Staff reports at autonews.com
The best look yet at the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer crossover, one of the top-selling U.S. light trucks, emerged Wednesday when a photographer captured images of the next Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Hybrid nearly undisguised on the streets of Dearborn, Mich., home to the company’s chief engineering center.
Based on the latest photographs, the Explorer Interceptor features a more rakish profile, a plastic mesh-esque grille, sharper headlights and sculpted LED fog lights (SPIEDBILDE/Brian Williams)
Ford released a teaser image and details of the 2020 Police Interceptor in June with lights glaring in the dark, but little detail could be made of the image.
The redesigned 2020 Explorer will share the same rear-wheel-drive platform, with optional all-wheel drive, as the all-new 2019 Lincoln Aviator. The Aviator was introduced at the New York auto show in April but Ford hasn’t indicated when the next-generation Explorer will be unveiled.
Ford declined to comment on the latest Explorer Police Interceptor Hybrid photos but said late Wednesday it will “have more to say on the all-new Explorer for retail customers later.”
U.S. sales of the Explorer have dropped 3.6 percent this year to 151,488 but it remains the top-selling large crossover, though the segment has grown 12 percent behind higher demand for the redesigned Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9, and the all-new Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent.
Based on the latest photographs, the Explorer Interceptor features a more rakish profile, a plastic mesh-esque grille, sharper headlights and sculpted LED fog lights.
From the side, it appears the Explorer receives a tighter greenhouse, sharper C-pillar and a revised character line that now flows through the door handles. The D-pillar has been reworked with a more aggressive angle. The tailgate, bumper and taillights also appear more angular.
The 2020 Explorer Interceptor will feature additional cargo capacity while passenger volume will remain flat, according to Ford’s website.