As of late, Ford has been peppering the Internet with teaser images of the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer. Unlike the previous iteration, this SUV will be a unibody (no more body-on-frame truck knockoffs). The new Explorer will also be getting a range of new engines. One likely candidate is the 3.7 liter V6 found in the Ford Mustang.
Ford recently confirmed that the new Explorer will also get a 2.0 liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. This engine, Ford says, will get 30% better gas mileage than the current V6. That is a big jump in fuel economy, but will it also mean a big jump in price?
The current entry-level engine in the Explorer lineup is the ancient 4.0 liter V6. This anemic engine is good at nothing; it makes a paltry 210 horsepower, gets just 20 mpg on the highway in the Explorer (14 in the city!) and it is old as hell. In comparison, the 3.7 liter V6 gets 27 mpg in the Ford Edge while providing 285 horsepower. So how about that EcoBoost?
Ford still hasn’t released any hard details on the 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine. If it is getting 30% better efficiency than the outgoing 4.0 liter V6 though, it would have to beat the combined mileage of 16 mpg on the current Explorer. That would mean at least 17 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway for a combined mileage of around 21 or 22 mpg. But will Ford offer the 3.7 liter V6 as the entry-level engine? Or will it be the EcoBoost? Will the EcoBoost cost a premium, like it does in the Taurus SHO? My feeling is yes, probably. I also have an inlking the 3.5 liter EcoBoost engine might find its way into the Explorer too. Explorer SHO, anybody?
So far though, the EcoBoost engines have proven pretty popular. Will Ford find another winner in the Explorer? A full unveiling of the 2011 Explorer will be happening soon. I know I can’t wait.
Source: Carscoop | Image: Ford