The new generation of the mid-size crossover is here. It debuts as the 2020 model year, so you may presume that there are no bigger changes to come for the second production year. However, the latest reports are suggesting we could see some interesting novelties. These reports mostly refer to a new powertrain option. Other than that, the 2021 Ford Explorer should carry on with the same design characteristics, though there is a chance to see smaller updates in terms of color options, new standard equipment, etc. In any case, the new model should arrive at a typical time of year.
- Powerful engines
- Intuitive touchscreen interface
- Spacious cabin
- Rear-wheel drive
- Some rivals feel more opulent on the inside
- High base price
When it comes to the exterior design, we don’t expect to see any change in the 2021 Ford Explorer. Simply, the recent redesign has brought so many significant improvements that there is no chance we could see modifications before a mid-cycle update.
First of all, there is a new platform called CD6 and one of the biggest benefits is that the new model has switched to a rear-wheel drive. Also, the new model is notably bigger.
With a significantly longer wheelbase, it now competes with family-oriented crossovers like Chevy Traverse as well. Of course, there are new aesthetics as well, designed in a pretty conventional manner, but the overall look seems very attractive.
Big changes came on the inside as well. The new generation is more spacious and also comes with a new dashboard design. You can easily notice a much improved interior quality, while there are lots of new tech features as well, including a pretty large touchscreen at the center stack.
Another thing to mention is the list of standard safety features, which includes things like blind-spot monitors with cross-traffic alerts, hill-start assist, and automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection.
When it comes to the powertrain, most of the things will remain the same. Base models will carry on with a 2.3-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 300 horsepower. The ST model will feature a new 3.0-liter turbo V6, which delivers a full 400 horsepower.
Also, there is a hybrid version, based on a 3.3-liter V6 engine, with a combined output of 318 horsepower. For the 2021 Ford Explorer, the biggest novelty could be a plug-in hybrid version, which has already been introduced in Europe.
The system is based on a 3.0-liter turbo V6 and delivers a total amount of 450 horsepower and 600 pound-feet of torque. We are still waiting for the official confirmation.
2021 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
The 2021 Ford Explorer should hit the market sometime in the last quarter of 2020. Base models will go around $38,000.