No confirmation has been given, but there’s a very good chance that this rendering is the finalized design of the 2012 Ford Explorer, one of Ford’s most hotly anticipated products. The new Explorer marks the first time that Ford’s mainstay SUV switches to a car-based, front wheel drive platform, a move that has caused some controversy with off-road enthusiasts.
The styling mixes some Ford cues with a very slab-sided, almost Land Rover-esque styling. Power is expected to come from a pair of Ecoboost engines through front or all-wheel drive systems. A terrain management system, also similar to the one employed by Land Rover, will also make its debut.
UPDATE: Looks like the rendering was actually done by Australian artist Joshua Byrnes.