2020 Ford Explorer ST Goes RWD

New Explorer is arriving with some significant changes, and Blue Oval carmaker will also introduce a new 2020 Ford Explorer ST. It is the sportiest variant of the next-gen Ford Explorer. In Blue Oval kingdom, you won’t find sportier versions than the ST. We saw the newest spy shots of an SUV under a heavy camouflage. The automotive world believes it is the Ford Explorer ST that should replace the Explorer Sport version.

Ford did announce the 2020 Explorer but it didn’t provide full details or even mention the ST variant. However, Ford did say the Explorer Police Interceptor will arrive as a hybrid with the all-wheel-drive setup. Moreover, the consumer version will get the rear-wheel-drive setup. Explorer ST will also deploy the same driving system. Besides that, ST version will offer plenty of premium features, unique styling, sportier look, and better performances.

2020 Ford Explorer ST spy shot

2020 Ford Explorer ST Exterior Design

Explorer SUV is one of Ford’s best-selling models so it makes perfect sense to give this model an ST variant. Whatsoever, only F-150 pickup truck and smaller Escape crossover saw more sales in the last two years. With so much money on the stake, Blue Oval is not kidding with the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer ST. Even the base variant will get some important upgrades, not to mention the Police Interceptor version.

New Explorer ST will rest on a new CD6 platform which can accommodate all three driving setups. This sporty SUV will deploy a rear-wheel-drive configuration and it will get a significant decrease in overall weight. According to the latest spy shots, this Explorer looks slightly wider and it sports a longer hood. The SUV’s stance is aggressive and larger wheels are looking astonishing. The headlights and the grille are under mesh and taillights are all-new.

2020 Ford Explorer ST exterior

More Interior Room

The new and more flexible platform should provide better interior space. The forthcoming 2020 Ford Explorer ST will offer ample legroom and headroom for sure. This SUV can accommodate up to seven passengers and even the third-row occupants can enjoy in more space. Furthermore, the seating position is higher than on the regular model.

The interior is very modern and the design is sportier than on the base model. The list of standard features and amenities is long and even most of the safety aids are available in the standard. Generally, the design and the interior layout won’t change at all, but the ST model will for sure get more upscale materials. That even includes the leather-wrapped steering wheel and leather seats.

2020 Ford Explorer ST interior

2020 Ford Explorer ST Gets a 400+ HP Engine

The base Explorer will offer numerous drivetrain choices. A 3.3-liter V6 is available and the same engine will be paired with an electric motor in the Explorer Hybrid model. However, the most powerful output will be under the hood of the 2020 Ford Explorer ST.

A 3.0-liter bi-turbo V6 is a certain candidate which can generate slightly over 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. The current Explorer Sport model offers 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of twist, so this is a significant improvement. We still don’t know which gearbox will make the offer, but a 10-speed automatic is a perfect candidate.

Price and Release Date

The newest 2020 Ford Explorer ST will go on sale two months after the base model. Standard Explorer will hit the markets later in 2019 and Explorer Police Interceptor and ST models will go out early in 2020. The competition could become very interesting with the Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT and Dodge Durango SRT coming in the same time of the year. The price of the Explorer ST will start at around $50,000.

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