No other vehicle has changed the American landscape like the Explorer. And now, we have the new Explorer!
Ford Explorer – the vehicle that defined a segment – has been completely reinvented, raising customers’ expectations of sport utility vehicle (SUV) fuel efficiency, safety, technology, capability and quality.
According to internals from Ford Motor Comp., The 2011 model will be built at Chicago’s South Side assembly plant, starting sometime in the last three months of this year.
So – What’s New on the 2011 Explorer?
The first thing you’ll notice about the new Explorer is its appearance, and it couldn’t be much more different from the more station wagon-like Flex. The 2011 Ford Explorer combines some design trends found on the Taurus along with some of the “kinetic” elements from the European division.
In addition to its clean, modern design inside and out, Explorer aims to please SUV shoppers with a thoughtful, flexible interior package that abounds with clever storage capacity. The new SUV features more head and shoulder room, three rows of flexible seating, and room for everything families want to take along on their adventures.
Since the Explorer shares its architecture with the Flex, it also has the same type of third-row folding mechanism. With the seats up, there is a deep bin behind the seats that provides ample room for groceries or gear – even with seven people in the vehicle.
The all-new Explorer targets top safety ratings with a stiff unibody structure and a class-leading suite of active and passive safety features and technologies, plus another Ford safety innovation – the world’s first second-row inflatable rear belts.
Rear seat passengers – often children or mature passengers – can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries. Ford’s unique inflatable rear belts spread impact forces across more than five times the area than conventional seat belts, reducing pressure on the chest while helping to control head and neck motion. Belt comfort should also help increase usage rates. Studies show inflatable belts to be more comfortable for passengers due to padding.
From the boron front bumper beam through the hydroformed front frame rails and high-strength steel side-impact tubes, Explorer’s rigid body structure is designed to provide robust protection for occupants. In the instance of a crash, these elements come together to protect Explorer driver and passengers inside a safety cage of strength.
Standard Explorer safety features include:
• AdvanceTracwith RSC features Curve Control functionality to provide braking – optimized by each individual wheel
• Second-generation first-row airbags, side seat airbags
• Belt-Minder® for driver and first-row passenger
• Front passenger sensing system
• Energy-management system pretensioning for height-adjustable first-row seat belts
• LATCH (Lower Anchors and Tethers for CHildren) system for outboard second-row positions, for safely securing child safety seats
• SOS Post-Crash Alert System™
• Safety Canopy® side curtain airbags
• Tire Pressure Monitoring System
Available Explorer safety features include:
• Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support
• BLIS® (Blind Spot Information System) with cross-traffic alert
Technology and gizmos
First of all we have a new tounch screen interface inside the explorer. The MyFord Touch system will be standard on up-level XLT and Limited Explorers. The base Explorer comes equipped with a non-touch version dubbed simply MyFord. Buyers can then add Sync along with that popular technology’s newly improved voice recognition capabilities.
A sleeker yet wider body, with extra hip- and shoulder-room in the first two rows inside, a taller frame, a more steeply inverted windshield, and far tighter gaps in the body shell.
A 911 Assist feature that gives emergency responders the vehicle’s location via GPS (global positioning satellite system).
Horoscopes, stock quotes, movie listings and access to airlines, rental cars and hotels can be accessed by voice command with the SYNC feature (SyncMyRide.com).
Turning the SUV into a high-speed, Wi-Fi mobile hot spot by inserting a USB mobile broadband modem into the vehicle’s USB port.
A “Send to SYNC” feature that lets the driver send Google Maps directions to the SUV, which speaks the directions out loud to the driver. The feature also lets drivers have incoming text messages read to them aloud.
Powertrain and AWD System
Since the Explorer is meant to be an SUV with real off-road capability, engineers came up with a system that manages the throttle response, transmission shift points and torque distribution management based on the driver selecting the conditions. A control knob on the center console allows the driver to choose from the default normal mode, as well as mud, snow, sand and hill-descent control modes.
The new vehicle casts an even wider net. It can still tow a 5,000-pound trailer, but its looks and mechanical underpinnings are more car-like — designed for a smooth, quiet ride. The standard engine is a 290 horsepower V6. but instead of an optional V8 with more power, Ford is offering the truck with a 237-horsepower four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that is supposed to give V6 performance with 30% better fuel economy.
the 2011 Explorer will start from $28,995, which means that the new car will be with $1,000 less expensive than the existing model.
The standard Explorer will be offered with a front-wheel drive, a 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 engine capable to deliver 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. This engine will be mated to a six-speed automatic transmission and is expected to deliver more than 20 percent