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

14 January, 2019, 19:17 | Author: Rafael Roberts
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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. As for excitement? That's where the Explorer ST comes in. Rated at 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque, it's essentially the engine that appears in a handful of Lincoln vehicles; the only way to get it in an Explorer is to order the ST.

Explorer ST delivers an engaging driving experience with a quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive with selectable traction control. Like the Edge ST, the Explorer ST includes a sport mode that tightens the steering system, makes the throttle response more aggressive, increases the gear shift speed, and enhances the engine note.

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.

Replacing the Explorer Sport, the new ST is the most powerful Explorer ever to leave the factory. "With an all-new ST and an all-new hybrid, there truly is an Explorer for every adventure". Even taking into account the 2020 Explorer's extra mass and frontal area, we expect it to post a sub-six-second time easily. Both feature 21-inch aluminum wheels and red-painted brake calipers, with differing levels of performance brakes. It has unique leather upholstery with ST logos stitched in the seatbacks and a heated flat-bottom steering wheel.

The ST stands out from the standard Explorer thanks to a blacked-out grille, unique lower-body panels, and special badging. Active Park Assist 2.0, which not only handles steering inputs but also accelerator, braking, and gearshift inputs, is also included as standard. 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. Final EPA-estimated ratings available in the 2019 calendar year.

The all-new Explorer hybrid - available as features a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain is projected to produce 318 horsepower combined and is targeting a range of more than 500 miles between gas station fill-ups in the rear-wheel-drive model*. To the latter point, the liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is located below the second row of seats and doesn't impinge on interior space.


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