• Jun 7, 2010
2011 Ford Explorer, is that you? – Click above to watch the video after the break

Sometimes, we have to wonder if automakers just like toying with the emotions of those of us who follow their comings and goings on a daily basis. How else can we explain how Ford would show up to the Shoreline Community College Automotive Center in Seattle with what appears to be the back half of a 2011 Ford Explorer in tow?

It's not really possible to know exactly what it is that we're gazing at in the video pasted after the break, but it sure does appear to match what we're expecting to see from the first unit-construction Explorer from the Blue Oval Boys. Nowhere else is that more evident than with the sloping C-pillar, which looks like a dead ringer for the one we saw blowing in the wind on a car hauler back in March.

No matter what it is that we're seeing in this video, the rear seatbelt airbag technology on display is definitely coming to a dealership near you, first on the – you guessed it – 2011 Ford Explorer. Enough talking already... check out the video for yourself after the break.

[Source: Driven Car Reviews]



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Ugh, they've added that stupid indent in the side panel like on the Taurus. It does nothing for the Taurus but make it look like the car actually has a dent, not part of the design.
      • 4 Years Ago
      im starting to like the look of the vehicle. im a big fan of the flex but this might just be better..
      • 4 Years Ago
      Is it me or are all the rest of the auto manufacturers copying the rear window treatment of the Mercedes ML class when they design their new suv's... eg. ('10 Chevy Equinox)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks more and more like a Taurus wagon every day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Lambda...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Lambda is a GM platform.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Avinash machado...no crap Lambda is a GM platform! What will you tell me next, the sky is blue? My point was that it looks nearly identical to GM's Lambda platform!
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is like watching maude perfom a slow striptease. she isn't that sexy to begin with and slowly revealing herself doesn't make it any better.
        • 4 Years Ago
        yeah, but for me...Judge Judy is where it's at. I could check out her 'briefs' any day! LMAO
      • 4 Years Ago
      I thought the Explorer America was exciting product. The ride height is appealing.
      This should be a strong Multi-use seller for FoMo as long as they keep the price down.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I see this as an alternative for those that did not embrace the Flex and still need seating for "7". And alas, the days of affordable desirable vehicles are dwindling...I would guess BASE MSRP of an Explorer may tap 30k.....
      • 4 Years Ago
      personally I think it looks great, quite few subtle stylistic cues that gell well, check the roofline....not something one notices right away....very nice....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Tire blowouts aside, I didn't realize anyone got emotional about Explorers.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I only bring it up because I can't think of anything else noteworthy about it. Did Explorers also become exciting during that time frame? It's always seemed toward the bottom of the SUV pile; all of the truck-like ride of a traditional SUV without any of the off-road capability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        hey, we also have electricity now....how long ago was the Firestone debaucle?
        • 4 Years Ago
        @ Mr. K. Pretty much, yes. Why do you ask? Is it such a bad thing to aim for the lowest common denominator if all you're interested in is sales?

        There's really nothing to get excited about unless you like sales graphs.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yep, that looks just like the photos I saw a week ago during an official Ford presentation.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Not sure if this is in full-production mode... where are the taillights?
        • 4 Years Ago
        No shick, Sherlock.

        Also: Where's the front bit and the round rubbery things?
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