The next generation of the famous nameplate is about to come next year, most likely as 2019 Ford Explorer. This model has been around for years. Originally known as a classic body-on-frame SUV, today’s version is a bit more adapted to the modern market. It rides on a car-like unibody platform and it is more road-focused than before. The current generation is present since 2011, which indicates soon redesign. The new model should come with some very interesting novelties while keeping base design characteristics unchanged. It will adopt the company’s new platform and probably feature RWD layout. Also, some reports suggest a revival of famous performance trim, as 2019 Ford Explorer Sport Trac. Still, it doesn’t seem so likely at the moment. Expect to see 2019 Explorer in the next year.
2019 Ford Explorer Redesign
The 2019 Ford Explorer redesign will bring a lot of interesting novelties. First of all, there is a new platform to come. We are about to see a new architecture codenamed D6. It will be used for all upcoming large cars, including revived Lincoln Aviator. At the moment, we can’t say too many precise details, but it seems that the new model will utilize a completely new aluminum body. Thanks to the new, lightweight construction, the new model will be lighter, despite bigger dimensions.
In terms of styling, don’t expect anything radical. The new model will continue with the evolution of the current model, keeping a familiar boxy shape. Still, we will see a completely new face, which will adopt the brand’s newest design language. Other areas of the vehicle will suffer as well.
How many seats will 2019 Ford Explorer feature?
As we already mentioned, the next-generation model is about to get bigger. This is a clear indicator that three rows of seating should become standard features. Most likely, the 2019 Ford Explorer will be available in versions with either 7 or 8 seats, depending on the trim level.
Besides more space, the 2019 Ford Explorer interior will also come with a completely new styling. This would mean a completely new dashboard as well, which will feature more digital controls and numerous gadgetry features. The trim level organization should remain similar, though with some renamings. The 2019 Ford Explorer Sport won’t come. Considering the company’s new designations, a performance version should be called 2019 Ford Explorer ST. Despite the new name, the base design characteristics will be pretty much the same. This will be a performance model, with a powerful V6 engine, sporty suspension, and some visual upgrades. Other than that, equipment structure should carry on in a familiar way, with well-known Limited and Platinum nameplates reserved for highest trims.
2019 Ford Explorer Engines
Under the hood, the 2019 Ford Explorer will rely on the newest EcoBoost units from the “blue oval” company. The base engine should be a 2.3-liter four-cylinder unit, which in the current model delivers around 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. A familiar 3.5-liter unit will be reserved for a performance version, with a max output increased to 400 horsepower. Also, expect to see a new 2.7-liter unit in the offer. This engine is good for about 325 horsepower.
How many MPG will 2019 Ford Explorer be able to make?
Considering expected weight reduction, the 2019 Ford Explorer should come with improvements in this aspect as well. Of course, the smallest four-cylinder engine should provide best results. In the current version, this engine returns around 19 in city and 27 MPG on a highway. Expect few more MPGs in the new generation.
2019 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
The 2019 Ford Explorer should arrive next year. It should keep a similar price range as the current model, which goes between 32.000 and 54.000 dollars, roughly.