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Old 10-27-2016, 04:53 PM
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Default 2019 Ford Explorer

http://www.motor1.com/news/127015/20...xplorer-spied/
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Old 10-27-2016, 05:39 PM
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Good to see Ford investing in keeping the product fresh instead of trying to squeeze every last penny out of the design for as it ages.
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Old 10-28-2016, 12:24 AM
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Good to see Ford investing in keeping the product fresh instead of trying to squeeze every last penny out of the design for as it ages.
The platform is pretty old. It was a well used Volvo platform that was morphed into the Freestyle/Taurus X which was a less-than-stellar success, which morphed into the Flex (again without the anticipated success), and then morphed yet again into the FWD oriented Explorer. Ford got its money out of the carcass.
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Old 10-28-2016, 01:08 AM
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Most of these seem to be running around with blue lights on the top. I'm sure the redesign takes Service needs into consideration.
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Old 10-28-2016, 02:38 AM
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Most of these seem to be running around with blue lights on the top. I'm sure the redesign takes Service needs into consideration.
The Explorer is not the most compelling vehicle in its class. It will be interesting to see how the Traverse is done.
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Old 10-28-2016, 05:44 PM
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The Explorer is not the most compelling vehicle in its class. It will be interesting to see how the Traverse is done.
Absolutely agree with you that the Explorer has major failings versus the competition.

For Civvy street, the Explorer is woefully lacking and easily beaten by the Traverse. Thats before the ew model.
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Old 10-28-2016, 09:05 PM
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I know there is lots of camo...but is anyone really seeing a marked difference? Even the headlights look the same.
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Old 10-29-2016, 12:40 AM
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I know there is lots of camo...but is anyone really seeing a marked difference? Even the headlights look the same.
That's because this is a mule wearing the current vehicle's sheet metal.
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Old 10-30-2016, 03:39 AM
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"It is thought that the D6 platform can be configured for front-, rear-, or four-wheel-drive. This prototype doesn’t appear to have a rear differential, suggesting the front-wheel-drive theory could well be true."

Interesting. The engine and driveline placement largely defines the front and rear suspension hard points and structural bulkheads which in turn define the fundamental proportions then the dimensions of the body. Not saying this cant be done but such flexibility could negatively impact end product optimization. A transverse rear wheel drive vehicle would be strange!

Unless this D6 is an architecture which then permutates into more unique platforms encompassing those different drivetrains.
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Old 10-30-2016, 02:03 PM
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It wouldn't surprise me if RWD would be EV only and AWD would be a hybrid (i.e. rear wheels driven electrically).
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