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2011 Ford Explorer: Discovering New Territories

nicad 10/11/2021 800

As early as the 1991 model year, Ford introduced perhaps the most significant all-new model. Ford Explorer offers North American automakers opportunities to compete with imported cars. After 20 years, the Explorer is still alive.

Debuting as a mid-size sport utility vehicle, the Explorer began a decade-plus love affair with the Ford truck. With sales of 445,157 units in 2000, Ford's Explorer sat atop the world for the Blue Oval, surpassing every one of Ford's car models. However, even equipped with its four-wheel-drive system and V-8 engine, the popular SUV would be placed in a tight spot that it could never recover from. As for the under-inflated Firestone tires, the high ground clearance and ladder frame would give the Explorer a center of gravity problem. However, it is never claimed that the Explorer's weight distribution played a direct role in serious crashes resulting from tire failures.

Sales of the Explorer would remain strong for a few years following the tire recall crisis but the Explorer would fall victim to changing consumer tastes as crossover vehicles became more desirable commodities. Last year, only 52,190 Ford Explorers were sold. Realizing that if you can't beat 'em, join 'em, the 2011 Explorer sheds truck-based construction for a more civilized base in search of better fuel economy and ride-like handling. of a car.

As well as being built on unibody construction for the first time, the Explorer will appeal to a more upscale market than with the previous incarnation. Rolling in a 1.1-inch shorter wheelbase, the new Explorer is actually 3.7 inches longer than the outgoing ladder-frame Explorer. Boasting one of its sleekest designs, the 2011 Ford Explorer clearly took part in a few more minutes of wind tunnel time. Sporting a proud Ford grille, the latest SUV projects a smooth and carefully contoured body. Ford Chief Engineer for the 2011 Ford Explorer Jim Hollard describes the mature vehicle taking its new place in the SUV/crossover lineup "The new Explorer represents the democratization of levels of style, craftsmanship, technology and capability. luxury SUVs"

< p>Inside the 2011 Ford Explorer, the goal of refinement is achieved through the appropriate use of soft-touch materials as well as a sound-insulated cabin optimized with improved NVH (Noise, Vibration and Harshness) technology . Technology plays an important role inside every new Explorer, as a 4.2-inch LCD screen with MyFord Driver connect technology offers the driver voice activation and vehicle personalization through five-way control. On the Explorer Limited, the interior is upgraded with a MyFord Touch system adding an 8-inch touchscreen to select items.

Keeping in mind the utility that made the Explorer popular, practical features meet high technology. Four 12-volt power outlets are successfully placed around the cabin for charging laptops or powering items related to a family camping trip. Three-row seats inside the 2011 Ford Explorer are standard on all models. However, if the 2nd and 3rd row seats are folded down, up to 80.6 cubic feet of space can be used as flexible storage possibilities.

When it comes to horsepower, consumers will find an item conspicuously missing on the 2011 Ford Explorer equipment list. Pushing forward the promotion of their new SUV with more efficient powertrains, a V-8 option will not be included with this Explorer. Instead, an EcoBoost I-4 engine and a 3.5-liter V6 engine will be available, producing competitive power for the 2010 Ford Explorer. Using a turbocharger and direct injection, the four-cylinder version of the EcoBoost , state-of-the-art technology, will develop a powerful 237 horsepower. Using the same V-6 engine found inside the Ford Taurus, the estimated 290 horsepower is just short of the performance of the discontinued V-8. With 20 percent better fuel economy than the previous V6 engine, 2011 Explorers with the larger engine can also utilize a driver-selectable intelligent four-wheel-drive system. Six-speed automatic transmissions drive all Ford Explorers.

Thanks to Ford, the Explorer name lives on beyond 2011 in a modern automotive being. While a purest SUV will certainly see to the loss of America's most prolific midsize truck-based vehicles, the old Explorer has respectively reached the end of its journey.

Photo and information source: Ford

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