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2019 Ford Explorer Finally Spied in Close-to-Production Form

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Ford has finally moved onto testing a 2019 Explorer prototype that looks closer to a production model.

Spy photographers previously caught a 2019 Ford Explorer mule testing, but this is the first time they’ve managed to catch it in prototype form. Seen testing in Dearborn, Michigan, the 2019 Ford Explorer prototype previews an evolutionary design for the popular SUV. Up front, we can see a new grille, headlights, fog lights and hood, although they’re all heavily camouflaged. You can, however, get a hint of a similar design that Ford has been incorporating on all its new crossover and SUV models.

For the rear, there’s an updated tailgate and new tail lights accompanying the new rear bumper. The big news is that the 2019 Ford Explorer will ride on the automaker’s D6 platform that will also underpin various Lincoln models.

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Reports say the D6 platform is flexible enough to accommodate both front- and rear-wheel-drive vehicles, with available all-wheel drive. That means there’s a possibility the new Ford Explorer could go rear-wheel drive.

Under the hood, expect to see the latest EcoBoost engines and like the recently announced new Ford Mustang, the Explorer will likely lose its naturally aspirated V6 engine. Look for the new SUV to debut next fall or early 2018 before it goes on sale in summer 2018.

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