While more official news about the all-new Ford Explorer will be released later this summer, we thought we’d take you inside Ford for a look at some of the testing being done now to ready the vehicle for production. This testing helps to maximize the fuel economy and quality of the new model.
Julie Levine, Ford Explorer Program Manager, talks about just some of the rigorous testing conducted at the Ford proving grounds and how it impacts the vehicle. Shown in the video are a variety of road surfaces that are used to evaluate the handling of the vehicle and also noise that the driver and passenger hear when driving over similar surfaces. Julie also discusses the convenience and performance of the all-new Terrain Management System. You can read about this system in the article, Ford Makes Selecting the Correct Four Wheel Drive Mode Easy.
The 2011 Ford Explorer with the standard 3.5L V6 engine is projected to offer 25 percent better highway mpg than the V6 Explorer it is replacing.* The vehicle will feature unibody construction, Ford EcoBoost™ engine technology, a six-speed transmission and lightweight materials. In addition, the next-generation Explorer will debut the auto industry’s first-ever production inflatable seat belts, designed to provide additional protection for rear-seat occupants – often children and older passengers who can be more vulnerable to head, chest and neck injuries. The available inflatable rear seat belts spread crash forces over five times more area of the body than conventional seat belts, which helps to reduce pressure on the chest and to control head and neck motion for rear-seat passengers. Ford eventually plans to offer inflatable seat belt technology on other vehicles globally.
The next-generation Explorer will be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant on a flexible assembly line alongside the new Ford Taurus and Lincoln MKS sedans. The all-new Ford Explorer goes in to production later in 2010. You can follow the latest news about the 2011 Explorer by clicking here to become a fan of Ford Explorer on Facebook.