CALIFORNIA - Ford unveiled the new generation of its emblematic SUV. The Ford Explorer 2011 has been completely redesigned with new technologies that improve the gas mileage by up to 25%. Now is also safer than ever.
More in everything
With a bolder design and many engineering innovations, the new Explorer 2011 also raised the safety standard in its segment by including new airbag systems and the first inflatable safety belts in the industry, besides Trinity frontal impact structure, AdvanceTrac® with RSC (Roll Stability Control™) and Cornering Control functionality.
The Explorer 2011 offers the new connectivity technology MyFord Touch™ and the integrated SYNC® communications and entertainment to help the driver to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. It also offers an entertainment system from SONY.
As for safety equipment, Ford debuted with the first safety belt with inflatables bags which complement the frontal and side curtain airbags, making it the world's safest SUV.
The improvement in terms of fuel economy is now of 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on highways. This was achieved thanks to the new 3.5L V6 engine that develops 290 horsepower, 80 more than the engine it replaces, and just one less than the V8 Explorer from 2010.
With the 2.0L 4-Cylinder EcoBoost engine that Ford will release in spring of 2011, it is expected that the fuel economy improves more than 30%, and exceeds the average fuel consumption of competitors like the Honda Pilot 2010 and Toyota Highlander 2010 V6.
What Ford says
"The new Explorer 2010 simply does everything well," said Derrick Kuzak, Group Vice President, Global Product Development.
"This new SUV raises the expectations for ride and handling on the road, and transforms the experience when going off-road. It is the absolute winner in terms of capacity and ease of towing. All this capability, plus three rows of seats and an incredible fuel economy, will make of the Ford Explorer in this 2010 edition, the absolute right choice for families with a sense of adventure."
Jim Holland-Mark, Chief Engineer, said that its team focused on two key targets for the development of the Explorer 2011. "It has to be modern and contemporary, inside and out, besides being recognized immediately as an Explorer," Holland said.
"Thus, the new Explorer was in need of providing the fuel economy that customers are demanding today, combined with the performance, capacity and power that we all expect from an SUV."
Driven by the commitment of provide to the customers an unsurpassed fuel efficiency with every new vehicle, Ford worked in every detail so that this new Explorer achieves fuel efficiency levels significantly improved.
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