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FORD EXPLORER ST is Powerful SUV 2020

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 30 years since Ford introduced the Explorer. Back in 1990, the Explorer SUV was a rear-wheel-drive, five-passenger SUV, and it was an instant hit. Over the years, it’s gotten a little bit bigger — it even went to front-wheel drive for the fifth generation in 2011. Now appearing at the 2019 North American International Auto Show in Detroit is the sixth-generation Ford Explorer SUV, new for 2020, and it’s on an all-new platform that has once again switched back to rear-wheel drive.

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The model in this video looks a little bit different than most 2020 Explorers because it’s the brand-new, high-performance ST version. It comes with slightly different styling: gloss-black grille, wheels, trim and mirrors, and quad tailpipes at the back.

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Powering the ST is a 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V-6 that packs 400 horsepower. The 10-speed automatic transmission in the ST also has performance tuning. Its shocks and springs are also specially tuned, and it has larger front brake rotors and vented brake discs.

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Ford claims the Explorer ST will be the fastest SUV you can buy for less than $60,000, and we can’t wait to put that to the test.

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Ford says it has done this because it’s better for handling and towing, but in our experience, a three-row SUV on a rear-wheel-drive platform usually comes with some compromises sometimes in cargo room, sometimes in passenger room.

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