2020 Ford Explorer Will Supposedly Return To Its SUV Roots

Meaning it will be standard rear-wheel drive. Awesome.

Now that , attention will begin to turn towards the . However, that’s not the only Ford SUV we should be looking forward to. has found out the completely redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer will ride on the automaker’s also new modular CD6 platform, a flexible architecture that allows for front, rear-, and all-wheel-drive. The sixth-generation Explorer will feature standard rear-wheel drive while all-wheel drive will very likely be optional.

TTAC also claims the 2020 Explorer will be offered with a choice of four engines. The only one to carry-over from today’s model is the 2.3-liter turbo four. The current 3.5-liter V6, right now the most popular choice among Explorer buyers, will be dropped in favor of the F-150’s 3.3-liter V6. The 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 found in the Explorer Sport will also be dropped. Its replacement will come directly from the Lincoln MKZ and Continental: the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that’s good for 400 hp and 400 lb-ft of torque. So instead of a new Explorer Sport, there could be an Explorer ST. Lastly, there will be a hybrid option and Ford predicts this will be the most popular choice for the next Explorer Interceptor police vehicle.

Expect Ford to offer a 10-speed automatic transmission, the same one used in the F-150 and refreshed Mustang. Lincoln is also set to receive its own version of the next Explorer, and TTAC was told just two engines will be offered: the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 will be standard, while a plug-in hybrid version of that engine will be optional. A Ford inside source claims the latter will be even more fuel efficient than any existing Energi-badged models. Okay, so it doesn't appear the sixth-gen Explorer will be going back to a body-on-frame setup (that’s what the new Bronco will be for), but we never expected it to. We can live with that. But if TTAC’s report proves to be true, then a RWD-based Explorer is the next best thing.

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