If you've been spending many sleepless nights wondering when you'd finally be able to drive the 2011 Ford Explorer to your heart's content, allow us to end your misery. Ford Group Philippines just sent us an invitation to the launch of the all-new Explorer. When? October 6.
With that now out in the open, the next question arises. How much will it cost? Anika Salceda-Wycoco, Ford's assistant vice president for communications, said the company is still in the process of putting a price tag on the sport-utility vehicle--note that the new Ford Explorer is no longer truck-based.
When it arrives in the Philippines next month, we will be the second country in the Asia--next only to Japan--to have the Ford Explorer.
Apparently, pricing is not an easy task for something bears changes inside and out, and which has won the 2011 North American Truck of the Year award. Why don't you help out Ford Group Philippines by letting them know how much you think the new Explorer should cost when it finally hits the company's showrooms next month?
MAKE AND MODEL: Ford Explorer
VEHICLE TYPE: Midsize sport-utility vehicle
ASSEMBLER'S PITCH: "The Ford Explorer is the most capable Explorer ever. It starts with the structure--thanks to high-tech materials and advanced forming technology. To help you handle everything from rugged off-roading to snow-covered roadways, there's the available Intelligent 4WD System and available Terrain Management System. For your peace of mind, Curve Control, an enhancement to AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control, delivers enhanced control in turns. Open the door. The Explorer offers up to seven-passenger seating capacity and seats that fold down for cargo space on demand--up to 80.7 cubic feet of space. You expect capability in an SUV. Explorer delivers it."
ENGINE DATA: 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6; 290hp and 346Nm of torque; six-speed automatic transmission
BASIC SPECS AND FEATURES:
Remote start system
Intelligent access with push-button start
Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System and Hill Descent Control
Exterior dimensions - 5,006mm (length), 1,788mm (height), 2,291mm (width, including mirrors)
10-way power driver's seat (including power lumbar and recline)
Safety Canopy System with three-row side-curtain airbags and rollover sensor
Tire-pressure monitoring system
Ford SYNC voice-activated, in-vehicle connectivity system
Sony audio system with 12 speakers
Bi-functional projector-beam halogen headlamps