The Ford Edge ST might just be the first of many high-performance crossovers and SUVs from the brand.
According to a recent report from sister site The Truth About Cars, the next Ford Explorer will offer four engine options, one of which will be a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 for the Explorer ST. Sources say it’s the same engine currently found in the Lincoln Continental and MKZ models, where it makes 400 horsepower and 400 pound-feet of torque. Expect a possible bump in performance since this will be branded as an ST model.
As for the other three engines, the Explorer’s current 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine will carry over, while the 3.5-liter V6 will be replaced by a 3.3-liter V6 that is currently the entry-level engine found in the F-150. The fourth option will be a hybrid variant that the American automaker expects to further enhance the Explorer’s dominance over the police vehicle market. Also heading to the new Explorer will be the 10-speed transmission found in the F-150 and Mustang.
Additional changes are heading to the next Explorer, which will ride on a rear-wheel-drive platform. It will be built on Ford’s new modular CD6 platform at the company’s Chicago Assembly Plant, but unlike the F-Series pickup trucks, it will have mostly steel body panels.
[Source: The Truth About Cars]
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