Ford today introduced the new explorer electric, a zero-emission SUV located between the well-known Puma and Mustang Mach-E (it will measure less than 4.5 meters). This anticipated model is also the first car from the oval firm based on the MEB modular platform of the Volkswagen Group, a company with which Ford has had a strategic alliance for a few years.
Although its aesthetic is inspired by that of the thermal Explorer, from which it takes elements such as the shape of the headlights, the characteristic inclined C-pillar or the third window attached to the rear window, the truth is that it is a smaller vehicle and without any kind of technical relationship with its older brother.
The new Explorer, which will be assembled in Cologne (Germany), boasts a very American design, with a high and horizontal hood, as well as marked wheel arches. The absence of a grill, the aerodynamic wheels between 19 and 21 inches, the short overhangs and the wide wheelbase give it away as an electric car.
In the passenger compartment, the 15-inch touch screen in vertical format should be highlighted, which is associated with the system Ford SYNC Move. The display can be raised and lowered in an arc of more than 30 degrees, helping the user to tailor the interior to their preferences. The screen also serves to camouflage the hidden storage area My Private Locker.
The Ford Explorer will be able to charge (10-80%) in 25 minutes
The wireless charger for smartphones is included as standard, and under the central armrest we find a MegaConsole 17 liter capacity, enough to store a laptop or several large bottles. The seats are heated in all versions; In addition, the driver’s includes a lumbar massage. The trunk for its part cubic 450 liters.
The numerous driving assistants are supported by 12 ultrasonic sensors, 5 cameras and 3 radars. The Explorer is the first Ford in Europe to have the ability to perform automatic lane changes, a function that is activated through the turn signals. Another novelty of interest is the Parking Exit Assistwhich watches out for oncoming cyclists and vehicles to avoid possible collisions when opening the door.
There is no shortage of elements such as the Matrix LED headlights capable of altering their beam depending on the weather and speed, a practical heat pump that improves the energy efficiency of the air conditioning system, connectivity via Android Auto and Apple Car Playtwo-zone air conditioning or an optional panoramic roof with more than 1 square meter of glass surface.
At the moment, not much technical data on the vehicle has been provided, although the brand has confirmed that It can be charged from 10 to 80% in just 25 minutes. It will have versions of rear and all-wheel drive. Its benefits or autonomy have not yet been disclosed, but rumors suggest that it could exceed 500 km WLTP.
The range will consist of two versions (Explorer and Explorer Premium), and orders will open at the end of the year. SYour starting price will be less than 45,000 euros. Over the next few months, the manufacturer will publish the rest of the technical specifications, including its power and range.