Ford Will Reveal the 2020 Explorer in January 2019

The media event takes place January 9th - stay tuned to TFLcar for more updates!

The 2020 Explorer is upon us.

2020 Explorer will be revealed in Detroit
The 2020 Ford Explorer will return to a rear-wheel drive platform in its sixth generation. [Photo: TFLcar]

We’ve been seeing much more of the 2020 Explorer lately, and we felt that meant Ford was getting ready to unveil it to the world. Turns out we were correct – Ford will debut the all-new SUV on January 9, just before the Detroit Auto Show.

So what do we know so far? We’ve known for awhile that the sixth-generation Explorer will take the SUV back to a rear-wheel drive platform. Back in 2011, when the current Explorer debuted, it moved away from its ancestors by moving to a unibody, front-wheel drive platform. Prior to that, Ford built the Explorer as a truck-like body-on-frame construction. The 2020 Explorer shares its platform with the new Lincoln Aviator, so we’ll soon see both return to a rear-wheel drive platform. Ford, however, won’t return the Explorer to a body-on-frame design. They will reserve that slot for the new Bronco, when it arrives.

New powertrains?

The Explorer is still a successful model for Ford, selling well in excess of 200,000 units each year. While the 2020 Explorer is a major redesign, it doesn’t appear to be a radical departure from the previous generation’s design language. Powertrains are still a bit of a question mark as well. It would make sense for the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine to carry over. The old 3.5-liter Duratec V6 engine may well disappear, while signs from the upcoming Police Interceptor Utility and Lincoln Aviator indicate that the 3.0-liter EcoBoost with 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque may well make its way into the high-performance Explorer ST.

Ford will reveal the 2020 Explorer at Ford Field on January 9. Included with that date was a statement: “Almost 8 million [Explorers] have made their way into driveways and trails across the U.S. This sixth-generation of the Ford Explorer is our most advanced and adventure-ready version ever.”

Stay tuned to for more updates on the 2020 Explorer and other reveals from the 2019 Detroit Auto Show!