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    Rumorpile: Next Explorer To Go RWD and Gain ST Trim

      Drastic changes are possibly in store for the Explorer

    Ford has been hard at work on the next Explorer for the past couple of years as spy shots will attest. We don't know much aside from the model taking an evolutionary approach in terms of design. But a new report claims Ford will be making some drastic changes.

    The Truth About Cars has learned from sources that the next Explorer will swap from its front-wheel drive underpinnings to rear-wheel drive. This is possible through Ford's new CD6 modular platform which can reportedly accommodate front, rear, and all-wheel drive products. This platform will also be used for a Lincoln variant, possibly wearing the Aviator nameplate.

    In terms of powertrains, the 2.3L EcoBoost will carry over from the current Explorer. A 3.3L V6 will take the place of the 3.5L and a new hybrid option will make its debut. There is talk the hybrid powertrain could be offered on a Police Interceptor version. A new Explorer ST will pack the 3.0L twin-turbo V6 found in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ. Expect the V6 to produce more than 400 horsepower. All engines will come paired with a 10-speed automatic.

    The Explorer is expected to launch sometime in 2019 as 2020 model.

    Source: The Truth About Cars

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    2 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    It's very surprising to see them do that... not many mainstream RWD SUVs left...

    Agree, very strange in this day with so many CUVs being FWD / AWD bias why they would go back to RWD. 

    Would like to understand the thinking and engineering on this.

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    I am not buying RWD and FWD on the same platform, that sounds like recipe for disaster.  400 hp Crossover makes sense, people still want horsepower and they aren't buying sport sedans and sports cars like they used to, so might as well 400+ hp these crossovers.

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    11 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I am not buying RWD and FWD on the same platform, that sounds like recipe for disaster.  

    Ford does have a history with such platforms, though.   The previous generation Transit was available in RWD, FWD, and AWD configurations, and was developed in the US (but wasn't sold here). 

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    11 hours ago, smk4565 said:

    I am not buying RWD and FWD on the same platform, that sounds like recipe for disaster.  400 hp Crossover makes sense, people still want horsepower and they aren't buying sport sedans and sports cars like they used to, so might as well 400+ hp these crossovers.

    It has been a platform in development for like a freakin decade, or more. They better get some utilization out of it like Audi/VW and their MQB or whatever it's called. They need this platform to be used for a lot of different vehicles to consolidate their underpinnings. 

    9 hours ago, daves87rs said:

    Also heard it might get more of a retro look as well.....

    That would be fantastic! I'm not sure what a retro Explorer would look like but anything that's a little rougher or tougher would be welcoming in this age of roundness. 

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    2 hours ago, ccap41 said:

    It has been a platform in development for like a freakin decade, or more. They better get some utilization out of it like Audi/VW and their MQB or whatever it's called. They need this platform to be used for a lot of different vehicles to consolidate their underpinnings. 

    That would be fantastic! I'm not sure what a retro Explorer would look like but anything that's a little rougher or tougher would be welcoming in this age of roundness. 

    Yeah, that made me wonder too since it' s been around since like 91 or so........

    It sounds to me that they really want to make it more rugged looking- so I'm not sure where they are taking that from yet. 

    Hear they are already testing it though......have yet to see one....

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    26 minutes ago, daves87rs said:

    Yeah, that made me wonder too since it' s been around since like 91 or so........

    It sounds to me that they really want to make it more rugged looking- so I'm not sure where they are taking that from yet. 

    Hear they are already testing it though......have yet to see one....

    I would hope it would basically just be boxier looking more like the F-150 rather than a CUV. But that's just a complete guess if they're trying to be "retro" about something that really isn't all that old. I mean the first ones looked like trash, if you ask me. 

    The second gen looked better but I've never really found it to be any better looking than the GM counterpart or the JGC. 

    Third & fourth gens were attractive to me but that only dates back to 02 and that's not vert "retro". 

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    2 hours ago, daves87rs said:

    sounds to me that they really want to make it more rugged looking- so I'm not sure where they are taking that from yet. 

    I'd be more interested to see the Bronco fill that spot. 

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    40 minutes ago, Scout said:

    I'd be more interested to see the Bronco fill that spot. 

    Sounds like they are going with two midsize SUVs..the Bronco will be the 4cyl body-on-frame based off the new Ranger, while the Explorer will be unibody... presumably with a  v6..

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    10 hours ago, Cubical-aka-Moltar said:

    Sounds like they are going with two midsize SUVs..the Bronco will be the 4cyl body-on-frame based off the new Ranger, while the Explorer will be unibody... presumably with a  v6..

    You took the words right out of my mouth....:)

    I figure they are trying to get away from the FWD gen......as while it's selling well to the local PDs, they have so many issues with them, it makes sense to go back the other way....

    Kinda like the ol' Crown Vic.....but bigger.....

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