Spy Shot of Next-Generation Ford Explorer Reveal New Details

The Next-Generation Ford Explorer is due for a summer 2018 release. So far, though, few details have been released. Spy photos, however, do reveal a few details. The test mule seen is clearly bigger in size than the current model.

Since most of the exterior is covered in camouflage, some expect that the frame could be made up mostly of aluminum especially for the hood, doors, and tailgate. The Ford brand has been making it clear that it is undergoing strenuous efforts to reduce vehicle weight in order to meet federal mandates. Under a new U.S. regulation, SUVs and crossovers must be able to achieve at least 54.5 mpg fleet average by 2025. Despite the effort to curb weight, the test vehicle appeared slightly larger.

According to insider information, the next generation Ford Explorer is also a candidate for a new nine-speed automatic transmission, which is designed to cut back on fuel use.

The crossover's bigger cousin, the Ford Expedition, is also making news with releases of its own spy photos.

Separate spy photos for the full-size SUV revealed two different grilles, indicating that different engine options will be available. If so, it's expected that the engine choices will be similar to the choices for the Ford F-150, including the base 3.5-liter V6 engine, a 5.0-liter V8 engine, and aV6 diesel engine.

Some of the more minor details evident in the spy shots include shorter rear doors that extend into the wheel wells. The rear window also appeared to have shrunk a bit. The side mirrors also appeared to have been redesigned as well.

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