While the third-generation Ford Explorer was in development during the late 1990s a controversy involving the developed, thus the increased stability of the configuration was designed in part to reduce rollover risk. Archived from on September 30, 2010. With the third row up, there's not a ton of space in back for cargo, though the cargo well is fairly deep. For 1997, revised cylinder heads increased output of the 5. Marking the reintroduction of the waterfall grille to the Mercury brand, the Mountaineer saw two-tone and later monochromatic styling different from the Explorer.
In models with the second row-bench seat, the middle seat has a tether anchor and it can borrow the lower anchors from either side. In the right conditions, the Explorer can keep moving even if only one wheel has traction, regardless of which wheel it is. Following the January 1996 introduction of the 4. Distinguished by its color-matched grille, headlight trim, and model-specific bodywork and wheels, the Limited was offered with several model-specific features, including automatic headlights, an , , and center roof console with compass and outside thermometer. For the first generation, the three-door was available in any trim except Limited , with Sport offered as a trim exclusive to the three-door. Archived from on February 8, 2011.
The cargo floor was lowered several inches, adding nearly 10 cubic feet of total cargo room. The Explorer has all the room we need, and rides like a car. Lowering tire pressure recommendations softened the ride further and improved emergency stability through increased traction, but increased the chances of overheating tires. The grille features Ford's corporate three-bar design with upper and lower perforated mesh work, similar to that of the. Along with rear-wheel drive, the third-generation Explorer was offered with both four-wheel drive and permanent all-wheel drive; the latter was offered on the Explorer for the first time. Following the January 2001 introduction of the third-generation five-door Ford Explorer, the three-door Explorer became a stand-alone model on the second-generation design; the Explorer Sport was produced through the 2003 model year.
For the 2013 model year, Ford introduced the Police Interceptor Utility; as with the related Police Interceptor Sedan variant of the Ford Taurus, the Utility is referred to as a Ford Police Interceptor in lieu of being a Ford Explorer. That is 1,500 lb 680 kg greater than the towing capacity stated for the Explorer America concept and 2,115 lb 959 kg less than the outgoing Explorer's towing capacity, although that was only available with the 4. Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control is in the mix as well. A newly introduced Platinum trim now tops out the range, slotting above the Sport and Limited trims. Archived from on June 24, 2009.
The latest generation Explorer was made available in Japan the Fall of 2015. Here's a rare occurrence: One of our spy photographers just captured the totally redesigned interior without any camouflage. We like the configurable gauge cluster display screens. Archived from on December 8, 2012. On the tech front, the Explorer gets a variety of driver assist features via the Ford Co-Pilot360 system. The center multi-disc differential controls the front-to-rear split, biasing as much as 100 percent of torque to either the front or rear wheels.
Unlike the Explorer America concept vehicle which only seats five occupants, the production Explorer holds two rows of seating with available PowerFold fold flat third row seating like the previous generation and accommodates up to seven occupants. The interior was given redesigned front and rear seats, along with second-generation airbags; side airbags were introduced as an option. Engine Production Configuration Power Torque Transmission Ford 2002-2005 245 cu in 4. In any event, we'll likely know a lot more very soon as next month's Detroit seems like a pretty good place to shed what little camouflage remains. As with its predecessor, the second generation was sold in both three-door and five-door configurations. Off-road geometry figures for approach, departure and ramp brakeover angles are 21°, 21° and 16° respectively. Have now traded van for this 2007 Explorer.
The five-speed automatic transmission was advanced. A 1995 redesign with a new suspension slightly raised the Explorer's center of gravity, but it was called inconsequential by a Ford spokesman. From the navigation, it looks like the driver of the vehicle was only a half mile away from Ford's New Model Programs Development Center. The Explorer offers plenty of space for passengers in all three rows. In 2000, the North Face was also available in black. Archived from on July 28, 2013.
The 2006 Ford Explorer was nominated for the award for 2006. The Navajo lacked chrome trim, and was given separate designs for wheels, instrument panel lettering, and the steering wheel. AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control was made standard on the Sport Trac. Redesigned door panels have a more comfortable armrest, and the dash trim is nicer. To match the V8 engine of the similar-sized , for the 1996 model year, Ford introduced a 5.
Many vehicle injury attorneys dissent from this view. The Ford Explorer returns to its roots. There's a good variety of cabin storage overall. Critics like the inclusion of many physical buttons and knobs that let you perform common tasks with ease. It is designed for up to six passengers while improving fuel economy by 20 to 30 percent relative to the current V6 Explorer. Archived from on June 13, 2002. Sync 3 navigation looks to be playing on the big screen, and it looks like an updated version of the system.
Archived from on January 10, 2013. The quad exhaust poking out the rear makes us think this could have a larger displacement EcoBoost engine, though we'd wonder if Ford would want to step on the 's toes by offering the same 400-hp 3. In mid-2013, U-Haul began allowing Ford Explorers of model year 2011 and newer to tow their trailers. With the third row folded flat, there's a nice flat floor to carry a number of large items. For 1998, the exterior of the Ford Explorer was given a mid-cycle update. That's partly due to outward vision hindered by narrow side glass and thick pillars front and rear.