Ford continues to let bits and pieces of the 2012 Explorer’s design trickle out, and the latest photo shoot (which made its debut on Ford’s Facebook page) takes place in the snowy woods, with a a few details visible. Notably, the A-Pillar of the car is blacked out, which gives less visual heft (and is a trick used on bulkier sports cars, like the Nissan GTR). Other visible design cues, like the headlights and rear-view mirrors, are chock full of the latest Ford design elements.
The Explorer is switching a car-based platform for 2012, a move that has many observers and loyal customers up in arms. Ford’s been on a hot streak with their latest products (the Fiesta, Mustang and Edge have been winning rave reviews) but the Explorer is their bread and butter, and any mishap during the launch could be a blow to the automaker’s resurgence.
GALLERY: 2012 Ford Explorer Teaser