Will the 2020 Ford Explorer be rear-wheel drive?

By Product Expert | Posted in Ford Explorer, Performance on Thursday, May 9th, 2019 at 7:01 am
Black 2020 Ford Explorer sits outdoors. Exterior front/side angled view. There are snow-covered mountain peaks and pine trees in the background.

Drivetrain Configuration on the 2020 Ford Explorer

Exciting news has hit for Ford Explorer fans- the trailblazing crossover SUV will be fully-redesigned for the 2020 model year. Originally launching in 1991 based on the body of the Ford Ranger pick-up, the Ford Explorer switched over to a car chassis framework in 2011. Sine then, it’s been consistently performing as the best-selling midsize SUV every year.

What changes can we expect when the 2020 iteration hits dealer lots in June or July this year? We know that, as usual, it will have more power, more space, and better technology. But what about drivetrain- will the 2020 Ford Explorer be rear-wheel drive?

Yes, the 2020 Ford Explorer will be rear-wheel drive. According to Ford, this choice significantly boosts sportiness, towing-capability, and passenger space. For the latter, though we still don’t know the exact figures, we know that some specifications are hitting best-in-class levels.

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Tow Capacity

The results are likewise clear when it comes to improved towing capacities. The tow limit of the Ford Explorer has increased from 3,000 to 5,300 pounds for the 2020 model year with the base 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. That figure increases even further to 5,600 pounds when equipped with the twin-turbo V-6.

Horsepower and Torque

While most modern crossovers are front-wheel drive, the switch to rear-wheel gives the 2020 Explorer a sporty, powerful edge. Depending on the configuration, this vehicle will boast 300 to 400 horsepower, alongside 310 to 415 pound-feet of torque. It will also offer intelligent four-wheel drive with seven selectable drive modes.

2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid

By implementing rear-wheel drive, the 2020 Explorer is returning to its roots from all those years ago. However, Ford is taking the best of both worlds by simultaneously moving into the future- the 2020 Explorer will be the first to boast a hybrid option, and a powerful one at that. The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid will enjoy 318 horsepower pouring from its 3.3-liter V6 hybrid engine.

Engine Options

The engine options for the 2020 Ford Explorer are:

  • 3-liter turbocharged inline 4-cylinder
  • Twin-Turbo V6
  • 0-liter EcoBoost
  • 3-liter V6 Hybrid

Price and Release Date

The starting MSRP has been listed at $36,675. It’s expected to hit our dealership lot this year in either June or July.

Red 2020 Ford Explorer parked outside a garage with children walking near it.


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