Ford Explores New Platform for Iconic SUV
AutoWeek snags spy shots of 2011 Ford Explorer
What is obvious, though, is that the new platform echoes some design cues of the models for which it's currently used (the Ford Flex wagon and the Ford Taurus/Lincoln MKS sedans). The A-pillars and roofline are evocative of the Flex, though the square body keeps the look, er, squarely in the Explorer family. Four- and six-cylinder options should be available for the direct-injection, turbocharged EcoBoost engine, which gets more power out of smaller displacements -- necessary to haul around the amount of people that the Explorer's three rows of seating can accommodate.
If this has some of the design elements from the aforementioned Explorer America concept, we really can't wait to see this thing out from under its cover.
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