Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid unveiled

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Additionally, GM says it is capable of configuring the EV vehicles to front, rear or all-wheel drive.

The automaker calls the new Explorer ST a "genuine Ford Performance vehicle", and it replaces the outgoing Explorer's Sport trim. The powertrain pairs a 3.3-liter V-6 with a 1.5-kwh lithium-ion battery pack, a 10-speed modular transmission, and an electric motor. Ford Performance is the group responsible for ST and RS models, Shelby Mustangs, and with Ford eradicating most cars from its North American lineup, an increasing number of SUVs, including the Edge ST introduced past year. Ford will also offer an ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack that both offer increasingly more powerful brakes and 21-inch wheels.

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To get the most out of the hot rod Explorer, a Sport mode can be engaged for more aggressive throttle mapping, an altered gearbox shift schedule that will hold onto gears longer, a weightier steering feel and louder engine note.

In a release coordinated with the Detroit auto show and a company press conference there today, Ford released a few more details about the Explorer Hybrid, as well as some first pictures. The one thing that hasn't change is the high level of competition. It gets the 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 from the Platinum model but here it's retuned and given more boost to produce 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. On the inside, drivers are greeted by a flat-bottom steering wheel and leather bucket seats. Suspension is stiffened up, and the brakes are slightly upgraded. To solidify that statement, the company has put out two new images that show a crossover concept of its first-ever all-electric SUV. Ford says it has designed this version of the '20 Explorer to be all about torque boost, although we were told it can run on electrons alone for a couple of miles at 20 to 25 mph. It'll be rated to lug as much as 5,000 pounds, down nominally from the Explorer lineup's 5,600-pound max rating. Like other versions of the 2020 Ford Explorer, all-wheel-drive is available for the hybrid.

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