Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
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The Ford Explorer ST Whips Up 400 Horsepower, Looks Pretty Sweet

The Ford Explorer ST Whips Up 400 Horsepower, Looks Pretty Sweet

Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Ford Explorer ST is a fast 400-horsepower people. While already more honed than a regular Explorer, an available Sport mode turns up the wick even more, with even quicker transmission responses to automatic or paddle-initiated gearswaps, more aggressive throttle response, sportier steering, and a deeper, throatier sound.

Replacing the Explorer Sport, the new ST is the most powerful Explorer ever to leave the factory. Its 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine is projected to deliver 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque, expected to push the SUV to a top speed of 143 miles per hour. 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. While we don't have the full download on either ST Pack yet, we do know that they both include 21-inch aluminum wheels and upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, the new Explorer Hybrid pairs a 3.3-liter engine with a 1o-speed modular hybrid transmission. And the idea of a hybrid Explorer couldn't get much more mainstream-American-family. That same testing showed the Explorer Hybrid to weigh 455 pounds more than a comparable (3.0-liter EcoBoost AWD) non-hybrid model-so the battery pack could be quite large (a plug-in hybrid version of the closely related Lincoln Aviator is due as well). That's up from the 365 horses and 380 pound-feet in the Platinum. All-wheel drive is an option. The automaker told Motor Authority the hybrid's gas tank holds 19.4-gallons, which means the hybrid should get about 26 mpg, which isn't exactly impressive compared to the Toyota Highlander Hybrid's EPA rating of 29/37/28 with standard all-wheel drive. Ford said the hybrid can tug up to 5,000 pounds (down just 600 pounds from the Explorer's max tow rating of 5,600 pounds), which is 1,500 pounds more than a Highlander Hybrid can haul. A specially designed liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery is built into the Explorer chassis below the second-row seats to preserve cargo and passenger space, unlike previous hybrid vehicles.

In its Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid form, which will be different in weight and perhaps output versus consumer versions, the 2020 Hybrid turned 0-60 mph times of 7.3 seconds and 0-100 mph times of 17.7 seconds, with a top speed of 137 mph, as tested by the Michigan State Police.

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