Ford Explorer ST with 400 hp and Explorer Hybrid revealed in Detroit


While we don't have all the details on its powertrain yet, the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid has a 3.3-liter V6 that's part of a hybrid system producing 318 HP (no word on torque - yet), while pulling more than 500 miles of range from its 19.3 gallon gas tank.

To make the ST handle and stop better, Ford retuned the dampers, upgraded the brakes, and dialed-in an ST-specific brake booster calibration. On Monday at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, Ford introduced the 2020 Explorer hybrid and ST models to give Americans more options in the showroom.

Prices will be announced later this year, but the standard Explorer starts at $33,860.

The Explorer Hybrid and Explorer ST are two very different sides of the same coin, but they do share a performance bent. The company says it's estimating a 143-mph top speed.

Explorer ST models feature a Sport mode with remapped throttle and transmission programs, recalibrated electronic power steering, and synthetic engine sounds in the cabin.

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Ford isn't talking performance numbers yet but is quick to say the Explorer ST will be quicker than a Range Rover Sport HSE with the 380-hp supercharged 3.0-liter V-6. Ford will offer both ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack upgrades, with 21-inch aluminum wheels and red-painted brake calipers, and differing levels of performance brakes. A flat-bottomed heated steering wheel embossed with an ST logo, as well as unique floor mats, are subtle ST-exclusive cues. A 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster is standard, as are a tow package with a Class III receiver and Ford's suite of active safety tech. The engine bolts to a quicker-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters that routes power to all four wheels.

Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Ford Explorer ST is a fast 400-horsepower people. In today's announcement, Ford added that the Explorer Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack will be liquid-cooled and fitted below the second-row seats in a way that preserves passenger and cargo space.

The ST stands out from the standard Explorer thanks to a blacked-out grille, unique lower-body panels, and special badging.

"Lost cargo space in hybrids is a thing of the past for Ford customers", said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. Final EPA-estimated ratings available in the 2019 calendar year.