• Jul 26, 2010
2011 Ford Explorer Live Debut in Southern California – Click above for high-res image gallery

It's been quite a day for the new 2011 Ford Explorer. After teasing, more teasing, and even more teasing, Ford finally unveiled what it thinks will "reinvent the SUV for the 21st century." At 12:01 EST this morning, we presented an in-depth look at the new Explorer, providing details on the new exterior and interior as well as some of the safety features, and at noon we went over the new powertrain options, including the 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-4 that will deliver 30 percent better fuel efficiency than the previous V6 model. Ford has even put up a configurator for the 2011 Explorer, allowing you to build your own.

The 2011 Explorer was also introduced live in various parts of the country, from the middle of New York City to Detroit to Los Angeles. We were in attendance on both ends of the coasts to cover the unveilings, each of which had an entirely different feel. The Discovery Channel's Mike Rowe was on hand with CEO Alan Mulally to make the introductions in the Big Apple, while Ford's President of the Americas Mark Fields did the honors amidst huge sand sculptures alongside the famous boardwalk in Venice Beach. You can see photos from both unveilings in the galleries below.




Photos copyright ©2010 Drew Phillips / Alex Nunez / AOL


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Once and for all (yeah, I wish), this is not an SUV. It is a front drive CUV with AWD option. It bears no relationship with the old Explorer, other than the name. It really has no more capability than the Flex, and compared with the new Grand Cherokee (which is still RWD), is overpriced. That said, it should be a huge success for Ford. Most people want CUVs these days (not SUVs) and the Explorer name is very well known. It is well-styled, if conservative. It is well-equipped. Too bad they didn't include a greater hp, higher towing option. Maybe that will come later. In the meantime, charging more for a smaller engine with less hp and towing capacity (and no AWD option) will be an interesting addition to the mix. Most people will bypass that one, but then that is obviously Ford's plan for now. Meanwhile, the Flex (which could have been more successful, had they trimmed the overhangs/length) is going to sell even fewer units.
      • 4 Years Ago
      looks like a cross between the Equinox and the Volt. Score!
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think Ford was smart with the new Explorer and its intended demographics. Most people who have a SUV have NEVER been on anything other than asphalt. Their closest encounter with off-road is a deep puddle on the road.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I agree. This will take sales away from GM lambdas and even their truck based SUVs. All boxes ticked for your average "SUV" buyer. Chrysler missed the point by making GC(now a Cross over like the new explorer and not really an SUV) a two row car.
      • 4 Years Ago
      A competent but altogether uninspiring effort. I would have preferred Ford pursue something more Truck-like and less Crossover-ish. The new Explorer has the proportion of a lifted and more refined Taurus X.
      • 4 Years Ago
      It feels like a '95 Explorer. There, but not really there.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Do you think these designers (like the guy who did the Aztek) just actually don't know they've designs a fugly POS?
      • 4 Years Ago
      LOL It barely can get thorugh that sand on the beach. Love the really low front air dam too. Helps CAFE, but not so much in the rough stuff.

      Enough with the SUVs that aren't. Build real honest to goodness off road vehicles and if that is what people want - penalities and all, LET US HAVE THEM! I don't want to look like I can go off road, I want to be able to really go off road! Ford has the flex for mommy and daddy.

      This is typical American B.S. at it's best. A poser.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Good point about the speedo. I'd like to know why running 60 only puts the needle at 9. We need to bring back the 85 mph speedo. Why is so much of the speedo deligated to speeds over 60? Very odd indeed.

      Nobody needs to go 140 in this thing.
      • 4 Years Ago
      damn, i only wish the stupid thing didnt come standard with a 3rd row seat, i dont need all those god damn seats, just give me a choice for a five passenger and ill take it. i just want a five passenger 4x4 built by ford? i love this new explorer, can someone build me one with no 3rd row please?

      Please ? PLEASE?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I dunno, for some reason it's reminding me of the latest generation Subaru Forester, though I'm sure there are sizeable differences between the two. Maybe just the vibe I get from it. I'm sure they'll sell tons of them no matter what we think, though. But I agree with others, the Jeep Grand Cherokee definitely impresses me more.
      • 4 Years Ago
      My theory has been that the Freestyle/Taurus-X were test market vehicles. The new Explorer actually is not that much different. I also think that the bland Ford 500/Taurus were bland on purpose to throw off the competition. All along the current zoom Taurus was the main plan. Look how fast the prototype was put together.

      • 4 Years Ago
      A thousand shots of that unoriginal Ford grill, but almost nothing showing the rear of the vehicle. Great work, guys...
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