Published: Tue, January 15, 2019
Business | By Pearl Harrison

Ford Explorer ST with 400 hp and Explorer Hybrid revealed in Detroit

Ford Explorer ST with 400 hp and Explorer Hybrid revealed in Detroit

Ford Performance is the group responsible for ST and RS models, Shelby Mustangs, and with Ford eradicating most cars from its North American lineup, an increasing number of SUVs, including the Edge ST introduced previous year.

After revealing the all-new 2020 Explorer at an independent event last week, Ford has detailed the performance-focused ST edition and fuel-sipping hybrid at the Detroit auto show. The motor provides up to 200 pound-feet of torque and contributes to a combined system output of 318 hp and 336 lb-ft of torque to the rear wheels.

However, Ford said that the hybrid powertrain won't badly ding the Explorer's towing ability.

The Explorer ST will hit 60 miles per hour in 6.7 seconds. 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).

Replacing the Explorer Sport, the new ST is the most powerful Explorer ever to leave the factory.

As previously revealed, the Explorer Hybrid will have a 3.3-liter V-6 and a 10-speed automatic transmission that incorporates a modular hybrid system.

The ST stands out from the standard Explorer thanks to a blacked-out grille, unique lower-body panels, and special badging. The company says the car's liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack lives in a specially designed space beneath the second-row seats, and doesn't reduce interior comfort or cargo-carrying ability. The optional ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack add 21-inch alloy wheels and two levels of upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers.

Hybrid Limited models will get Active Noise Cancellation, as well as 10-way-adjustable power front seats, leather upholstery, second-row heated seats, a wireless phone charging pad, and 14-speaker B&O sound, plus a suite of Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+ safety and assistance technologies. Like other versions of the 2020 Ford Explorer, all-wheel-drive is available for the hybrid.

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