The Explorer is the original crossover and was once the best seller in the world. However, times have changed and the car is no longer at the top of the charts. However, it’s still a mix of performance, space and affordability. The problem here is that the current version is based on a platform more than ten years old. For this reason, many have suggested that the future 2019 Ford Explorer would be an entirely new car. However, these are just rumors at this point and it remains to be seen what Ford will do.
The redesigned crossover is heavily camouflaged, but seems to have an evolutionary design that will make it instantly recognizable. The style details are hard to distinguish the model has a new front fascia with a larger grille and a prominent lower air intake. Going back further, we can see a familiar greenhouse and a relatively flat roof.
Little is known about the remodeled model, but previous reports have suggested that the Explorer could grow. The crossover could be equipped with aluminum components, including the hood, doors and tailgate to help reduce weight and improve fuel efficiency.
As far as engines go, chances are Ford will drop the naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 thirst and sell the next Explorer with the latest harvest of EcoBoost grinders. It remains to be seen whether a new 10-speed automatic transmission from the 2018 Mustang will be offered, but it would make sense for the Explorer to get it too. A front wheel drive should be standard on less models, with more expensive versions to offer defined with an AWD layout. The platform can accommodate an RWD configuration, but that does not necessarily mean the newer explorer will be available in this configuration.
The new Ford Explorer is expected to be ready for the 2019 model year, which means it will be introduced sometime in 2018. The Blue Ovale company could decide to bring it to the Detroit Auto Show in about a year from now.