2019 Ford Explorer Prototype Caught Testing in the Wild

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Thanks to extra-heavy covers and a funky camo pattern, we know the 2019 Explorer will have windows, doors, and tires.

The Ford Explorer experienced a very light refresh for 2018, largely due to the fact that all eyes were already on the 2019 model. The upcoming SUV is rumored to sport the first complete redesign since 2011, and Ford fans throughout are eagerly awaiting any information they can get their hands on.

Good news! The good folks at TFLnow recently went “prototype hunting” in the high-altitude roads of Colorado, and they caught exactly what they were looking for: The 2019 Explorer, along with two smaller vehicles which could be the Focus and Escape.

2019 Ford Explorer Prototype

Judging by how much camouflage they’ve added, it’s clear that Ford wants to keep wondering eyeballs away, along with any news or images of what’s underneath. Sadly, we probably won’t see what’s hiding under the wraps for a few months or so. Whether this prototype actually features a fully redesigned body or just a refreshed fifth-generation model, we don’t know?

According to other spy shots, the overall vehicle doesn’t look as rounded as before. This new model seems to sport a hard-edged look reminiscent of generations past. Maybe Ford will go a bit retro?

The earliest we can expect an official word on the 2019 Explorer is early 2018, perhaps at the Detroit or Chicago Auto Show. Until then, expect to see more and more of these prototype shots floating around.

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Charles Dean is a regular contributor to Corvette Forum and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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