2011 Ford Explorer | new car review

Posted on Jul 23, 2011 by

For 2011, the Explorer, the most exported nameplate under the brand has received a thorough redesign, bumper to bumper. Reworked exteriors and interiors make it a modern rendition of the popular, rugged and family friendly SUV it has proved to be over the past decade.

The new Explorer is instantly recognizable. It carries improved athleticism and upscale visuals. The Ford signature three-bar grille receives some perforation; a bit of Range Rover-esque detailing there. The new neatly integrated liftgate spoiler lip and flexible lower air dam are said to add numbers to fuel economy. The A, B and D pillars have been blackened to enhance a wrap around feel, while the C-pillars remain body-colour. The shorter overhangs, large ground clearance, standard roof rack and large wheels render an equestrian poise, the off-road kind. New to the Explorer are LED brake lamps and twin exhausts.

2011 Ford Explorer

Twin exhaust and chrome bootlid lip; neat touches!

On the insides, the satin finish plastic accents and the multi-hue on-board display make groovy the otherwise humdrum yank interiors. The steering comes leather wrapped and the spokes house the controls for the audio and cruise control. 25 percent of the cloth interiors are recycled content and the seating foam is an eco-friendly soy-based material. The interiors are a functional three-row arrangement; now able to seat up to seven people. Behind the third row, cargo capacity is in the range of 600 litres and nearly 1250 litres with the second and third row folded. This flexibity comes from the 50:50 split folding seats. The convenience of a power liftgate and a power third row are expected in high spec models.

2011 Ford Explorer

Centre console buttons well spaced and sized

The drive train will be helped by some electronic wizardy in the form of Ford’s Terrain management system which helps negotiate sand, mud, grass and gravel. It comes equipped with Hill Descent Control. Ford’s AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control are also probable parts of the package. All this means ploughing through backyard dirt should be no tall order task.

Ford claim tighter surface margin gaps and tolerances, equaling or perhaps bettering quality obsessed German carmaker Audi.  A unibody configuration and a hydroformed front structure adds strength, saves weight and helps negate most squeaks and rattles. NoiseVision technology and statistical modeling were used to optimise NVH balance, in the process they have incorporated acoustic-laminated glass, acoustic headliner etc. Expect this SUV to deliver a near noise free cabin.

2011 Ford ExplorerThe Explorer vehicle engineering team drove prototypes on the tarmac, red clay mud and the snow of North America. They even traversed the slippery sands of Dubai, leaving no form of clime or terrain testing  for post launch development reworks. Claims are in good faith, but our full blown test drive report will soon dismiss all of Ford’s alibis, if any.

No word on the engine variants, trim levels, performance figures and pricing for the GCC spec car yet, but rumour has it that a 3.5-litre V6 engine will be employed producing a robust 290bhp and 340Nm torque. Stay tuned for more on the Explorer.

2011 Ford Explorer

50:50 folding seats adds flexibity to cargo storage

4 Responses to 2011 Ford Explorer | new car review

  1. George Kuruvilla Reply

    July 30, 2011 at 10:41 am

    There are 4 trim levels available in the U.A.E. The base version is priced at 35,600 USD and the limited edition w/leather seats is a whopping 52,000 USD.

  2. alzaidi Reply

    July 28, 2011 at 10:50 am

    Seven months is finished from 2011 and this car not arrived to kuwait,Can we see it new model 2012?and I ask about the price in us dollars please.

  3. Hussain Reply

    July 28, 2011 at 10:47 am

    Why didn’t see this ford in kuwait?
    And after that we can write the comment.

  4. Fuz Rahman Reply

    July 24, 2011 at 8:30 pm

    looks awesome…but they could have done something better with regard to the window controls..looks blaahh..

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