2020 is going to be a great year!
Excitement for the 2019 Detroit Auto Show started early with the introduction of the 2020 Ford Explorer at Detroit’s Ford Field. The Ford family of employees and fans came together to see the debut of this completely redesigned SUV, the best selling 3-row SUV in the country.
The new Explorer features more space, power, and technology, but it’s the mission of the redesign that is most striking: To help its owners get off the road and find adventure, to offer a respite from our screen-driven lives, to be a haven for precious family and friend time.
Our cars have become the key to these things; they both connect us to our digital lives and enable our adventures. This is the mission of the Detroit Auto Show: to showcase the possibilities and let us see and try these great new technologies before we head to a dealership for a test drive.
Smart Tech Makes Driving More Comfortable
Ford rolls out its most advanced tech in the new Explorer. The idea is to give the driver a better, safer experience to reduce stress in traffic and enhance time in the car. The infotainment system starts with an 8-inch digital touch screen, standard on all models and upgraded to a 10″ screen in the top of the line Platinum edition. Ford’s Sync3 system offers apps, Apple Car Play, and WiFi that will connect up to 10 devices so the whole family can plug in on the road. Other great tech features include a wireless charge pad, up to 4 USB and USB-C ports and the option of a premium B&O sound system.
Smart technology also works to assist the driver, with features such as adaptive cruise that automatically slows down when traffic is sensed, centering the car in its lane, cruise control, navigation and cameras that read speed signs.
In the 2020 Explorer Ford is also introducing CoPilot360, a suite of driver assist safety features that will be standard on all models. These include:
- Pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking, with pedestrian detection and forward collision warning
- Adaptive cruise control with road sign reading ability; you can set the system to adapt the car’s speed to the posted speed limits (and reduce your risk of getting a speeding ticket!)
- Blind spot detection with cross-traffic alert
- Lane-keeping system that keeps the car centered in the lane
- Rearview camera with built-in lens cleaner
- Auto headlamps with auto high-beams
The Explorer Has An Apple Catcher
A what? Yes, they call it an apple catcher: A lip at the opening of the cargo floor keeps items from rolling out of the car when you open the liftgate. “Explorer customers need it to do certain things,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager.”They need to be able to drive certain places and haul specific items,” from apples to backpacks and more, as we rely on our cars for both our daily lives and our planned adventures.
Thoughtful Details and More Capability is Why Ford Calls this the “Best Explorer Yet”
A tray for back seat passengers that will fit a tablet. More leg room and head room in the third row. Child car seat LATCH hooks for every seat, not just the center row seats. More cargo space behind the third row and a reversible cargo floor with one side that can be easily removed and washed off. Center row seats that slide and tilt with the push of a button. And up to seven drive modes for all terrain and weather conditions, and a new rear wheel drive system that will improve MPG, tow capacity and the overall drive experience.
But we might say the best part is that Ford added many standard features but kept the price steady, increasing the 2020 model price by $400 over the 2019 model, which starts at $32,365.
See the Explorer… And More… On Us!
Ford will showcase the Explorer, as well as a few other surprises, at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The show, which takes place January 19-27 at the Cobo Center in downtown Detroit will also showcase new cars and trucks from Cadillac, RAM, Toyota, Kia and more. Come take a virtual test drive, experience the interiors and talk with product specialists who can tell you all about every model on the floor. And if you’d like to attend on us, enter below for your chance to win tickets!
Contest rules: Entries must be completed by midnight January 16, 2019. No purchase necessary; contest open only to US residents 18 and older and subject to the laws of Michigan. Winners will be notified by email by January 17, 2018. Winners MUST pick up tickets in person at the North American International Auto Show, Cobo Center, at 1 Washington Blvd. , Detroit, MI 48226 between January 19, 2018, and January 27, 2019. Winners may be asked to provide identification to receive their prize. Prize value $30 per prize, not exchangeable for cash or other items. Grand prize value is $130. A total of 10 pairs of tickets will be awarded and a total of 1 grand prize will be awarded.
Disclosure: We were Ford’s guest for the introduction of the Explorer; all opinions are our own.