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.
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.
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.
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.
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.