5 Things We Learned About the 2020 Explorer from Leaked Order Guide
Leaked 2020 Ford Explorer Police Interceptor order guide gives us clues of what to expect from the civilian version.
Slowly but surely, we’re learning more details about the forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer. But most of the clues we’ve gathered have come from the police spec version of Ford’s long running SUV, the Police Interceptor Utility.
Thus far, the biggest news revolves around the much-heralded move back to a rear-wheel drive configuration and the presence of a high-performance ST model. And now, thanks to a pair of leaks from Explorer Forum and Blue Oval Forums, we’re able to draw an even more concise picture of the civilian model 2020 Ford Explorer. Here are the five key takeaways from this fresh new information.
Expanded Powertrain Options
According to the leaked Interceptor Utility order guide, the police spec Explorer will come with three different engine options. They include a 3.3-liter V6, 3.3-liter V6 Hybrid, and 3.0-liter Ecoboost V6. All three come in all-wheel drive configuration with 10-speed automatic transmissions.
The civilian version will also be offered with those three engines, but customers can also opt for a 2.3-liter Ecoboost in base, XLT, and Limited trim. Rear-wheel drive is also available in addition to all-wheel drive.
Improved Fuel Economy
As you can see, Ford has yet to share any EPA fuel economy numbers with us. Which is par for the course, as these are typically rolled out late in the developmental process. But in the brochure for the 2020 Ford Explorer Interceptor, Ford does state that the Hybrid will return a projected 24 miles per gallon combined. That’s a full 3 mpgs better than the best current Explorer. And you can bet that we’ll see at least slight improvements across the entire range.
Ranger Leads the Way with More Power
As with the Ranger, Ford is still mum on actual power ratings for the new Explorer. But since the two will likely share a revised 2.3-liter Ecoboost V6, we can expect a boost from the outgoing model. Ford’s 3.0-liter Ecoboost currently sports an output of 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque, which should be fairly close to what we see in the Explorer.
We’d expect the 3.3-liter to remain essentially the same as the F-150’s base engine. That means ratings of 290 hp and 265 lb-ft of torque. In regards to the hybrid, all we know is that it’ll best the current 3.7-liter’s ratings of 304 hp and 279 lb-ft.
Infusion of Safety Technology
It should come as no surprise that the 2020 Ford Explorer packs all the latest in safety and convenience options. The Police Interceptor comes equipped with goodies like blind spot monitoring and pedestrian detection. But expect even more options on the various civilian Explorer trim levels.
Slightly More Interior Volume
Interior volume is up two cubic feet over the outgoing Explorer, though passenger volume remains unchanged. It might not seem like much. But the fact that Ford managed to squeeze out a little more space without making the new Explorer bigger is a win in our book.