Ford Philippines launches all-new Explorer

Test-drive it now!
by Patrick Everett Tadeo | Oct 7, 2011

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The all-new Ford Explorer is hitting Ford Philippines' 26 showrooms with a surprisingly competitive price at P2.35 million. We say surprising as a lot of potential buyers were expecting the SUV to be sold at the P3-million mark (see Price This Car feature here).

"This all-new Explorer adds class-leading fuel efficiency to a legendary portfolio of capability, performance and customer convenience," said Randy Krieger, president of Ford Philippines. "SUV customers in general--and Explorer customers specifically--told us they want the freedom and empowerment Explorer always has stood for, with improved performance and significantly increased fuel economy."

The new Ford Explorer is packed with a 3.5-liter V6 engine that produces 290hp--80 more horses than that of its predecessor's--and 346Nm of torque. Despite its impressive numbers, the new Explorer claims to be 20 percent more fuel efficient than the previous model, thanks to multiple enhancements that improve its mechanical efficiency. These include a one-way clutch for the alternator, a direct-acting mechanical bucket valvetrain with polished buckets to reduce friction, piston-cooling jets, improved bay-to-bay breathing through the cylinder block, and composite cam covers that reduce engine weight. The V6 mill also features improved deceleration fuel shut-off technology to maximize fuel economy in closed-throttle situations.

Paired to the engine is a six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission that allows a driver to manually change gears using a shifter-mounted +/- toggle switch.

Although based on the design of the Explorer America Concept, which was shown at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, the all-new Explorer takes some well-known design cues from its Ford stablemates like the stepped headlights of the Edge, the Mustang-inspired wheel flares and a body-side undercut that follows the current Taurus' design protocol. The body-colored C-pillars and blackened D-pillars, though, are traditional Explorer cues. A dual-panel moonroof and 20-inch polished aluminum wheels complete the Explorer's stylish exterior package.

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Inside the Explorer, soft-touch surfaces from the supple leather seats and door handles coupled with high levels of fit and finish, as well as ambient lighting give the passenger the feeling of being in an upscale, premium vehicle.

The vehicle also gets the MyFord Touch system, which includes 2 cluster-mounted configurable displays and an eight-inch color LCD touchscreen. Paired to and powered by Ford SYNC, it replaces many of the traditional buttons and gives the driver control over the vehicle's entertainment and climate through a simple button click, voice command or touch screen tap.

The Ford Explorer is a seven-seater with PowerFold seats in the third row and manually-operated foldable seats in the second row. Both may be folded flat to increase the vehicle's cargo carrying capacity to 2,285 liters.

As proof that the all-new Explorer is no softroader and that it's capable of tackling a variety of climate and surface condition, it utilizes a new Terrain Management System to control the vehicle's speed and acceleration during low-speed descent or low-grip on-road situations. It also has a hill-descent control system that recognizes downhill gradients and limits the Explorer to a predetermined target speed.

The all-new Ford Explorer comes in White Platinum Tri-coat, Golden Bronze Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic and Sterling Gray Metallic body colors.

Click here for photos taken during the Ford Explorer launch

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