MIAS 2012: Ford brings in Explorer with EcoBoost

Slightly less powerful, more fuel efficient
Mar 30, 2012
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Following the successful launch of the 3.5-liter Ford Explorer AWD Limited in October 2011, Ford Group Philippines is now bringing in the lower displacement 2.0-liter Explorer GTDi XLT with EcoBoost.

"The All-New Explorer is fast-becoming one of our strongest vehicles in the Ford portfolio, and we are eager to sustain the momentum," said Ford Group Philippines president, Randy Krieger. "The success of this vehicle is further evidence we are delivering products that people want and value."

Combining gasoline direct injection and turbocharging, Ford claims that the 2.0-liter inline-four GTDi engine with EcoBoost technology delivers performance that's comparable to normally-aspirated V6 engines with its output of 237hp and 366Nm of torque.

"This 2.0-liter Explorer GTDi with EcoBoost adds class-leading fuel efficiency to a legendary portfolio of capability, performance and customer convenience," said Vinay Piparsania, Ford Group Philippines' vice president for marketing and sales. "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 Explorer GTDi XLT also offers a Ford technology unique in the automotive industry in the first-ever inflatable second-row seatbelts. With rear seat passengers--often children or elderly people--often more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries, the advanced restraint system was designed to help reduce such injuries.

The 2.0-liter Explorer GTDi XLT with EcoBoost will be available starting July at P2.250 million.

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