Ford's venerable Explorer SUV is getting a major makeover for the 2011 model year. And Ford says customers will love the new version's fuel efficiency, safety, technology, capability and quality.
“The all-new Explorer will deliver today’s SUV buyers the attributes they really want and value, and a few they might not even have dreamed of,” said Mark Fields, Ford president of The Americas. “We’re proud to introduce the new Explorer to customers and fans around the world today and pleased to begin a whole new era that blends strong SUV fuel economy and performance.”
Ford says the 2011 Explorer with a V-6 engine should deliver more than 20 percent better fuel economy than the 2010 model, shattering conventional expectations for SUV fuel efficiency. When equipped with the available 2.0-liter EcoBoost I-4 engine, Ford says Explorer fuel economy is expected to improve by more than 30 percent and exceed the 2010 Honda Pilot and 2010 Toyota Highlander V6.
The Beat got a peek at the new Explorer recently and found that the exterior and interior designs are now sportier and more modern looking.
Its technology will also be impressive, thanks to the MyFord driver connection system which controls many settings such as entertainment and temperature.
The Explorer will be built at Ford's Chicago plant, and will hit dealerships this winter.