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Videos: 2011 Ford Explorer shows off its tech

by Steven J. Ewing (RSS feed) on Jul 27th 2010 at 3:01PM

Unless you've been in seclusion for the past 24 hours, you know Ford officially unveiled the 2011 Explorer yesterday. (Be sure to read Part One and Part Two of our deep dive for the full details.) The new Explorer is a pretty drastic departure from the generations preceding it – Ford has opted to use a unibody construction and a car-based platform rather than a traditional body-on-frame SUV, and naturally aspirated V8 power has been ditched in favor of more fuel-efficient four- and six-cylinder powerplants.

So while the Explorer seems to fit better in the crossover classification, Ford is confident that traditional SUV shoppers will still be pleased with what the new Expy has to offer. There are a host of new technology features on the 2011 model, including things like blind spot monitoring, trailer sway control and a terrain management system (similar to what you might find on a Land Rover). These features will be attractive selling points to SUV-oriented customers, and they get detailed in the videos after the jump.



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2011 Ford Explorer: New Video Footage and Photos from Presentation


No thanks to Ford's massive promotional campaign, even if you didn't care to know, by now you've probably heard that the new generation of the Explorer SUV is out in the open.

We've already posted all the details along with a comprehensive gallery on the 7-seater crossover here, but the Dearborn automaker has released new photos from the presentation events that took place in various cities across the country including Chicago, Washington D.C. and New York City.

If you follow the jump, you'll also find four videos that showcase the Explorer in motion and highlight the SUV's new technology features such as the Terrain Management System. We remind you that the redesigned Explorer will be offered at launch with two powerplants, a 290HP 3.5-liter V6 and a 235HP 2.0-liter EcoBoost Turbo. Sales start later this year with a base price of $28,995 -including delivery- for the V6 model.



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