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New premium SUV is packed with Ford's high-tech features, options

The beloved SUV is finally starting to shed its "gas guzzler" distinction, thanks to vehicles like the new 2013 Explorer SUV from Ford Motor Comp. (F).  Ford unveiled this morning its upgraded model, which brings a new marquee submodel, the Ford Explorer Sport.

Ford has been putting a lot of pressure on fellow automakers with its premium package consumer vehicles, which often offer features sets that are quite competitive with its rivals' luxury brand vehicles.

The Explorer Sport has been empowered with Ford's twin-turbocharged, gasoline direct injection (GDI) equipped "Ecoboost" branded V6 engine, which previously popped up in the 2010 Ford Taurus SHO, the 2010 Ford Flex, the 2011 F-150, and a pair of Lincoln branded vehicles (the MKS and MKT).

Ford did not list the exact horespower of its latest tuned Ecoboost V6, but it's expected to deliver over 350 hp, while offering up 16 mpg city, 25 mpg highway.  

Ford Explorer

Ford says that's anticipated to be 3/2 mpg better (city/highway, respectively) than Chrysler's Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T with 5.7L Hemi engines, and 3/4 mpg better than the Land Rover Range Rover Sport (Land Rover is a Tata Motor Comp. (BSE:500570) subsidiary previously owned by Ford).

Aside from beating its rivals by double digit percentages in the fuel economy department, the new SUV is rated to tow up to 5,000 pounds.

Ford Explorer 2

The model also comes with special new trim and the rejuvenated distribution of MyFord Touch, which was added to the base Explorer model in 2011.  The vehicle also has a high-tech set of options, which include Active Park Assist (APS), Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), and Push Button Start.

In July of last year, Ford introduced a "lesser" four-cylinder EcoBoost version of the Explorer.

Source: Ford



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RE: This is good?
By chrnochime on 3/28/2012 5:36:23 PM , Rating: 2
Yay really heavy compared to cars I mean. I know the cummins is like 6600lb which is a full 1700lbs heavier, but that is body on frame vs unibody. As an unibody vehicle the explorer's weight is right up there.


RE: This is good?
By Samus on 3/28/2012 6:38:23 PM , Rating: 2
you can't compare apples to oranges here. no matter what you do to a petrol engine (even implementing diesel technologies such as direct injection and turbo charging) it will never beat a diesel.

there is headroom in tuning ecoboost, but their is more headroom with diesel. i've heard of Golf TDI's getting 60mpg with new injectors, tuning and good driving habits. no petrol engine will ever do that in a 3,600lb car for the same reason this 5,000lb truck will never get 30mpg. 25mpg in this suv with 350+hp on tap is pretty good. my 2001 explorer 5.0 had 220hp and could never break 20mpg. it was also substantially less safe.

i really don't understand manufactures' reluctancy to at least offer a diesel option in these to test the waters of demand. there is no accurate way to gauge consumer buying habits until you actually sell a product. even if its special order, put one on the lot for a test drive and i bet a surprising number of people will order them.


RE: This is good?
By robertgu on 3/28/2012 7:46:33 PM , Rating: 3
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i really don't understand manufactures' reluctancy to at least offer a diesel option in these to test the waters of demand.


Say it with me: "Regulations, regulations, regulations."

With the new pollution regulations in markets like California, the "Diesel Advantage" is nearly killed off. What do I mean? With the requirements of DPF (Diesel Particulate Filters) driving down MPG. Research if you don't understand why DPF would drop MPGs so much. The requirement to have to buy and fill Urea, and the fact that diesel fuel regs have pushed it's costs to be considerably greater than even high-test gas (91+ octane). At least in California the majority of diesel economic advantages have been removed. Considering whatever direction California moves for auto sales, the rest of the country follows cause of economics of scale, we thus do not diesel being a very popular option with consumers and automakers.

Disclosure: I owned two diesel F250 trucks, built before the new regulations a 2003 and 2005. My observed MPG kills my friend's 2011 F250 with all the new emissions equipment.


RE: This is good?
By Dan Banana on 4/1/2012 10:49:31 AM , Rating: 2
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you can't compare apples to oranges here. no matter what you do to a petrol engine (even implementing diesel technologies such as direct injection and turbo charging) it will never beat a diesel.


Your generalization falls a bit short where the latest gasoline engine technologies like Mazda's non-diesel SkyActiv G are concerned. Efficiencies as good as the Skyactiv diesel won't be achieved but current gasoline efficiencies are greatly expanded, even over some diesels and the engine costs are less.

http://www.caranddriver.com/news/mazda-engine-news...


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