• Jul 27th 2010 at 3:01PM
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2011 Ford Explorer Terrain Management System – Click above to watch this video after the jump

Unless you've been in seclusion for the past 24 hours, you know Ford officially unveiled the 2011 Explorer yesterday. (Be sure to read Part One and Part Two of our deep dive for the full details.) The new Explorer is a pretty drastic departure from the generations preceding it – Ford has opted to use a unibody construction and a car-based platform rather than a traditional body-on-frame SUV, and naturally aspirated V8 power has been ditched in favor of more fuel-efficient four- and six-cylinder powerplants.

So while the Explorer seems to fit better in the crossover classification, Ford is confident that traditional SUV shoppers will still be pleased with what the new Expy has to offer. There are a host of new technology features on the 2011 model, including things like blind spot monitoring, trailer sway control and a terrain management system (similar to what you might find on a Land Rover). These features will be attractive selling points to SUV-oriented customers, and they get detailed in the videos after the jump.


  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Taut, athletic lines give the all-new Explorer a muscular appearance. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The strong C-pillar gives the new Explorer visual linkage to previous models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all new Explorer features a weight-saving aluminum hood. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's sculpted sides give family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer XLT features a satin silver finish grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All models include standard dual chrome exhaust tips. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers a choice of two powerful engines, each offering best-in-class fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer was completely reinvented to provide SUV buyers the capabilities they want, combined with the fuel economy they need. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler was shaped in the wind tunnel to contribute to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer XLT features a new interpretation of the Ford signature three-bar grille. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer features tight, muscular lines with sculpted body side surfaces providing family resemblance to Taurus. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Set the terrain management control knob to the snow setting and powertrain behavior is adjusted to increase traction and prevent wheel spin. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer enables family adventures, any time, any where, on any road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Switch the terrain management knob to the mud setting, and the system will optimize powertrain behavior for maximum traction and driver control. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Ford Explorer with intelligent 4WD and terrain management will comfortably take your crew and their watercraft upstream. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Behind the three-bar grille, Explorer features a composite bolster supporting the radiator. This innovative component saves weight - and fuel - while reducing manufacturing complexity. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: All Explorer models feature bi-functional projector beam halogen headlamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers world-class craftsmanship, with tight panel gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Holes in the top and bottom rungs of the signature Ford three bar grille signify Explorer weight savings and efficiency. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The rear liftgate spoiler contributes to best-in-class Explorer fuel economy. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers the Ford exclusive Easy Fuel capless fuel filler system. No more lost caps! (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Range-topping Explorer Limited models offer a comprehensive array of standard luxury features. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Explorer liftgate proudly wears a Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT models offer impressive feature content. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The Ford signature three bar grille proudly displays the Blue Oval logo. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer XLT and Limited series sideview mirrors feature security approach lamps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Assembled with world-class craftsmanship, the Explorer features tight margin gaps. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited series models come standard with 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer Limited models feature standard 20-inch painted aluminum wheels. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer offers Ford's Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with visible warnings in the applicable sideview mirror. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The interior of the all-new Explorer features design cues, clever storage, luxurious appointments and technologies that rival premium SUVs. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer interior features soft touch materials. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Driver-centric gauges and controls are intuitively operated and logically arranged. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Command seating and intuitive controls help keep the Explorer drivers' hands on the wheel and eyes on the road. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Real metal speaker grilles and the forward-leaning center stack give the Explorer interior a sporty look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The forward-leaning center stack is home to MyFord Touch controls. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door panel speaker grilles are real metal, giving the interior a sporty, purposeful look. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The all-new Explorer offers a rear view camera, with zoom functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Convenient switchgear controls third-row seating functionality. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted switchgear is new, reflecting Ford global DNA standards. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Door-mounted speaker grilles are real metal, offering excellent sound transparency and a luxurious touch. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Optional on XLT models, a Sony branded audio system with HD Radio and 12 speakers in standard on Limited series vehicles. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission is standard on XLT and Limited series models. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Left and right screens in the Explorer instrument cluster can be customized to suit individual driver preferences. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Supplemental steering wheel-mounted controls help keep driver attention focused on driving. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Terrain management takes the guesswork out of 4WD engagement. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer comes standard with three rows of seating (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: With second- and third-row seats folded, Explorer offers 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Limited series models feature a Sony branded audio system with High Definition Radio and 12 speakers. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: The center console features a media hub for connectivity and mobile device concealed storage. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's center console features dual cupholders. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer features new Ford global DNA switchgear. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second row seating offers industry-exclusive inflatable rear seatbelts. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer's second-row offers 60/40 split fold flat bench seating. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer second-row seats fold flat for easy cargo loading. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Folding Explorer second- and third-row seats gives 80.7 cubic feet of cargo space. (07/26/2010)
  • 2011 Ford Explorer: Explorer models with terrain management feature a console-mounted knob with four settings and hill descent control. (07/26/2010)

[Source: Ford]







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      • 5 Years Ago
      Also, nothin' like CGI for the first video.
      • 5 Years Ago
      LED brake lights, turn signals, AND license plate lights? Legit.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Tang
        Definitely CGI. You can see it in the fake way it takes curves, the Explorer rotates on it's axis, rather flowing with the turns and other that the first turn in the video there is no body-roll. The worst one is the driving through the mud without any rooster-tailing or mud sticking to the body panels. This is a far departure from how Ford introduced their only real off-road capable vehicle the Raptor.

        @ everyone else, as far as Off-road ability:
        Jeep Cherokee vs the 5 passenger F-150 Raptor. Winner Raptor!
        Cherokee vs Explorer. Winner Cherokee!
      Sheryl
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks like the new Kia, the newest Sequoia, and a GMC Terrain combined into one. I'm not impressed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Some of the comments I don't understand. I don't see where it resembles a Flex or an Edge. And I don't understand how it is more expensive than any of its competitors unless you consider Hyundai/Kia an option; but, that would be your problem not the Explorer's price. Also, what is the difference if it uses "Land Rover Technology". How can they have technology using Ford money and engineers.
      • 5 Years Ago
      cool videos... nice to see stuff we've gotten used to in other CARS applied to an SUV :D. though it'd be nice to see the explorer out tow the likes of the t-reg, especially if ford is trying to redefine the suv
      • 5 Years Ago
      Definitely a huge upgrade.. still doesn't interest me all that much. Another generic box-on-wheels enters the road.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So the terrain knob only has a setting for hard packed snow? How do I set it for an actual snowstorm?
        • 5 Years Ago
        I kept thinking that through the video. Every shot of the Explorer was on a road with varying coverings on it. So, as long as the snow is hard-packed and/or plowed, you'll be fine in your new Explorer which is billed as a true SUV. And apparently, it's a off-road vehicle too, so long as there's a road there ;-)

        ..................Uh Huh, right.

        I much prefer the shots of the new GC doing some actual off-roading.
        http://www.autoblog.com/2010/02/02/2011-jeep-grand-cherokee-tackles-rubicon-looking-to-become-trail/

        Let's see the Explorer try some of that.

      • 5 Years Ago
      Yo, idiots! The Edge is Mazda-based. The Explorer is Taurus-based which is Volvo-based in its technology and platform. There is no way in hell the Explorer looks like or is based on the Edge. It cannot therefore be a larger Edge.

      To those idiots who think that the Explorer looks like the Acadia, you are blind. Put the two next to each other in comparison and you'll see the Acadia has awkward proportions - too long a wheelbase to length. Plus, the Acadia did not innovate the b and c pillar treatments - the original explorer did. The grills and front ends look nothing alike. The interiors are completely different. So shove your misinformation on the look-a-like nature of the two.

      Just saw a Traverse today and cannot believe how old fashioned that vehicle is looking now. It is as if the Traverse is merely a Chevrolet Lumina / Impala CUV. How does that feel GMC sycophants?

      To the butt munch who said the Explorer looked like a 2008 Honda Pilot in one of the Explorer threads from yesterday - what drugs are you smoking? Find a new dealer! Honda has no design language that shows talent or skill. With the new front end on Honda, it is obvious that they aren't hiring designers with eyes either. The 2008 Honda Pilot was a classic two box design - A refrigerator box for cargo and a catbox for a front end.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You are correct, the Edge is Mazda based. Therefor, the Explorer is a tall Flex, wannabe SUV.
      • 5 Years Ago
      You guys sure are pushing this Ford Explorer...so is CNN and everyone else....must be some nice payouts...Ill push it for a few hunge, ill tattoo my ass! it will say "EXPLORER PAID FOR MY ASS TATTOO"
        • 5 Years Ago
        Exactly......
        • 5 Years Ago
        This is an automotive blog site. They collect stories from the automotive world and display them here. If there's a bigger story than the Explorer right now and all of the press Ford is putting out about it then let them know about it and I'm sure they will post it. I remember seeing stories about the JGC and Toyota 4runner when they recently debuted. Maybe there weren't as many because Ford's marketing department is in high gear and other companies don't make as big a production out of their debuts. The 4runner pretty much had a silent debut. I think I saw one or 2 stories. That's Toyota's fault. Autoblog and the other sites (minus CNN, that's just paid advert) only really post material that the manufacturer makes available and Ford is the king of the information flood and hype machine at the moment.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Serious candidate for the 2011 Truck of the Year award.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Are those Taurus SHO wheels on the Explorer in the pictures? Just curious.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I know of at least one new Explorer buyer. My cousin is on his 2nd Exp (2005) he plans on buying the new one. His have been dead reliable, his current one has over 90K miles with nothing but routine maintenance.
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