2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60

2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60

The new 6th-generation 2020 ford Explorer st 0-60 is riding on a new rear-wheel-drive platform. While the general exterior measurements remain to a great extent equivalent to the past Explorer, the wheelbase is stretched by more than six inches. The more extended wheelbase enabled Ford to drive the wheels out to the corners, change the style, and also improve the ride and stability of this family hauler.
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Engine
The ST model uses the same twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 found in the Police Interceptorand Lincoln Aviator, propelling the Explorer from zero to 60 mph in about 5.7 seconds. (The Police Interceptor, which weighs about 150 pounds more than the Explorer ST’s stated curb weight, achieved a 5.8-second 0-60 time in Michigan State Police testing.) And, due to the previously-mentioned rear-drive architecture, the all-wheel-drive ST should be seriously balanced for handling. Inasmuch as a 4700-pound SUV is capable.
Aiding those efforts is an ST-specific suspension tune, with new springs, dampers, and anti-roll bars. Larger front brakes are also part of the equation. Visually, the ST is the meanest of the Explorer lineup, with a black mesh grille and other trim peices. Inside, a flat-bottom steering wheel continues the sporty theme, as does the Sport drive mode that gives more immediate steering and throttle response.
Ford says the Explorer Hybrid will have an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles in the rear-wheel-drive model. With a 19.3-gallon gas tank, that works out to at least 26 miles per gallon for the combined rating. The most fuel-efficient version of the outgoing Explorer was rated at 22 combined mpg. The Hybrid model also tows up to 5000 pounds. Customers in wintry regions will appreciate the option to get the Hybrid model with all-wheel drive.
The Hybrid was part of the plan for this new rear-drive architecture from the beginning, so adding electric boost comes with no penalty in cargo space. A lithium-ion battery pack sits under the second row seats, and the hybrid assist motor is wedged in between the 3.3-liter V-6 and 10-speed automatic transmission. Total system output according to Ford is 318 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque. Using the same Michigan State Police testing as a guideline, a heavier version of the Explorer Hybrid managed zero to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds.
The full Explorer lineup, including the ST and Hybrid, will be in showrooms later this year.
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Exterior
The 2020 ford explorer st 0-60 ST comes standard with intelligent all-wheel drive, meaning it can disconnect the front wheels when unneeded for efficiency benefits, and like all other trim levels features Normal, Sport, Trail, Slippery, Tow/Haul, Eco, and Deep Sand/Snow chassis modes. The drive modes determine the level of AWD intervention. There’s no separate switch between rear- and all-wheel drive. In the ST, the Sport mode has been calibrated to hold gears longer and add weight to the steering. Chassis engineers managed to avoid the pitfalls of a too-stiff suspension to overcome the SUV’s size and heft, though the big wheels’ unsprung weight transmits through the steering wheel and also create a fair amount of road noise. The last isn’t over the top, yet it’s more clear than on different Explorers.
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
The appearance part of that equation is easy. Black out the grille, badging, and trim for the windows, liftgate, and lower body; install black perforated leather seats with white stitching; and fit optional black-painted 21-inch wheels wearing 275/45 Michelin Latitude Sport tires. But what about the chassis? Surely the steering couldn’t be too quick on such a tall vehicle with a relatively high center of gravity, and you don’t want a harsh ride. No, he told me, but the steering could be linear and progressive in nature, so it’s not as quick as, say, that GT350’s on Cup 2 tires, but it could match the emotion, the attitude. Helping in that mission is a 400-hp, twin-turbo V-6 mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission.
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
Fair enough. Widmann’s Ford Performance had the advantage of building upon the Explorer’s new longitudinal-engine, rear-wheel-drive platform and all the dynamic benefits such bones provide. Of course, that is offset by more than two tons of vehicle mass taking up nearly 200 inches of overall length. So for the ’20 Explorer ST, the front springs are 10 percent stiffer and the rear springs are between eight and nine percent stiffer, Ford says. It has a 35-mm front anti-roll bar, with a 22-mm piece in the back; both are hollow and larger in diameter than on other Explorers, and there are unique jounce bumpers. Splurging for the ST gets you special calibrations for the power steering and transmission; for example, the paddle shifters command faster shifts when the ST is in its Sport

2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Interior

Ford used its own in-house expert,  the seats were very comfortable, but still provided adequate support where it was needed. Ford claims the slimmer design of the front seats frees up second-row space, something we’re inclined to believe given how roomy it felt back there. However, we wished the ST’s seats had more side bolstering, given that model’s sportier character. In general, we felt Ford could have done more to distinguish the ST’s interior from the other Explorer models.

2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60
2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60

The 2020 Explorer is available in six-seat or seven-seat configurations. Six-seat versions have captain’s chairs in the second row, while seven-seat models have a second-row bench that adds a middle seat. With maximum passenger volume of 152.7 cubic feet (146.8 cubic feet for Platinum models), the Explorer is more spacious than the Honda Pilot, but slightly behind the Subaru Ascent, Kia Sorento, Nissan Pathfinder, Chevrolet Traverse, and Volkswagen Atlas.

At 18.2 cubic feet, 47.9 cubic feet, 87.8 cubic feet behind the first, second, and third rows, respectively, cargo space is fairly competitive for the segment. Ford also offers power-folding second and third-row seats as optional extras. However, the Chevrolet Traverse and Volkswagen Atlas offer more space for your stuff.

As part of the interior overhaul, the 2020 Ford Explorer gets two notable pieces of techy eye candy. An optional 10.1-inch portrait-oriented touchscreen juts up from the dashboard, looking like designers simply glued an iPad to the top of the dash and called it a day.

What it lacks in aesthetic appeal, the screen makes up in functionality. The Explorer features Ford’s familiar Sync 3 infotainment system, which is as easy to use as ever. The screen’s graphics are clear and easy to read, although we couldn’t find a specific advantage to the portrait configuration.

2020 Ford Explorer ST 0-60 Price and Release Date

The 2020 Explorer ST will start at $54,740. For comparison, Dodge Durango R/T AWD starts around $48,000. The Durango SRT starts at $64,000.

The new 2020 Ford Explorers are starting to ship to dealers now, so you should be able to get them soon.

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