A more powerful 292 hp 218 kW 4. For 2001, the Explorer Sport was split from the four-door Explorer, retaining the second-generation body and chassis and adopting the front fascia of the Explorer Sport Trac. For 2014, Ford added the 365 hp 272 kW 3. Ford had set up a Ford Explorer Facebook page ahead of its debut. Archived from on October 1, 2015.
It featured , an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, foglamps, a center roof console with compass and outside thermometer, unique wheels and grille, and an automatic transmission as standard equipment. Marking the reintroduction of the waterfall grille to the Mercury brand, the Mountaineer saw two-tone and later monochromatic styling different from the Explorer. The five-speed automatic transmission was advanced. Moreover, Ford switched to a one-piece rear liftgate design due to the problems associated with the previous generation's design. The rear liftgate was redesigned, with the upper hatch enlarged. Power , like the ones from the , were also made available on the Explorer and Mountaineer; the running boards lower to allow easier access when entering the vehicle, then retract upon door closure.
Along with tuning the Explorer for higher-speed European driving, the Explorer was benchmarked to lead against the 300 and the then-in-development. Ford recommended a tire inflation of only 26 pounds per square inch 179 kPa likely contributing to the tread separation problem by causing the tires to operate at higher than normal temperatures. Many vehicle injury attorneys dissent from this view. Archived from on September 30, 2010. In the right conditions, the Explorer can keep moving even if only one wheel has traction, regardless of which wheel it is. Archived from on May 24, 2010. In early 2000, the was introduced, which was a mid-size pickup truck; offered with a crew cab with a short pickup bed, the Sport Trac was based on the five-door Explorer.
The is a mid-size derived from the four-door Explorer; two generations were produced from 1999 to 2010. Both companies' reputations were tarnished. The cargo floor was lowered several inches, adding nearly 10 cubic feet of total cargo room. Archived from on September 30, 2010. Other than the addition of the top-of-the-line Platinum trim, as well as standard eighteen-inch on the base Explorer trim, the changes are mainly in styling, exterior and interior color combinations, technology, and power. The Explorer was cleared by the as no more dangerous than any other truck when driven unsafely.
The Sport name was resurrected in 2012, but as a performance version of the standard four-door Explorer. In 2000, the North Face was also available in black. Nevertheless, Ford subsequently recommended that front and rear tires should be inflated to 30 pounds per square inch 207 kPa on all Explorer models and mailed a replacement tire pressure door sticker indicating the same to all registered owners. For 1998, the exterior of the Ford Explorer was given a mid-cycle update. Offered exclusively in an all-wheel drive configuration, the Utility is offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.
Due to Japan's strict , used vehicles tend to have low mileage with detailed repair histories. The U152 program began in 1995, with the final design being chosen in 1997 and frozen for production in February 1998, with development ending in 2000. Archived from on June 13, 2002. For the 2013 model year, Ford introduced the Police Interceptor Utility; as with the related Police Interceptor Sedan variant of the Ford Taurus, the Utility is referred to as a Ford Police Interceptor in lieu of being a Ford Explorer. As an option for both the 4. It will have a 350 hp 261 kW petrol engine and a 100 hp 75 kW electric motor with a combined output of 450 hp 336 kW and 840 Nm of torque.
In an effort to attract family buyers, a four-door version was developed alongside the two-door launched the same month as the four-door S-10 Blazer. The 2016 refresh bumped the to a 2. Standard running ground clearance is 8. Memos by Ford engineers suggested lowering the engine height, but it would have increased the cost of the new design. The Adrenalin was sold as an appearance package though from 2007-2010. Engine Production Configuration Power Torque Transmission Ford 1995-2000 245 cu in 4.
Other options included load-leveling air suspension on Eddie Bauer and Limited and a reverse-sensing warning system. Lowering tire pressure recommendations softened the ride further and improved emergency stability through increased traction, but increased the chances of overheating tires. Following the January 1996 introduction of the 4. The tire tread separated and the vehicle had an unusually high rate of crash as a result. A Mazda 5-speed manual was the standard transmission offering, with the option of the Ford 4-speed overdrive automatic transmission. The fifth generation Explorer features sculpted body work with stepped style headlamps similar to the , , , and , as well as new stepped style tail lamps. During its production, numerous variants of the Explorer have been marketed, with Lincoln-Mercury selling the four-door Explorer as the 1996—2010 and the 2002—2005; 2019— ; Mazda sold the Explorer Sport as the Mazda Navajo 1990—1994.
Conventional front and rear are used with 3. On four-wheel drive versions, the four-wheel drive system was redesigned for the 1995 Explorer. To match the V8 engine of the similar-sized , for the 1996 model year, Ford introduced a 5. All other Ford Motor Company vehicles are allowed to tow U-Haul trailers. Offered as standard equipment on the top-trim Eddie Bauer and Limited trims, the engine became an option on all other versions of the Explorer and Explorer Sport.
For 1993, the engine output was increased to 160 hp 119 kW. Archived from on January 6, 2016. The Ford Explorer Sport was offered solely on the two-door body style. The Explorer Sport Trac was produced through the 2005 model year until it was redesigned for 2007. For 1998, the Explorer Sport became the sole version of the three-door; following the introduction of the third-generation Explorer, the Explorer Sport became a distinct model through the 2003 model year. Distinguished by its color-matched grille, headlight trim, and model-specific bodywork and wheels, the Limited was offered with several model-specific features, including automatic headlights, an , , and center roof console with compass and outside thermometer. In another major change, the third-generation Explorer was developed solely as a five-door vehicle.