The Ford Explorer is back and better than ever before. The Blue Oval has redesigned the all-important family-friendly SUV from the ground up. One of the biggest changes to the car cannot be seen – but is a massive step-change for Ford. Instead of a body-on-frame as has been the case with the previous four generations of the Explorer, the latest version features a monocoque configuration.
Like all SUVs in this part of the world, the Explorer has to perform just as well in the rough and tumble of delightful city traffic as it does out in the less-inhabited areas of the region.
To give the Explorer that ‘go-anywhere’ sensibility, Ford has bestowed it with a Terrain Management System. It’s much like what you’ll find in a Land Rover or Range Rover – a rotary dial gives the driver a choice of presets for driving on a variety of surfaces.
The electronics deal with the complicated process of sending 290bhp between all four driven wheels, depending on the conditions found ‘under-tyre’. The 3.5-litre V6 does a sterling job of getting the big Explorer out of trouble in tricky gravel…