Ford Explorer Ford Explorer

The Ford Motor Company has finally unveiled – after months of teasing a captive audience via Facebook – an updated version of its Explorer model.

Does anyone else find it remarkably similar to a Range Rover, or is it just me? That front grill and ‘floating’ rear window are very much trademarks of Range Rover styling.

Ford claims the new Explorer will offer a 30% improvement on fuel consumption, by dint of a 2-litre turbocharged ‘EcoBoost’ engine that will also power the locally-built Falcon model from 2011. The four-cylinder engine will generate 177kW of power (at 5500rpm) and 339 Nm of torque. It will also offer a 3.5-litre V6 for those more inclined to burn fuel, although that is also claimed to offer ‘best-in-class’ efficiency.

The Explorer will not be made available in Australia, as the locally built Territory model already exists.

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