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2020 Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a frugal yet menacing hybrid law enforcement vehicle

It is already an open secret that the newest Police Interceptor Utility is the police cruiser version of the 2020 Ford Explorer. But there is surprise. As revealed at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Police Interceptor Utility comes with a hybrid variant, which basically implies the upcoming launch of the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid.

The new Ford Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid will be joining Ford’s armored lineup of pursuit-rated vehicles that will include the Police Responder Hybrid Sedan, F-150 Police Responder, F-150 SSV, Expedition SSV and Transit PTV as well as the SSV Plug-In Hybrid Sedan. The new Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid is expected to further boost Ford’s dominance of the law enforcement community, as the carmaker accounted for around 65 percent of police vehicle sales in the US (data is as of 2007).

Ford now offers three powertrain choices for the all-new Police Interceptor Utility. The 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain comes as standard, while a 3.3-liter V6 engine and 3.0-liter EcoBoost mill are also available. All of these are mated to a new 10-speed automatic transmission, as complemented by a full-time Intelligent All-Wheel Drive system and deep snow/sand traction control mode.

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Ford livens up its 2020 Explorer SUV lineup with new Hybrid and ST models

Ford Motor Co.’s Explorer family of sports utility vehicles has just been expanded with the arrival of two new models. The base, XLT, Limited and Platinum models of the Explorer are welcoming their newest family members – the Explorer ST and the Explorer Hybrid. All of these models are built at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant.

The new Ford Explorer Hybrid is the first dedicated hybrid model in the Explorer family. It is powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid powertrain that is expected to deliver 318 hp of total system output, which is sent to the rear wheels of the Explorer Hybrid. Ford is aiming to make the Explorer Hybrid capable of returning more than 500 miles of range before having to refuel.

Furthering the capability of the hybrid powertrain of the new Ford Explorer Hybrid is an all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission as well as a liquid-cooled, lithium-ion battery. Since the battery is built into the chassis just below the second-row seats, the cargo and passenger room of the Explorer Hybrid remains the same as it conventionally powered siblings.

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Ford unveils new special editions for its Expedition and Explorer SUVs

Sports utility vehicles are still in heavy demand. Ford knows this very well as the American carmaker has seen sales of its SUVs surge dramatically by 28 percent in the past six years. Leading this charge are the Ford Expedition and Ford Explorer SUVs, which is why these models are each getting not just one, but special editions.

These new four special edition SUVs – Ford Expedition Stealth Edition, Ford Expedition Texas Edition, Ford Explorer Limited Luxury Edition and Ford Explorer Desert Copper Edition – will only be offered in the United States and are expected to further boost the popularity of the Expedition and Explorer in the country. The new four special edition SUVs were all unveiled at the State Fair of Texas.

There is a reason why Ford unveiled the new four special edition SUVs at the State Fair of Texas. After all, Texas is the largest market for Ford’s large SUVs. In fact, the state accounted for nearly 25 percent of Expedition retail sales nationally – even more than the combined sales of the SUV in Florida and California.

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2020 Ford Explorer to have rear-wheel-drive platform, ST variant delivers over 400 hp

After all the talks about the Ford Ranger’s return to the United States, as well as the revival of the Bronco (finally!), it is so easy to forget other things like the Explorer. Since 2016, the automaker has been testing the next generation Explorer out in the open, and it has been a while since the first time we saw spy shots of it. But recently, sources have come out to disclose major modifications done on the 2020 model year Ford Explorer. Its production is slated to begin in 2019.

Ford insiders have told The Truth About Cars that the sixth generation Explorer will be given a significant makeover, one of which is its use of a new rear wheel drive platform, specifically the new modular CD6 architecture.

Its body panels will likely be built mostly out of steel, and it will be assembled at an assembly plant in Chicago. Similarly, its Lincoln-badged counterpart will share the same platform as the Explorer and will be built in the Windy city. It will also have a body made out of steel too.

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Ford Explorer is now considered an iconic figure in the sports utility vehicle category ever since it was released to the public in the 90s. Now the American automaker is giving more love to the legendary SUV by giving it a visual makeover.

Ford recently announced its updates made on the bulky Explorer SUV at the 2017 New York Auto Show in a predicted continuous growth in the SUV global market, so this move from Ford is quite wise in attracting more customers to patronize their main SUV. 2018 Explorer Sport and the 2018 Explorer Platinum is geared to have front and rear design renovation.

The most powerful engine will be fitted with brand new four exhausts. You heard it right, 4 exhausts on each SUV. Also tech and safety improvements that Ford patrons are hoping for all these time will also be given attention by the company as the SUV global market is growing by the minute. Mark LaNeve, Ford's Vice President of the US marketing, sales and service, indicated that the SUV category has amplified from a mere 28 percent in 2006 to an impressive 40 percent in 2016. Ford also predicts that the numbers will shoot up to 45 percent by the next 5 to 7 years.

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Police officers sometimes go undercover. Doing so in a marked police car with standard roof-mounted police lights would defeat the purpose. Hence, police officers may use a plain-looking undercover vehicle during these instances. However, it would be too much of a hassle to switch between a plain-looking undercover vehicle and a marked police car with standard roof-mounted police lights.

Here comes a purpose-built dynamic police vehicle that could double as an undercover vehicle -- the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility. Basically, the Ford Police Interceptor Utility is a Ford Explorer that features some police lights that no one could notice unless they are illuminated.

Up front, the 2017 Ford Police Interceptor Utility features a factory-installed Front Interior Visor Light Bar that allows for a stealthier appearance. This Front Interior Visor Light Bar is fully integrated at the place where the headliner and top of the windshield meet, which means driver visibility is not impeded in any way. Upon activation, the Front Interior Visor Light Bar flashes bright, alternating red and blue bars through the top of the Ford Police Interceptor Utility’s windshield. The police could program this Front Interior Visor Light Bar for red/red or blue/blue operation.

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Ford revealed that it will provide ballistic panels on the Ford Police Interceptor sedan and utility with protection from armor-piercing (AP) rifle ammunition. Ford North America Fleet General Marketing Manager for Lease and Remarketing Operations Raj Sarkar said that the car maker has always been known for improving the safety of its police-friendly models.

Sarkar boasted that it has long been a trademark of Ford. In the US, the factory-equipped models are the first pursuit-rated police cars to come with ballistic protection up to the National Institute of Justice standard Type IV of the Department of Justice (DOJ).

According to the said standard, a Type IV ballistic panel shall be tested with .30 caliber AP bullets (US Military designation M2 AP) weighing 10.80 grams or 166 gr and having an 878 m/s ± 9.1 m/s or 2,889 ft/s ± 30 ft/s.

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Ford has always placed consumer needs above all else in its auto manufacturing efforts. And being pioneers in the field, Ford is aware that the number one consideration in SUV decision making is exterior appearance.

In an effort to provide SUV buyers a sportier SUV option, Ford announced the newest addition to its full-size SUV lineup for 2017 -- the new Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package, expanding the Explorer series to six models.

The other five models are base, XLT, Limited, Sport and the Platinum edition. A trend emerge from past sales data, with buyers preferring the more sporty and exclusive versions of the Explorer series. Explorer Sport and Platinum models are the top two models accounting for around 30 percent sales in the US. With the new XLT Sport Appearance Package, potential buyers have an additional option to choose from, with the new model’s sportier exteriors.

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Ford Motor Co. and BraunAbility have partnered to create the BraunAbility MXV wheelchair-accessible SUV. This project allows wheelchair users to benefit from the dependability of a BraunAbility mobility vehicle and to enjoy the adventurous spirit of the 2016 Ford Explorer.

Available in Explorer base, XLT and Limited models, the BraunAbility MXV employs patented sliding-door technology and comes with powered lighted in-floor ramp as well as removable driver and passenger seats. Both the door and the ramp can be operated using an integrated key fob operates both door and ramp.

Thanks to a sliding shifter and well-thought front seat base design, the BraunAbility MXV offers a great deal of space. Moreover, the BraunAbility MXV could be specified with an available tow package. Ford Motor Co. and BraunAbility have maximized the vehicle’s cabin space to allow more room for wheelchair navigation and comfort.

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Ford announced that the 2016 Explorer will start at $31,595 in the United States, which means that it will carry the same price tag as the 2015MY. Meanwhile, the 2016 Explorer XLT will cost $34,295, while the Explorer Limited will cost $42,195. The 2016 Ford Explorer Sport will start at $44,195.

As expected, the 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum will be the most expensive version and will start at $53,495. This version is expected to compete with models such as the Jeep Grand Cherokee or the GMC Acadia. Prices include shipping! 

Ford’s 2016 Explorer will be available with a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that generates 270 hp and at least 300 lb-ft of torque. This engine replaces the 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder found don the current model. A more potent 3.5-liter V6 petrol engine with 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque is also available, paired with a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission.

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The all-new 2016 Ford Explorer made its debut today at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show. For those who don’t know, this vehicle represents a midcycle freshening and will arrive in the dealerships next summer. What’s more interesting is that the manufacturer decided to replace the old 2.0-liter EcoBoost engine with a more powerful 2.3-liter EcoBoost, same offered on the 2015 Mustang, which is expected to deliver at least 270 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque.

In addition to this engine, Ford will continue to offer a standard 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 and will develop 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. An even more powerful 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine will be available too, with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. When it comes to design, the 2016 Explorer shows a rugged look, with the grille and LED headlamps positioned even higher, a new closed-off lower roof rack with channels that cascade rainwater off the vehicle as well as a new rear spoiler.

The redesigned Explorer shows new headlamps with LED signature lightning, standard LED low-beams and available LED fog lamps. The interior was updated too and changes include a higher wrapped and stitched door armrest, new buttons that replace the touch-sense buttons of the infotainment system as well as more refined detailing.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is reviewing complaints over exhaust fumes or strange odors penetrating the cabins of MY2011-2014 Ford Explorer SUVs. NHTSA spokesman Jose Alberto Ucles told Automotive News in an e-mailed statement that the agency is reviewing all available data and will take appropriate action as warranted.

NHTSA, however, did not call the move as a defect investigation, and has not listed the matter as a formal probe on its Web site. Ford spokeswoman Kristina Adamski told Automotive News in an e-mail that Ford is confident in its current methods in quickly identifying and addressing potential issues.

She said that when data suggests a safety recall is needed, Ford will move quickly on behalf of customers. NHTSA recently closed a two-year-old investigation into power steering problems in late-model Ford Explorers, which indicates that the agency was satisfied with the carmaker’s recent move to call back the SUV.

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The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has closed its preliminary evaluation into power steering issues in MY2011-2013 Ford Explorers, which means the regulator was satisfied with the carmaker’s move to recall 195,527 units. The decision to recall the SUV highlights Ford’s want to avoid trouble just like what happened to General Motors who is facing a probe in the US Congress for its handling of cars with faulty ignition switches.

NHTSA commenced its evaluation of the 2011 Ford Explorer on June 19, 2012, citing 15 complaints claiming that power steering could suddenly fail. While Ford hardly contested the claims, the carmaker insisted the issue was rare, adding that it was not a legal violation.

Steve Kenner, global director of Ford’s automotive safety office, wrote to NHTSA in June 2013 that the carmaker believes that the loss of power steering assist does not present an unreasonable safety risk.

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The Ford Explorer managed to exceed 20,000 units of sales since July 2005. Ford sold 20,346 units of the Explorer in May, making it the best-selling month for the current generation of the vehicle.

For will be introducing the 2015 Ford Explorer XLT this month with a new appearance package that makes it look sportier and more comfortable while donning an array technological elements. The new package provides the Ford Explorer XLT a grille and mirror caps finished in Magnetic Metallic and a set of 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets. Also included are leather-trimmed and heated front seats with genuine Miko suede inserts.

For 2015, the Ford Explorer is also available with a number of new options like a sport-inspired appearance package that increases the vehicle’s comfort and technology levels without making it hard for customers’ pockets. Furthermore, the 2015 Explorer is now available with new colors and features.

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It’s safe to say that the Ford Explorer is now a global model since it started production in Russia last week. Ford revealed last year that the crossover will be available in China. The Blue Oval considers this output in Russia to be significant since SUVs make up about 31% of the new-car market in this country in 2012. Even if the Explorer is sold in 64 countries and Ford has exported more than 24,000 vehicles in 2012, this marks the first time that the Explorer was built outside of the U.S.

The Explorers that are rolled out at Ford’s Sollers Elabuga Assembly Plant in the Republic of Tatarstan are meant to be sold at just the Russian market but all other Explorers will still be produced at Ford’s assembly plant in Chicago.

For the new Explorer production, Ford will hire 500 more workers to its present 1500 employees on the line at the Sollers Elabuga plant. For now, this plant also builds the Transit van, Kuga crossover, and S-Max and Galaxy models.

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2013 Ford Explorer Sport offers better fuel economy and the capacity to deliver 365 hp, which is 15 hp more than what was initially announced. Ford said that the Sport variant offers the most power in the Explorer lineup. The engineers made some eleventh-hour fine tuning that made it achieve the additional 15hp.

The V-6 is partnered to a six-speed automatic that distributes power to all four wheels. The Explorer is also available with a 3.5-liter V-6, which delivers 290 hp and a 240-hp 2.0-liter EcoBoost turbo-four. The high-power Explorer Sport is at the top of the range with a price of $41,545 (including destination charges). The EcoBoost six-cylinder is the Explorer with the lowest EPA-rated mileage with 16/22 mpg city/highway.

In comparison with the 3.5-liter with all-wheel drive, the Sport is lower by one mpg in the city and on the highway. But when placed against the front-wheel-drive-only 2.0-liter, the Sport is down by four and six mpg in the city and highway, respectively. But then, the Explorer Sport does better than its nearest rival, the 390-hp Dodge Durango with its 5.7-liter Hemi V-8 that returns 13/20 mpg.

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Ford’s all-new 2013 Explorer Sport, which was unveiled last March, has a starting price of $41,545 (which includes destination charges). The top Explorer model features a 350-hp, 350-lb-ft turbocharged EcoBoost V-6 engine, partnered to a six-speed automatic and all-wheel drive. This is the same engine used in the Ford Taurus SHO and Flex.

However, the Explorer Sport doesn’t have as much power as the other models that use EcoBoost, specifically the 365hp Taurus and the 355hp Flex. This is because of the higher exhaust backpressure as the result of packaging and ground clearance matters. In addition, the Sport has a bigger radiator and cooling system. It also features the improved 13.9-inch brakes from the Taurus SHO Performance Package.

The Explorer’s all-wheel drive system was modified by Ford’s engineers so that as high as 80% torque could be distributed to the rear wheels – better than the 60% offered on other vehicles. The 2013 Explorer Sport features the one-of-a-kind blacked-out grille, mirror caps, headlight surrounds, a set of 20-inch wheels, and taillights.

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Ford Motor Co. had a successful introduction of its 2013 Ford Explorer Sport – its first-ever performance version of the Explorer SUV. It will start to arrive this year in dealerships, equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that has a 350 hp output. The Explorer Sport features four-wheel drive and Ford's Terrain Management System.

The Explorer Sport has a fuel economy rating of up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, which surpasses that of rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango R/T and Range Rover Sport. It’s also available with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that can be run with paddle shifters. Braking in shorter stopping distances is made possible with the larger brakes.

Furthermore, it has a towing capacity of as much as 5,000 pounds. The Explorer Sport has a mesh grille with contrasting ebony bars and a blackened lower front fascia with a gap for extra cooling. The Explorer Sport is offered in four exterior colors -- ruby red metallic clearcoat, white platinum metallic tri-coat, tuxedo black metallic and ingot silver metallic.

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Ford Motor Co. will be exporting its new Ranger pickup truck from South Africa to Europe and other worldwide markets. Joe Hinrichs, head of Ford in Asia and Africa, stated that the Ranger is the truck for Ford all over the world, except for North America. The brand new Ranger is being showcased in the auto show Johannesburg, the biggest city in South Africa.

It will soon be delivered to 148 markets from South Africa, where the company is raising its output of the pickup truck to 110,000 annually.

Hinrichs didn't declare how many of the utility truck the company plans to market, says Autonews. Presently, Ford sells around 275,000 Rangers around the world. The new Ranger will hit showrooms in South Africa towards late November.

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The reinvented and new Ford Explorer is an attractive model on its own as it comes with its own capability and blending style. It is even equipped with technology that guarantees its fuel efficiency, which is top-of-the-line.

Through the EcoBoost engine, fuel efficiency is at an EPA-certified rating of 28 mpg highway. Today however, Ford will be releasing a one-of-a-kind Explorer from its Chicago Assembly Plant. While it does have the craftsmanship that has become the signature of this model, it has one extraordinary feature in that it was created using an excess of 380,000 LEGO bricks and taking at least 2,500 hours to make.

Coming in bright red, this special edition of the Explorer has a weight of 2,654 pounds and is supported by an aluminum base in its interior weighing 768 pounds. In building this LEGOLAND Florida edition of the Explorer, it took a team composed of 22 designers. For those who are interested to see a time-lapse video of this model being built, a copy is available and can be viewed online. Once it has made its official debut, this special edition model will then be put to a trailer and then sent to the EGOLAND Florida theme park, a 150-acre land outside of Orlando.

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