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OMG LOL: 2011 Ford Explorer to get Facebook reveal

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OMG LOL: 2011 Ford Explorer to get Facebook reveal

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Jun 9th 2010 at 10:27AM

After all of the spy shots, renderings and off-chance video appearances we've seen involving the 2011 Ford Explorer, one would think that the new Blue Oval model would be getting its public reveal at an upcoming auto show. But instead, Ford is taking a wholly different approach, launching the new Explorer on Facebook rather than at some sort of public or media event.

Expect to see the new Explorer make its web debut sometime in July, with production beginning closer to the end of the year. 2011 is a big year for the Explorer, as it ditches its traditional SUV underpinnings for the sake of a unibody, car-based platform. Even so, it's earmarked to offer some actual off-road capability with Ford's new terrain management system on hand, and look for the automaker's all-new 2.0-liter EcoBoost four to be offered under the hood along with a V6.

In the meantime, check out the Explorer Facebook page for further updates, and hit the gallery below to see the new round of teaser shots.

link:

http://www.autoblog.com/2010/06/09/omg-lol-2011-ford-explorer-to-get-facebook-reveal/

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2011 Ford Explorer SUV: First Official Teaser Photos, More to Come

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

Hidden somewhere in these cryptic photos is the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer SUV. The pictures were just released a few minutes ago on FoMoCo's dedicated Facebook page.

They don't show much of the new SUV model but the plan is to slowly undress the 2011 Explorer through a series of pictures that will be uploaded on the much-criticized lately, yet massively powerful, social network site in the same way Honda did with the Accord CrossTour last year.

So, when will we see the new Explorer? There's no specific date, but Scott Monty, Ford's head of social media, told the New York Times today that the company's new SUV model will be fully revealed sometime in July.

From what we know until now, the new Explorer ditches the body-on-frame rig for a lighter, car-like unibody structure based on the Ford Flex.

It also gets Ford's new 3.5-liter V6 engine in both naturally aspirated and twin-turbocharged versions as well as a Land Rover-like terrain-management system that handles drivetrain and suspension settings to properly match traction to the road or weather conditions.

The new Explorer will enter production at the end of this year.

link:

http://carscoop.blogspot.com/2010/06/2011-ford-explorer-suv-first-official.html

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