Ford changes the original version of Ford Explorer SUV. The new Explorer will be perfect at home, easier on fuel and nicer to drive around town. Jay Ward, a Ford spokesman, said “When we were working on the program we asked our current Explorer owners, ‘Do you guys need the ability to go off road’ and 100% said ‘Absolutely, yes.’ When we asked them, ‘How often do you go off road’, 70% said ‘Never’.” Ford is now making the next Explorer a car-based crossover SUV as it will share engineering with the Ford Taurus sedan. The new explorer will be offered with at least two engines, a turbocharged 4-cylinder (275 HP) EcoBoost engine and a non-turbocharged V6.
Ford sales analyst George Pipas said that between 1995 and 2002, Ford sold an average of 412,000 a year. There was then a rapid slide on the traditional truck-based SUVs and the Explorer. Ford sold only 52,000 Explorers last year and 74,400 in 2008. Ford felt that there was no need to reveal the 2011 Explorer early since it may harm the sales of the said model thus they ought not to release the model at one of the major auto shows.
Ford Explorer 2011 will be released either at the end of this year or early next year.