Ford Pulls The Plug On Explorer Hybrid, Lincoln Aviator PHEV

Kevin Williams
by Kevin Williams

If you want a hybrid Explorer, get it now before they’re gone.

The Lincoln Aviator PHEV and Ford Explorer Hybrid have been some of the only midsized hybrid options on the market. At 25 MPG combined for the Explorer Hybrid and 21 miles of full EV range for the Aviator Hybrid, they’ve mostly sat alone in their respective classes, as the American offerings with electrified power. Well, for 2024, these electrified powertrains are dead. Ford is pulling the plug on the Lincoln Aviator PHEV, and the Ford Explorer Hybrid.

Ford plans on focusing on the more popular gas models of either nameplate. With the hybrid gone, the Lincoln Aviator will only be available with a 3.0-liter turbo V6. The Explorer will have the V6 but also have a 2.3-liter turbo four-cylinder in lower trimmed models.

Interestingly, the Hybrid Explorer is not dead for the Police Interceptor versions of the Explorer, which is hybrid only. According to Autoblog, Ford is shifting to focus on the overwhelming popularity of the Ford Explorer Police Interceptor. Thus, all of the hybrid resources will go toward satisfying those those orders.

A new (or refreshed) Ford Explorer is expected in 2025. Perhaps then, the hybrid model could return. Given that the segment is increasingly going electrified, it seems like a misstep for Ford to pull its hybrid offering. The Toyota Grand Highlander and Mazda CX-90 are two of the Explorer’s biggest competitors, both of which come with electrified drivetrains.

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Kevin Williams
Kevin Williams

Kevin has been obsessed with cars ever since he could talk. He even learned to read partially by learning and reading the makes and models on the back of cars, only fueling his obsession. Today, he is an automotive journalist and member of the Automotive Press Association. He is well-versed in electrification, hybrid cars, and vehicle maintenance.

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