Ford Explorer – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer is a sport utility vehicle. It is manufactured in Chicago, Illinois. It was also assembled in Hazelwood, Missouri until the plant closed on March 10, 2006. The Ford Explorer was instrumental [ neutrality is disputed ] in turning the SUV from a special interest vehicle into one of the most popular vehicle types on the road. The model years through 2010 were traditional body-on-frame, mid-size SUVs.

For the 2011 model year, Ford moved the Explorer to a more modern unibody, full-size crossover SUV/crossover utility vehicle platform, the same Volvo -derived platform the Ford Flex and Ford Taurus use. It is slotted between the traditional body-on-frame, full-size Ford Expedition and the mid-size CUV Ford Edge. Although outwardly similar, the fifth generation Explorer, Ford Edge and Ford Escape do not share platforms. The fifth generation Explorer does, however, share platforms with the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT .

The Explorer has also been involved in controversy, after a spate of fatal rollover accidents in the 1990s involving Explorers fitted with Firestone tires. Both two-door Explorer Sport and four-door models of Explorer have been sold. Part-time four-wheel drive is an available option, and since 1995 this has been a ‘shift on the fly’ system with full protection against being engaged at high speed.

A specially modified Special Service Vehicle version is also available from Ford Fleet for law enforcement agencies. fire departments. and EMS agencies. Explorer was also the name of a trim package offered on the Ford F-Series trucks from 1968 to 1986. The 2011 Ford Explorer was named North American Truck of the Year. [ 1 ]

First generation (1990–1994) [ edit ]

Interior of First Generation Ford Explorer 3-door Sport with cloth seats

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Explorers initially came in 4 trim levels. the base model XL (which was later replaced with the XLS trim package as the base trim), XLT, Sport (which was what the 3-door version was called), and the upscale Eddie Bauer edition. For the 1993 model year, engine output was increased by 5#160;hp (4#160;kW) for a total of 160#160;hp (119#160;kW).

The Limited edition, added for the 1993 model year, was available only in the 5-door body style and was positioned at the top of the lineup above the Eddie Bauer edition. It featured automatic headlights. 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. The grill and headlight trims on the Limited edition were paint-matched to the body color. unlike the chrome (XLT) or black plastic (XL) versions on other trim levels.

Similar to the 5-door Ford Explorer, the 3-door Explorer Sport model came in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants. It replaced the Ford Bronco II as Ford’s 3-door mid-size SUV.

A variant of the Explorer Sport was sold by Mazda as the Navajo. which won Motor Trend Truck of the Year award, until it was discontinued in 1994.

A common complaint about the first generation models is that the light-duty A4LD automatic transmission, which was basically the 3-speed Ford C3 transmission with an overdrive gear, was not well-suited for towing and was unable to cope with higher power output from modified engines. Improved fluid cooling using aftermarket transmission coolers can alleviate these issues. Also, the automatic locking front hubs on four-wheel drive vehicles tended to fail prematurely; the manual versions, made for Ford by Warn. suffered from fewer reliability problems.

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