• Jul 27, 2010
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.



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      • 4 Years Ago
      Also, nothin' like CGI for the first video.
      • 4 Years Ago
      LED brake lights, turn signals, AND license plate lights? Legit.
        • 4 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
      • 4 Years Ago
      Looks like the new Kia, the newest Sequoia, and a GMC Terrain combined into one. I'm not impressed.
      • 4 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.
      • 4 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
      • 4 Years Ago
      Definitely a huge upgrade.. still doesn't interest me all that much. Another generic box-on-wheels enters the road.
      • 4 Years Ago
      So the terrain knob only has a setting for hard packed snow? How do I set it for an actual snowstorm?
        • 4 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.

      • 4 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.
        • 4 Years Ago
        You are correct, the Edge is Mazda based. Therefor, the Explorer is a tall Flex, wannabe SUV.
      • 4 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"
        • 4 Years Ago
        Exactly......
        • 4 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.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Serious candidate for the 2011 Truck of the Year award.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Are those Taurus SHO wheels on the Explorer in the pictures? Just curious.
      • 4 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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