• Feb 10, 2011
Click above to watch Autoblog Short Cuts: 2011 Ford Explorer demonstrates Terrain Management

Ford has set up a display to show off the multiple Terrain Management modes on the 2011 Explorer at this year's Chicago Auto Show. As you may recall, the tech keeps an eye on a laundry list of parameters, including specs like engine speed, throttle position, transmission shift patterns and the stability and traction control systems.

Visitors can ride shotgun over a number of surfaces, including a seesaw that transitions from a steep, slippery incline into a similarly aggressive descent and a deep sand section. The multiple surfaces are designed to flex the Explorer's all-terrain muscles, at least in the climate-controlled comfort of McCormick place.

Our own Drew Phillips cooked up a quick video of the ride along for your viewing pleasure. The clip after the jump includes all of the gravity-defying action of the Explorer all-terrain system when viewed from both the cabin and from the safety of the show floor. Follow the jump to check out the video for yourself.



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      • 3 Years Ago
      I feel like this miniature display is nowhere near enough to really showcase what this Explorer can really do. Just my thoughts... guess I'll wait to see when I'm actually there!
        • 3 Years Ago
        This thing tears off the front air dam in snow covered parking lots, let alone do anything more serious than driving on the street.
        • 3 Years Ago
        dakota

        Your car didn't tear anything off, you tore it off. You poor choices led to the damage. Are you the same person who was crying about this on Twitter yesterday? I smell a troll (or a Chrylser/GM employee).
      • 3 Years Ago
      Until Top Gear tests this in the muddy hillsides of Western Lestershropworchestershireham, I'm not convinced.
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are slip plates on the left side, they had this at the LA auto show too and I went through it. You could feel the left side slipping and the right side powering forward. I have spent many hours offroading in Ford SUV's and while this wasn't dramatic as they claim it was a lot better than the current Expedition system. If one wheel leaves the ground the vehicle stops and is basically stuck.
      • 3 Years Ago
      they should have done something more than that tiny sand box and the damn seesaw. why dont they just call the edge off road capable too, its got the same ground clearance,and the same awd, just without the terrain managememt, which im sure you could get by without. all it does is change the shift times and minor things.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Thats an impressive display. While this AWD system isn't exactly groundbreaking compared to premium brands, it seems like Ford really has their priorities straight.
      • 3 Years Ago
      That was ridiculous. There was no evidence that the slope was slippery on the left side (especially since it looked just like the right side) and I would think they'd need to install rollers to induce any spin anyway.

      And that sandbox they drove through? That was a demo of nothing.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Yea, that sand box looked pretty lame, as though a 2WD care could drive across it.
      • 3 Years Ago
      4wheel and off-road magazine needs to do a nice camparo with all the newest American SUVs, I'd be very interested in seeing how well all this new fully independent control'd turn knob tech works in comparison to good ol fashion levers and solid axles....
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should drive it on the beach like the Top Gear Fiesta test drive! Guns blazing! lol
      • 3 Years Ago
      I went on a very similar ride a few years ago on the Land Rover stand at the London motorshow. Ford just showing what tech they kept when they sold Land Rover.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Probably more off-roading in that video than any typical ford explorer owner will ever do.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Just watched the episode S10E04 of Top Gear, the Botswana special. Most people are gonna need this for their leafy lanes.
      • 3 Years Ago
      the bronco could off road way better than this i bet
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ford's former ownership of Land Rover is finally paying off!
        • 3 Years Ago
        dakota

        The 2011 Explorer has the same 8 inches of ground clearance as the previous generation. That's more than adequate.
        • 3 Years Ago
        dakota

        There's plenty of ground clearance. You foolishly drove into a large pile of heavy, compacted snow and damaged your vehicle. You need to make an insurance claim and quit trying to blame Ford for your poor decisions. Take responsibility for your actions.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @ gasser. You just know Dakota said "Hey watch this" right before he wrecked his Explorer.
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