At the Detroit Auto Show, Ford presented the next generation of the SUV Explorer. This time round they present a hybrid variant for the first time so that will add some electricity to the powertrain for a combined 318 horsepower.
The EPA has estimated the vehicle’s range at more than 500 miles (804 km) through targeted for the rear-wheel-drive model. The company itself says that the actual range will vary and indicates that final EPA-estimated ratings will be available later in 2019.
The 10-speed modular hybrid transmission provides SUV capability. Unlike previous hybrid vehicles, a liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery is built into the chassis of the HEV, below the second-row seats to preserve cargo and passenger space. The new Explorer family will go on sale in the USA this summer.