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Chicago Preview: 2011 Ford Explorer to Launch as Crossover With 4-Cylinder Turbo


The Chicago Auto Show is often used by U.S. automakers to debut new trucks and this year is shaping up to be no different except for the fact that most trucks are now becoming crossovers. Sure, GM is set to unveil the new Heavy Duty version of the Chevy Silverado, but with the launch of the all-new 2011 Explorer, Ford is expected to announce that the capable truck has moved from a full body-on-frame SUV, to a car based crossover.

The Explorer will share its chassis with the new Ford Taurus sedan and is expected to keep some of the far-out powertrain ideas previewed in the Explorer American Concept when it was first shown at the 2008 Detroit Auto Show.

The biggest surprise is that Ford may debut its new 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine in the crossover, that can get over 30 mpg in front-drive form. Later on, the automaker will deliver more powerful motors, including the new 300-hp 3.7-liter V6 as found in the 2011 Mustang, as well as a version of Ford's EcoBoost V6 with around 355-hp.

As a result of these changes, the Explorer will get vastly improved fuel economy across the range, however, expect tow ratings to drop.

AutoGuide will deliver live coverage from the Chicago Auto Show on February 10th.

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That stinks. The explorer has always been a part of our family. I'm glad we got an EDGE instead, even though we're not too thrilled with that either.

They need to bring an excursion back, or a diesel motored expedition.
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id love to see a 6.7 powered excursion come out.
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I was actually looking at an Explorer for the wifey... Guess now we're going to have to step up to an Expedition. I hate that crossover junk
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i don't see whats so bad about it, i bet it will handle and drive fine, and obviously from the post its going to have more power and fuel economy. The explorer was never really a capable tow vehicle to begin with anyway.
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I prefer the RWD/4WD option over FWD/AWD.
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