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2011 Ford Explorer Review

The 2011 Ford Explorer has been redesigned from top to bottom, inside and out, to reflect a contemporary view of what customers want today in a modern SUV.

"Ford has changed everything about the Explorer again but still immediately and instinctively recognizable as a Ford Explorer," said Moray Callum, Executive Director of Design of North America. "We believe in it" because it is a contemporary interpretation of the same capacity for Ford Explorer has always defended without compromise. "

"The all-new Ford Explorer combines the bold language, appealing design with a wind-cheating and aerodynamic noise on a rigid unibody platform," said Melvin Betancourt, Design Manager. "Explorer has the height, position, height above the ground and the signs that clearly indicate your SUV off-the-box capabilities."

Team Ford Explorer was the design challenge of reinterpreting the icon of the segment-defining a modern, contemporary SUV for the 21st century.



"The new Ford Explorer starts with proportions and attitude," said Ingrid Betancourt. "His smooth, flowing lines combine with the metal plates muscle toning that provide sport looks good and superior aerodynamics of the tail fin and the lower air dam flexible -. integrated into the fairing - align to provide the wind tunnel proven fuel rockers blackened lifting eye means. Ford Explorer robust four-wheel drive and the ability to drive empowerment. "

Forte, color C-pillar and D-pillars are blacked traditional signals Ford Explorer, while the black A pillars and B-pillars give a fresh new opening enveloping light.

Ford Explorer design is connected to the DNA of the Ford brand around the wheel flares inspired by the Mustang and one side lower bodies resulting from the current Taurus design protocol, Ingrid Betancourt said. "Up front, Ford Explorer has a new interpretation of Ford's signature three-bar grille. During the bumper, giving the DNA Ford trapezoidal grille below visual continuity through the Ford cars on the show floor. "

The standard roof rails, rounded corners, short overhangs and aggressive wheel and tire gives strong indications that customers recognize in an SUV.

Back, the glow of LED brake lights jewel-like taillights. The name of the project Explorer from the application of the tailgate.

Ford Explorer Inside: responsible for safety and high-end September

As with the exterior, the Ford Explorer written interior design has been upgraded and so soft-touch surfaces and priorities of key occupant comfort. One goal was to make the Ford Explorer Interior an average of three rows of technology, convenience and connectivity in the same, while the driver confidence inspiring driving dynamics on any road, anytime, anywhere.

Feel the inside is one of the luxury cars of high quality, the choice of a high form and finish.

"Make it look expensive: it was my goal for the new Explorer interior," said Mike Arbaugh, director of interior design studio. "It is a vehicle that challenges high-end SUVs like BMW X5 and Audi Q7, so the interior design, art and design and finish should play in this league."



The new Ford Explorer interior package is a best-of-two-worlds approach that combines first-class European design elements - giving a sense of driving dynamics - with a sophisticated and very American confidence. The graceful, continuous flow from the dashboard into the door and leaning in the center console reflects the sporty, the European theme, while the sitting position control provides comfort so important to SUV buyers.

The Ford Explorer interior packaging also reflects the latest version of the Ford DNA storage reflected placed throughout the cabin, including intelligent spaces for all working families to go.

"As a designer and audiophile, I'm really excited about the metal speaker grilles in the door panels," said Arbaugh. "They give a lasting sport utility vehicle, seem technical and expensive, and offer excellent clarity of sound."

Dashboards and door to reflect all soft-touch surfaces, which makes the Ford Explorer comfortable indoor views of both aesthetic and tactile. The inner surfaces of cloth - including the black trim - are composed of 25 percent recycled content. Foams for seats on the content of soy helps keep the environment green Ford Explorer.

"The modern design and soft-touch surfaces and chrome accents harmonize to give the new Explorer with a sense of luxury, we believe customers will really appreciate in a row of three, fully capable SUVs," said Arbaugh. "The center of the media and connect MyFord � technology driver not only reflects a lifestyle of SUV buyers, the strength."

World-class professional

New Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle to increase the importance of fit and finish, not only customers in North America but also globally. Ford Explorer is the most exported to the plate of North America in Ford's product portfolio. This is the 2011 Explorer was designed and developed to overcome not only the standards of North America, but global standards for the execution of the interior surfaces and no protruding edges.

Compliance with these global standards called for tighter gaps margin and surface tolerances equal to or greater than that of Audi. While this presents some challenges for the team of interior design, but also served to support the progress of the Ford Explorer Interior craftsmanship and quality.



A Ford internal experience and the quality process has been established with the development of Ford Explorer, provide benchmarks and indicators to include better materials, more emphasis on how the pieces inside and outside meet.

A new heights

As part of the Ford global product development, Ford Explorer has been subjected to extreme tests, while still at the stage of virtual computer-aided design. The problems identified and processed using virtual reality to offer a superior vehicle prototype construction starts. Then the racing prototypes have been tested and validated to ensure that the attributes of the original destination is delivered to customers.

Ford Explorer, the vehicle's design team took the prototype of Colorado for more than 13 114 foot Imogene Pass, buried them deep into the desert sands of California, dug in the snow in Minnesota and northern Michigan, ran a red patch of mud bog Clay, Alabama, and has recorded numerous development and validation of kilometers as well as Arizona and Michigan proving grounds.

The goal: to provide a durable, high quality, fully capable and fuel for the SUV today's customers in over 90 countries worldwide.

Silence can

2011 Ford Explorer was designed and manufactured to offer the best in its class NVH levels of control and high-end SUV rival into silence. Customer surveys say Ford Explorer development team, within an SUV should be serene and soothing.

Ford Explorer ride of silence began at the design stage. A monocoque configuration with fewer parts means less chance of squeaks and rattles. To strengthen the front of the housing of the radiator is a single element, while a key competitor requires 11 separate pieces to perform the same function. In addition, the Ford Explorer has a hydroformed front frame to add strength, reduce weight and reduce NVH.

Ford Explorer employee development vision of the technology of noise and statistical modeling to optimize the balance NVH. Vision of noise consists of a ball with hundreds of small cameras and microphones, allowing engineers to locate the individual sounds of different frequency bands. This allows the isolation and correction of potential noise early in the process.



To provide a quiet ride, the Ford Explorer acoustic characteristics of laminated glass, an acoustic headliner, a panel driver silence, full-perimeter hood seal, Underworld saucepan, cover with insulation lofted high density carpet barrier mass supported and treatment of soil cement. Inner-dash insulators and the tunnel, the line doubler, a spare blanket covering the door, tailgate and pillar trim absorbers all contribute to the inner silence.

Statistical modeling was used to define the sounds Ford Explorer. Customers prefer a bit of engine noise - the acceleration, for example. This analytical measurement helps engineers to the eradication of the balance of unwanted sounds, but warm sounds that attract drivers.

Ford Explorer V6 sets a new benchmark

The Ford Explorer 3.5-liter V6 is offered as standard equipment on base models, XLT and Limited. Provide an expected improvement in fuel economy by 20 percent from the previous model explorer, this sweet and powerful V6 provides intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) in the management of the land. The efficiency can exceed Ford Explorer fuel economy figures for the 2010 Honda Pilot and other vehicles in the segment.

Using Ti-VCT for optimized fuel economy and reduced emissions part, this engine delivers an estimated 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque.

This V6 engine is very advanced, the application of Ford Explorer, which has a series of measures to improve mechanical efficiency, increases fuel consumption, lower emissions, reduce operational costs and improve stamina.

Economics mechanical efficiency, performance and fuel was improved by Ti-VCT, a belt of low voltage drive on a one-way clutch for the alternator, a direct acting mechanical bucket (DAMBE) with polished cubes Valvetrain to reduce friction, piston cooling jets, improving the bay's breathing through the Bay of cylinder block and cam covers made to reduce engine weight.

Ti-VCT allows precise control and variable valve overlap, or when the intake valves and exhaust ports are open simultaneously. This gives a greater mechanical efficiency to better response and performance while optimizing fuel economy. In the first half-throttle conditions, Ti-VCT reduces emissions.

3.5-liter V6 has been improved deceleration fuel stop valve technology, which maximizes fuel economy in situations throttle closed.

The Explorer V6 is designed for durability with a chain driven camshaft, high-strength powder metal forged connecting rods with floating pins, fully compensated forged steel crankshaft, cast aluminum deep pan oil sump four screws and caps bearing bolt through the engine block side.

Noise, vibration and harshness (NVH) characteristics are controlled and developed to reduce the top composite and the exhaust manifold, silent cam chain, and an acoustic hood.

Ford Explorer 3.5-liter V6 offers the best in class fuel economy still do not give the power to tow up to 5000 pounds when properly equipped.



EcoBoost 2.0-liter I-4 produces a naturally aspirated V6 punch

SUV drivers looking for maximum fuel efficiency, Ford launched the new Ford Explorer with a provision EcoBoost2.0 liter I-4. The combination of direct fuel injection and turbocharger, this engine offers advanced performance comparable to the normally aspirated V6 engines competitive. Develop up to 237 horsepower at 5,500 rpm, the I-4 delivers 250 lb-ft of torque.

Estimated improvement in fuel economy over 30 percent, fuel assemblies in accordance with the Ford Explorer V6 sedans like the Toyota Camry 2010.

Like other Ford EcoBoost engines, maximum torque generated at a low speed in 1700 through a broad band of 4000 rpm. This tray has a pair of flexible and efficient power delivery across a wide range of engine and vehicle speed, while helping save fuel by the power to lower levels rpm. Ti-VCT, four valves per cylinder and mechanical valve lifters DAMB increasing efficiency through improved engine breathing in the broad power and torque bands.

A relatively high compression ratio is enabled by the use of direct fuel injection, which operates at pressures of fuel from 2200 to 2800 psi. The single turbocharger optimally adapted to the EcoBoost I-4 engine and behavior SUV vehicle performance. Precise control of fuel pressure allows the Ford Explorer I-4 to provide increased power at low revs, without annoying turbo lag.

The EcoBoost I-4 uses 5W30 oil-GF4 to reduce friction and reduce cost of ownership with intervals of 10 000-mile oil change.

Goal of sustainability is 10 years or 150,000 miles. Sustainability actions include enhanced oil filtration and cleaning, the addition of an aluminum oil cooler with better heat dissipation and cooling yielded between diameter aluminum engine block. This engine is the first application of U.S. market Cooler air brick style, offering greater thermal efficiency.



The new EcoBoost 2.0-liter engine has been introduced worldwide by Ford Motor Company, whose demand for different products in Europe, Asia and Australia, in addition to the new Explorer.

EcoBoost technology will be important in the efforts of Ford global sustainability, power up to 1.3 million cars a year by 2013.

Six-speed transmissions will help the performance and economy

The only six-speed transmission coupled to each Ford Explorer offers performance gains with the flexibility and economy of the optimum gear for every situation. Gears have the advantage of better acceleration from a complete stop, while the higher gears help the fuel economy increase that allows the engine to operate at speeds below cruise speed.

Ford Explorer XLT and Limited offer an offset select Automatic � transmission, allowing drivers to manually shift gears using a gearshift lever mounted on the + / - rocker.

Ford Explorer engines have been developed to offer drivers of SUV with the power and capacity they expect and deserve, along with fuel economy they want.

Technology surprising level of comfort and connectivity

The new Ford Explorer Ford will offer customers a wide range of SUV levels of equipment and technologies customers the convenience and connectivity to raise eyebrows, even among luxury SUV owners.

"Today, customers SUVs really are not interested in compromise," says Amy Marentic, group marketing manager. "They want luxury, comfort and all-road capabilities of the technology until now, have had to choose between a luxury SUV to get features they want -.. A level of function, this is a new brand, the leader in Ford Explorer now "

New Ford Explorer SUVs, challenging the status quo, providing a level of luxurious comfort, Communications and Technology. From a well-equipped base model, which includes the driver MyFord combines technology with volume XLT series is a deluxe edition in a limited series, the Ford Explorer sport utility vehicle offers buyers of technology and unexpected comforts of the premium SUV.

Blind Spot Monitoring, giving the driver when backing up a parking space with limited visibility, adaptive cruise control that monitors the vehicles safely ahead, and a park with active support in finding and perform a parallel parking maneuver of all technologies to represent a buyer can expect to find in stores luxury SUVs. The new Ford Explorer offers all this and more.



Base is a new and well equipped

The base Ford Explorer provides a powerful suite of customer convenience and functionality of technology, with the following standard:

Hill Start Assist

Dual chrome exhaust tips

The projector-type headlights

Power remote mirroring side view

LED taillights

Air filtration equipment

Media Hub, including an auxiliary input

Four 12-volt power outlets

Second and third-row dome / map light

Tilt / telescopic steering column

Steering wheel-mounted five-way and other audio controls

Cruise control

Power windows with a driver of land

Simple CD/MP3-capable six speakers

MyKey � control function owner

Remote keyless entry

The base Ford Explorer includes cloth seats with the first set of cups, adjustable seat 60/40 split fold-flat in the second row and 50/50 split folding third row.

Volume Series XLT adds a touch of good taste



The new 2011 Explorer XLT model offers all the basic equipment to harmonize higher chromium and satin accent trim, 18-inch aluminum wheels, unique seat fabric, leather-covered steering wheel and gear knob, Automatic � transmission SelectShift , keyless keypad entry SecuriCode �, fog lights, SIRIUS � Satellite Radio (including the six-month prepaid subscription contiguous 48 states), ring the alarm and turn off the detection system.

Customers specify the Ford Explorer XLT models are available for a wider choice of opportunities, such as the following packages:

Connection package includes driver MyFord Touch driver connect technology with two pilots configurable LCD pole displays, an 8-inch touch screen color of the center console, better media hub with USB ports, an SD card slot and RCA video input jacks, Ford Sync and electrochromic retrospect

The package includes comfortable leather seating, power heated 10-way driver and six-way power-adjustable for front-row passengers. It also includes support for the head to four lanes in the first row

A system of high-end audio with eight speakers, rearview camera and dual-zone electronic automatic temperature control is also available.

Ford Explorer XLT also offers a dual-panel moonroof, power-to-use product divisions, BLIS Traffic alarm limits, inflatable seat belts second row outboard seating positions and, 20-inch polished aluminum and paint colors Prize - Candy White Platinum Tri-Coat metallic and colored transparent red - stand-alone options.



Top of the range Limited, offers more luxury

The luxury SUV buyers seeking capacity will be impressed by the generous level of comfort technology and connectivity offered in the all-new Ford Explorer Limited. Remote start via a seat 10-way leather-trimmed driver with adjustable pedals with memory settings, Ford Explorer Limited takes luxury to another level.

Visual distinction is provided by a single body-color grille, body-color exterior mirrors with memory PowerFold �, 20-inch wheels and aluminum.

Ford Explorer Limited includes all the content it offers the public XLT, plus:

Ambient lighting

Adjustable pedals with memory

Cargo Network

Automatic dual-zone electronic temperature control

Clad in leather, heated seats

10-seat power lumbar and tilt piece of guidance

Six passenger seat first-class power with lumbar support and tilt

Second row 60/40 split bench with armrest and dual cupholders

Electrochromic rearview mirror

Sony � High Definition audio with radio and 12 speakers

Reversing camera

Remote Start

110 volts

SYNC voice-activated communications and entertainment

Smart Access with push button start

Universal garage door opener

The most luxurious model Ford Explorer comes standard with Touch Driver MyFord Connect Technology. This cluster includes a pair of self-adjustable driver installed in the display, 8-inch color LCD screen is a center console with compass and thermometer, a media center with a pair of USB ports and an SD card reader and RCA input connectors . Ford Explorer Limited, offers a five-way cross-checks on the steering wheel.

The all-new Ford Explorer Limited can be further improved with a couple of packs of options specific to the series, which adds even more luxury, comfort and safety:



Limited Package adds a voice-activated navigation system, a single CD/MP3 player, SD card for maps and points of interest storage, and integrated SIRIUS Travel Link �. Also included is perforated leather-trimmed seats with heating and cooling features for the driver and passenger front row, power fold third row of seats, a power 10-way adjustable passenger row first seat with lumbar support and a tailgate pilot operated

Package 2 contains a limited active park assist, adaptive cruise control and collision warning support of brakes, windshield wipers with rain sensor, BLIS cross-Traffic Alert and HID headlights

Ford Explorer Limited also offers second-row captain chairs and a console in the second row SUV buyers a higher priority is a back-seat luxury and comfort is excellent.


 
"All these features contribute to a completely new challenge for the Ford Explorer SUV concept of what they can offer their customers," said Marentic. "This level of luxury, functionality, comfort and connectivity, combined with the fuel efficiency of light-headedness, is the kind of leadership in today's SUV customers need and appreciate, the plate you know and trust Ford Explorer -."
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