Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
IT | By Lester Massey

Ford Explorer ST Is A 400-Horsepower Crossover For The Family

Ford Explorer ST Is A 400-Horsepower Crossover For The Family

It's the most powerful Explorer with a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 making 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, and it's even more torquey than the non-hybrid Lincoln Aviator that shares the engine. Official fuel economy figures haven't been announced, but last week Ford said that the all-wheel-drive police version would get at least 24 mpg combined, but the retail version will also be offered in a rear-wheel-drive model that should be more efficient.

The full 2020 Ford Explorer lineup is complete with the reveal of the Explorer Hybrid and Explorer ST. "With an all-new ST and an all-new hybrid, there truly is an Explorer for every adventure".

The redesigned Explorer will begin arriving in showrooms later this year. The company says it's estimating a 143-mph top speed.

Ford isn't talking performance numbers yet but is quick to say the Explorer ST will be quicker than a Range Rover Sport HSE with the 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. As standard, the Explorer ST rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels. When engaged via the Selectable Drive Mode dial in the center console, the steering system tightens for sportier reaction, the gas pedal responds more aggressively, gears hold longer and shift quicker, and an enhanced engine note plays through the cabin. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, as are a tow package with a Class III receiver and Ford's suite of active safety tech. A flat-bottomed heated steering wheel embossed with an ST logo, as well as unique floor mats, are subtle ST-exclusive cues. A 10-speed automatic backs the V6 and sends power to all four wheels.

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The ST stands out from the standard Explorer thanks to a blacked-out grille, unique lower-body panels, and special badging. Unlike other Ford hybrid vehicles that sacrificed space for big, awkwardly-placed battery packs, this one slides its specially designed liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery into the chassis beneath the second row seats so owners don't have to give up legroom or cargo space. There's no word yet on pricing, but it should come in a fair bit higher than the current Explorer Sport's $47,720 starting price. Final EPA-estimated ratings available in the 2019 calendar year.

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