited about the 2011 Explorer, we’re going to need Ford to tease us with photos that can get our imaginations running.

Come one, Ford. Give us something other than mindless features.

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Ford releases new teasers for the 2011 Explorer

Ford releases new teasers for the 2011 Explorer

So this is how Ford likes to play, huh?

We’re not quite sure if Ford wants us to play "Spot the new Explorer", but judging from how these new teaser photos were thought of, it certainly looks like it.

If Ford is looking to peg the new 2011 Explorer as something that’s in its element in the wild, then these photos do a good job at making that point clear. It’s also looking like the Explorer will be revealed gradually before the SUV gets fully undressed sometime in July. If you remember a few weeks ago, we showed you the first teaser photo - although, similar to these new ones, that didn’t leave a whole for our imaginations to work on - of the Explorer, or at least a small part of it, posing with its chief designer Jim Holland.

There’s no indication from Ford if they’re going to take this teasing game any further in the coming weeks, but if we know these people like we think we do, then we’re pretty sure that they’re going to come out with something a little stranger the next time around.

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2011 Ford Explorer revealed, or at least parts of it

2011 Ford Explorer revealed, or at least parts of it

Here’s a new look at what is possibly the 2011 Ford Explorer. Except that it’s not really the whole car. Actually, it’s more of like a partial vehicle display of what is possibly the 2011 Ford Explorer. So, what if it’s not complete. Beggars can’t be choosers, right?

Despite it being only a partial display, it’s becoming increasingly clear that, with all the subtle hints this particular display and the 2011 Ford Explorer have in common, this is, indeed, the one. Among the notable characteristics this display has in common with spy shots of the newExplorer we’ve already seen include a nearly identical C-pillar that is found on both the real SUV and this display. In addition to that, Jim Buczkowski, Ford’s Electrical Systems Director, talked about a number of electronic and safety features found on the car, including an electronic parking system, and a new safety restrained "seat bag" system, which Buczkowski said would be included in the new Ford Explorer.

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2011 (maybe 2012) Ford Explorer rendered, again

2011 (maybe 2012) Ford Explorer rendered, again

While we are all sitting around and waiting to see the final production version of the 2012 Ford Explorer, all we seem to get are more and more renderings of the future Explorer. The Australian magazine, Car Advice, revealed today new details on the future SUV that will be released at the end of the year along with a computer generated rendering as seen above.

For the 2012 Explorer, Ford will use a 2.0-liter turbocharged, directly injected, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will find its way to a few other products as well. There will also be a more powerful 3.5-liter Ecoboost with 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque, which, according to Ford, should give the Explorer "best-in-class fuel economy and V6 performance." The Explorer will also be made of a unibody construction that will allow for a decrease in weight that, in turn, will provide better fuel economy.

The Explorer will also share Land Rover’s Terrain Response traction control system. The terrain management program will provide appropriate traction for any driving conditions the road may present to the driver using powertrain and braking controls. The system is utilized by a console-mounted, switchable knob that can provide assistance through normal driving conditions, mud, sand, and snow.

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Ford teases 2011 Explorer with chief engineer Jim Holland

Ford teases 2011 Explorer with chief engineer Jim Holland

It’s not much, but it’s something that we can still hang our hats on. Ahead of its debut, which is scheduled to be later this year, Ford released a teaser image of the 2011 Explorer with chief engineer Jim Holland.

It doesn’t show a great deal of the new SUV except for parts of the clamshell hood, the sweptback headlights, and, of course, Holland’s smiling mug. Nonetheless, Holland is confident that the new Explorer would carry the high-standing tradition its predecessors have built over the years. "When you see it, you know it’s a Ford, you will know it is an SUV, and you will know it’s a very modern interpretation of our Explorer," he said.

While recent spy shots of the Explorer have given us more light on its design aesthetics, we do know that the new SUV will come with an option between a 2.0-liter four-cylinder Ecoboost and a more powerful 3.5-liter Ecoboost with 355 hp (265 kW / 360 PS) and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque, which, according to Ford, should give the Explorer "best-in-class fuel economy and V6 performance."

Ford has yet to announce the exact date and place of the new Explorer’s debut, but we’re pretty sure that it’s going to happen within the year, maybe towards the latter part of 2010. Either way, it should be something a lot of us will look forward to.

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2011 Ford Explorer – Touch the New Dimension!

It is decided Ford will build its next-generation Explorer at its Chicago Assembly Plant. Ford’s Chicago Assembly Plant manager Jan Allman said “Ford will unveil the car this summer”. Ford’s spokesman Jay Ward said "the Explorer will move to a unibody platform and offer significantly better gas mileage than before". Here are few details and know how’s about Ford’s upcoming model - 2011 Ford Explorer!

2011 Ford Explorer offers a line of new cars that features “single-touch” stackable, sliding seats that allow for convenient access to the second row; It’s a all new and most unique feature that Fords going to offer. Along we this, we may also expect to see 2-2-2 seating package or may be the standard setup will include a three-person second-row bench and a two-person third-row bench. The new upcoming 2011 Ford Explorer consists of work table with seats, a three-dimensional compass and navigation system unit with a topographical map built right into the instrument panel. The forthcoming model of Ford is a midsize sport-utility vehicle with all or rear driving wheels. Standard 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 Engine availability. 280 pound-feet (four-cylinder), 340 (V6) torque, 275 (four-cylinder), 340 (V6) Horsepower, and six-speed automatic transmission availability. The dimension of the approaching model Ford Explorer will be built following the American standards like 115.7 inches wheel base, 191 length base, 79.5 width followed by 70 inches weighting nearly 4500 pounds. All these car specifications denote that the upcoming model of Ford will have heavily bulged wheel arches, rounded body corners, and a high, bluff front with a shiny three-bar Ford-brand grille.

The 2011 Ford Explorer will have unique construction, unlike its predecessor. Its being suspected that the new 2011 Ford Explorer will come up with similar interior design to Taurus X but is not yet confirmed. Despite of these huge specifications, the new FORD model used lightweighted materials to reduce weight than its previous model.

So, let’s look forward and wait for the all new 2011 Ford Explorer! Will it be able to touch the new dimension?

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2008 Ford Explorer America

2008 Ford Explorer America

The Ford Explorer America concept showcases a new kind of utility for the vehicle customers have known and loved for years: even better fuel efficiency.

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2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2008 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Ford’s exclusive Sync hands-free in-car communications and entertainment system will be available late in the model year. Ford Sync™ allows seamless integration of mobile phones and handheld media players via Bluetooth technology and USB connectivity. Voice activation is added to Sport Trac’s available navigation system for 2008 as well.

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2008 Ford Explorer

2008 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer leads the mid-size SUV segment in sales, and remains the first choice when looking for a vehicle that will serve family adventures well. For 2008, Explorer adds new technology and safety features while still meeting the needs of SUV customers with its generous interior and capable towing performance.

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Ford places 4.6L V8, 3.5L V6 Duratec on Ward's 10 best list

Ford places 4.6L V8, 3.5L V6 Duratec on Ward’s 10 best list

Though the Oscars are still a few weeks away, Ford Motor Company has already taken home some "gold" recognition — for its engines.
Ford was the only domestic automaker to earn two spots on the Ward’s 10 Best Engines list for 2007. Mazda also earned recognition for its DISI 2.3L turbocharged DOHC I-4.
Ward’s 10 Best Engines 2007
Audi AG FSI 2L Turbocharged DOHC I-4 BMW AG 3L DOHC I-6 BMW AG 3L Turbocharged DOHC I-6 DaimlerChrysler AG 3L DOHC V-6 Turbodiesel (...)

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2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

The 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac combines attributes of the best-selling Ford Explorer and best-selling Ford F-150. The Sport Trac is new from the ground up, including its innovative cargo box with tiered storage and a trio of integrated storage bins, complete with drain plugs.

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Fuel-Cell Explorer in L.A.

Fuel-Cell Explorer in L.A.

Ford Motor Company will raise the bar in the hydrogen fuel cell race today at the 2006 Los Angeles Auto Show when it unveils an all-new fuel cell powered Explorer that can travel 350 miles on a single fill-up, more than any fuel cell vehicle on the road.

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2007 Ford Explorer

2007 Ford Explorer

The 2007 Ford Explorer continues with a simplified series strategy and increased availability of appearance and component packages will help consumers better configure an Explorer that perfectly meets their needs and desires.

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Ford Sport Trac 2007 earns NHTSA'S highest crash test ratings

Ford Sport Trac 2007 earns NHTSA’S highest crash test ratings

The all-new 2007 Ford Sport Trac has earned the government’s highest five star crash test ratings for frontal and side impacts for drivers and passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), achieving the best available crash test rating reflects a vehicle’s ability to reduce the likelihood of injuries and fatalities when accidents occur.
“We’re pleased that NHTSA has recognized the new Sport Trac with its highest possible crash test ratings,” says Sue (...)

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Neither rain, nor snow can stop the Ford Explorer or Five Hundred

Neither rain, nor snow can stop the Ford Explorer or Five Hundred

The prestigious New England Motor Press Association (NEMPA) today named the 2006 Ford Explorer the Best-in-Class SUV and the Five Hundred Best-in-Class All Weather Sedan, both in the $25,000-$30,000 category, in the association’s 9th Official Winter Vehicle of New England competition.
The annual competition tests new automotive models in one of the most demanding environments—a New England winter—to determine the best of the new crop. Vehicles are selected in 13 price and segment categories (...)

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2006 Ford Explorer

2006 Ford Explorer

Ford Explorer has been the world’s best-selling SUV for 15 consecutive years with sales totaling nearly 5.5 million because it adheres to a simple formula: put people first. Since its introduction in 1990, Explorer has defined the SUV segment by offering the capability of an SUV for towing and off-roading, along with innovations in package, comfort and refinement.

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Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Earn NHTSA's Highest Crash Test Ratings

Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer Earn NHTSA’s Highest Crash Test Ratings

Ford Explorer and Mercury Mountaineer have earned the government’s highest rating, five stars, in the New Car Assessment Program frontal and side impact crash test for drivers and passengers. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), achieving the best available crash test rating reflects a vehicle’s ability to reduce the likelihood of injuries and fatalities when accidents occur.
“We’re pleased that NHTSA has recognized Explorer and Mountaineer with its highest (...)

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2006 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

2006 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

The 2007 Ford Explorer Sport Trac combines attributes of the best-selling Ford Explorer and best-selling Ford F-150. The Sport Trac is new from the ground up, including its innovative cargo box with tiered storage and a trio of integrated storage bins, complete with drain plugs.

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