• Jul 13, 2010
2011 Ford Explorer teaser shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

Ford released a new teaser image of the 2011 Explorer today, adding to the earlier set of almost-visible shots that the automaker debuted on Facebook. This new image of the front headlamp is exactly what we've seen before in barely camouflaged spy shots, and at this point, Ford might as well just take the wraps off of the whole thing – we've pretty much seen all there is to see.

Remember, Ford will be unveiling the 2011 Explorer on its Facebook page, and if enough people show their support, the automaker will consider giving away an all-new Explorer to one lucky fan. The Explorer's in-the-metal debut is expected to happen in Manhattan on July 26. For now, we'll just enjoy the striptease and start putting the pieces together one by one.




[Source: Ford Explorer Facebook]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      KILROY was here.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I prefer the Grand Cherokee since it has off-road ability.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Definatly Agree with u on the New Jeep grand Cherokee this Explorer looks all Wrong
        • 4 Years Ago
        I think a lot of people would like the JGC, but seeing as it does not have an acceptable transmission, the JGC is not in consideration.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Land rover evoque
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow you must be really stupid. FT-SX, the concept car on which the Venza was based on debut in 2005. Get you facts right.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Allen, if anything, Ford ripped this designed from good ol' Mitsubishi Montero design of 91-99. Anyway, there is in fact a lot of design cues from Range Rover, I guess Ford had all the money and Landie had all the design talent. All it takes is going back to 2008 and see how LRX nicely evolved into production Evoque, where the Explorer America concept looks nothing like the current image previews of production Explorer.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Ford needs to improve the fit and finish. They should have never presented a photo showing how off the bumper is to the fender.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Second generation Ford Freestyle. But it will probably sell like crazy and be just as well-engineered as everything else Ford makes today.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Looks like they did more than just formerly own Land Rover.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do Ford designers simply not know how to curve or slope a hood? Frick that's a brick front end. It's a big Taurus built on the Edge platform (generalizing).
        • 4 Years Ago
        @MastrCake Yes, I'm aware it's not built on the Edge platform, that's why I footnoted my post with a '(generalizing)' as I meant to say it looks like the Edge profile but with Taurus details.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Idk, looks like Ford took the headlights from the Venza.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Kid Red

        But you do know that it isn't really a Ford Edge.

        The Edge (and MKX) is based on the CD3 platform. So is the Mazda6, Fusion (and variants), and the Mazda CX-9 (which is a stretched Edge).

        The Explorer will be based on the D4 platform, which began as a Volvo platform, dubbed P2. P2 eventually became D3, which underpinned the Freestyle, Five Hundred, Taurus (and variants), and the Taurus X. The only two cars wihch still use D3 are the Taurus and MKS.

        The D3 platform was modified to create the D4 platform, which is made for large crossover vehicles. The Flex and MKT are currently based on it, as well as this upcomming Explorer.

        Sorry about that geek-out. Wikipedia is a hell of a drug!
        • 4 Years Ago
        The headlight is almost the exact same shape as the one Ford used on the 2007 Ford Edge. If anything, Land Rover and Toyota took it from Ford.
      • 4 Years Ago
      When is this thing going on sale? We're in the market for a new CUV/SUV and will be looking starting in August.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Len_A

        Thanks for the heads up. Unfortunately, that puts it outside of my time frame.
        • 4 Years Ago
        December of this year, more likely January of Next, maybe as a 2012 model.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Yeah,Im never buying a ford again as long as I live,I dont like them,I dont think they look cool and I dont need an explorer.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL, look how poorly the bumper meets the fender. Those body panels just don't match.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Oh god, that's one ugly headlight.
      I'll take a Grand Cherokee, thanks!
        • 4 Years Ago
        @James

        "That's probably why the Pontiac Aztek is remembered for its versatility and AWD capabilities."

        LOL :)
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dude,

        I suppose you have a fair point. Looks aren't everything, but are you seriously suggesting that people don't consider appearance when picking which vehicle to drive? That's probably why the Pontiac Aztek is remembered for its versatility and AWD capabilities.

        My opinion is informed by the overall shape of the spy shots and all of the teaser photos. This thing's got strange pillars and funky headlights. It's starting to look like a cartoon caricature of what an actual SUV should look like, and no I probably wouldn't drive a vehicle that looks like that, but I'll hold out for the actual full reveal and reviews.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Dude

        Dude.. What are you talking about? A good design is all in the details. The spy shots show exactly what the whole car looks like, and it's really disappointing... I wouldn't care for a car with ugly headlights either (although I personally don't think they are UGLY, just extremely boring)

        The Grand Cherokee has a lot more attention to detail evident in its design, although it's no Land Rover.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wow. So you decide which car you're going to buy based on your opinion of the headlight appearance.

        Probably shouldn't be hanging on these here "car sites" and maybe head on over to the Abercrombie site for a bit.
      • 4 Years Ago
      That bumper to fender seam needs a little work.
      • 4 Years Ago
      POS right there for ya. Stop being sneaky and throwin little previews of it it's only gonna make people annoyed and forget about the hole deal
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am seeing more Fords and Chevy's on the road and I'm glad to see this.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The headlight shape reminds me of the Volt.
      • 4 Years Ago
      "Ford might as well just take the wraps off of the whole thing – we've pretty much seen all there is to see."

      But why? Every time they do a sneak peak, every blog covers it.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Which is what I don't understand - it's not like it's some new supercar or new tech. It's just another gas-guzzling SUV. And did anyone mention panel misalignment yet?
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