2012 Ford Explorer Leaked? UPDATE

Derek Kreindler
by Derek Kreindler
2012 ford explorer leaked update

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.

[Source: Autoblog]

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  • Eric Eric on Jun 09, 2010

    Well THAT's boring!

  • Chad Chad on Jun 10, 2010

    Ford is screwing up a fine automobile with this move.

    • Colum Wood Colum Wood on Jun 11, 2010

      You may be right. Especially with the Flex and Edge. But with no one buying the Flex and the SUV market mostly dead it might end up being a smart move - even if Ford sends all the current Explorer owners to Nissan to buy a Pathfinder.