Posts Tagged ‘Explorer

09
Oct
12

2013 Ford Explorer Sport The twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 helps the Explorer explore its limits.

BY CSABA CSERE

Although “sport” is right there in the term “sport-utility vehicle,” those vehicles’ inherently heavy weights, higher centers of gravity, and blocky shapes usually preclude sports-car fun, no matter how much power you shoehorn under the hood. Most SUVs are little more than shuttle buses, a task for which they are well-suited.

Still, there are some loons who want their family hauler to haul ass—witness the chariots of lunacy in our most recent hot-rod SUV comparo. To tap this market, Ford has just introduced the Explorer Sport.

In a nutshell, the Explorer Sport is simply an Explorer fitted with the Taurus SHO’s 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6, that makes 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Hit the throttle, and it’s pretty clear this is not your usual seven-seat Ford—it rockets up to 80 mph before the acceleration starts to tail off. Zero to 60 times fall from about eight seconds for the naturally aspirated V-6 Explorer to around six in the Sport.

The powertrain is quiet and very smooth. Only at low speeds do you hear much engine noise, and what you do hear sounds angry enough for a family vehicle. To handle the elevated engine torque, the Explorer Sport only comes with all-wheel drive and Ford’s system allocates the power as needed to maximize traction. Even so, a full-throttle launch reveals traces of torque steer, although this disappears once the transmission shifts into second gear.

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29
Mar
12

2013 Ford Explorer Sport: Basically, An SHO

The 2013 Ford Explorer, with its dramatic looks and somewhat less inspiring performance, has been due a truly potent version, some might say, since the V-8 of the last model died with it. AsFord’s solution to the V-8 power requirement while delivering (slightly) better fuel economy, the V-6 EcoBoost engine makes good sense.

But does it make sense in the Explorer? Dynamically, it’s uninspiring–particularly when compared to the likes of the Flex, or even the Edge. But more power means more towing, better highway passing, and more overall flexibility, as well as more money at the pump–the Explorer Sport only yields 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway. Ford says it’s the most efficient high-performance SUV on the market.

Those with an eye to minimizing the Explorer’s thirst already have a good option, however: the smaller EcoBoost brother, the 2.0-liter four-cylinder. Rated at 28 mpg highway, that smaller EcoBoost engine is on the very efficient end of the spectrum for conventional crossover SUVs.

The larger direct-injection 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 won’t deliver such friendly figures, but those with a taste for power will find the tradeoff sweet: 350 horsepower in place of 240. Driving all four wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, it’s basically an Explorer SHO–especially since the Explorer and Taurus share some of their architecture as well. It’s two full seconds quicker to 60 mph than the fastest non-Sport Explorer.

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11
Oct
11

How NW companies helped Ford with in-car technology

Source: TechFlash

With the help of Microsoft and some local tech startup companies, drivers of some new Ford vehicles now have more technology at their fingertips.

Products from TeleNav and Seatte’s Airbiquity are implemented in MyFord Touch, an all-in-one setup in selected new Ford vehicles that allow users to do just about anything – make phone calls, use navigation, change the radio station or change the vehicle temperature, all with voice commands or a touchscreen.

Ford’s Sync system has been available for a few years. The underlying technology was developed by Microsoft, but MyFord Touch builds upon Sync and adds numerous capabilities.

But implementing the technology raised two concerns: keeping drivers safe and making it usable for most people.

Jennifer Brace, user interface design engineer with Ford, said numerous federal regulations are in place to keep a driver’s attention on the road.

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10
Jan
11

2011 FORD EXPLORER NAMED NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR

THE VOTES ARE TALLIED: ALL-NEW 2011 FORD EXPLORER NAMED NORTH AMERICAN TRUCK OF THE YEAR

A jury of North American journalists today named the fuel-efficient, fully capable 2011 Ford Explorer North American Truck of the Year

  • Explorer is completely reinvented for 2011, offering class-leading fuel economy, available industry-exclusive second-row inflatable safety belts and Intelligent 4WD with an advanced Terrain Management System™
  • Ford Explorer is America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV with an EPA-rated 17 mpg in the city and 25 mpg on the highway with the standard V6 engine

DETROIT, Jan. 10, 2011 – The 2011 Ford Explorer – America’s most fuel-efficient full-size SUV – was named North American Truck of the Year today by an international panel of journalists.

The all-new Ford Explorer edged out finalists including the Dodge Durango and Jeep Grand Cherokee to win the North American Truck of the Year award, which was presented at the start of the North American International Auto Show.

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27
Dec
10

2011 FORD EXPLORER EARNS IIHS TOP SAFETY PICK; DELIVERS SUITE OF STANDARD SAFETY FEATURES

DEARBORN, Mich., Dec. 22, 2010 – The reinvented 2011 Ford Explorer, which offers a suite of innovative safety technologies, is the latest Ford vehicle to earn a Top Safety Pick rating from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety.
Ford now has eight vehicles on the road in the U.S. that have earned Top Safety Picks, which adds to Ford’s leading number of top U.S. safety ratings ever.
“The Ford Explorer sets a new standard for high-tech safety innovation,” said Sue Cischke, Ford group vice president of Sustainability, Environment and Safety Engineering. “The Explorer offers several new innovative technologies, including available industry-first production rear inflatable seat belts, and Curve Control, which can help drivers maintain control of a vehicle if they enter a curve too quickly.”
To earn a Top Safety Pick, a vehicle must receive a rating of “good” in offset frontal-, side- and rear-impact crash tests and roof strength evaluations, as well as offer electronic stability control.
Initial demand for the driver-aid technologies on the new 2011 Explorer has been strong. Of the first 19,000 orders received:
26
Oct
10

Trisha Urban to use a Ford Explorer on Extreme Makeover: Home Edition

October 22, 2010

The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from bottom to top, with at least 20 percent better highway fuel economy and uncompromised capability. These attributes will come in handy for Trisha Urban, as she travels to raise funds for the American Heart Association and while working as a hospice nurse.

Urban will be the recipient of an all-new Explorer – donated by Ford Motor Company – as a component of her Extreme Makeover: Home Edition segment. A widow, Urban lost her husband to a heart attack on the very day their daughter Cora was born. She devotes her time to fund-raising on behalf of the American Heart Association and helps families in need through her work as a hospice nurse.

The Explorer integration into the Extreme Makeover: Home Edition storyline offers viewers a demonstration of MyFord Touch™ driver connection technology, and how it can be life-enhancing for a driver on-the-go such as Urban.


 

27
Aug
10

Chicago Ford plant to use Wi-Fi in assembly

SANDRA GUY STAFF REPORTER

The Ford Motor Co. assembly plant on Chicago’s South Side will be among the first to use Wi-Fi wireless Internet technology to install software inside the 2011 Ford Explorer SUV.

The assembly line is lined with wireless routers — similar to the routers that people install in their homes to get wireless Internet access — and the Explorer contains a built-in Wi-Fi receiver.

When Explorer production starts this winter, the SUV will pick up the Wi-Fi routers’ signals, and an assembly-line worker will push a button to download software onto the Explorer, said Alan Hall, Ford Motor Co.’s technology communications manager.

The software is tailored for each model, so that the Explorer sold in the United States will have traffic information about American roadways; English, Spanish and French speaking options, and the appropriate 911 emergency delivery. Vehicles sold in other markets would get other language downloads, such as German, Portuguese, Italian and Mandarin.

The first Ford assembly plant to use the Wi-Fi technology is one in Oakville, Ontario, where the 2011 Ford Edge and Lincoln MKX are manufactured.

The Wi-Fi setup saves money because it eliminates the need to build, stock and store a variety of hardware modules, said Sukhwinder Wadhwa, the global platform manager for Ford’s SYNC features. The SYNC controls such capabilities as traffic alerts, hands-free calling, 911 assistance and music search.

The Wi-Fi capability will have no effect on the number of jobs at the Ford plant, Hall said. The plant has received more than 2,000 applications for the previously announced 400 to 600 new jobs to build the Explorer.

In the future, car shoppers might be able to select their own software applications at the dealership and get those apps downloaded either at the dealership or through their home Wi-Fi system, Hall said.

“The built-in Wi-Fi receiver opens up all kinds of potential to deliver unique software into the vehicle,” he said.

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