- February 2, 2002
- Reaction score
- City, State
- Morris Plains, NJ
- Year, Model & Trim Level
- 92 XLT
My guess is that the new "Explorer" will be basically the XC 90 with a few different body panels. If they go that way I will never buy a new Explorer.
the flex is their next minivan. they did the same thing chevy did with their minivans, raise the nose and make it boxy....so it looks like an SUV
In reality Americans are coming to their senses I guess....
It makes sense to use a car on the road (or a "crossover" ... basically the ride quality of a car with more room)
Trucks will of course come with solid axles to cater to the towing crowd, but not to cater to the offroad crowd. We'll be stuck with used vehicles from the mid-late 90s and older... and of course the Jeep brand.
The problem is I think Ford has beaten Americans to that idea. We still want big "cool" SUVs that we cant afford when gas prices keep climbing, that clog up the roads, cause more severe accidents, etc... it will be a while till we realize the sensibility of day to day vehicles.
I know I'm about to stray into another thread here, but it merges quite well with this one.
I listen to a Formula 1 podcast (FormulaPod -- the guys are a riot BTW) but they started talking about fuel economy. One of the guys mentioned doing a x-country trip back in the late 80's with a base Honda Civic and averaged over 45 MPG. I remember diesel Rabbits getting into the 50's in the 80's and I had a roommate with a Honda CRX that routinely got in the high 40's.
The point is that we have actually regressed in the last 20 years when it comes to fuel economy. Yes, the vehicles are heavier and larger, but the cD's are less and technology has certainly improved. You could go on forever about conspiracy theories as to why this has happened, but the point is this.
The fuel economy excuse sfor killing the SUV's are absolute crap. Minivans and CUVs get only margainly better gas mileage in all but their lightest and least powered trim levels. And, back to the above... the technology to make a 30 MPG 4WD REAL SUV exists now. And that's using a gasoline powered engine. Switch to diesel, and you're knocking on the door of 40 MPG. And IMHO, the PowerStroke is one of the best diesel engines made.
I don't know what Ford's excuse for killing a real mid-size SUV is, but it certainly won't be the reasons they are telling us it is. Like I said before, we just need to remind them the demand is there.
I did an internet search and found only vague articles about the next Explorer. No pictures, design info, not even an artist's conception of what it would look like. Does anyone have any solid info? Even if its going to be a CUV, I would consider buying one because of how well my 92 Explorer has served me. If the new one has even a little of the old Explorer DNA, it will be a fine vehicle. If Ford could boost the fuel economy up to 25 mpg it would be a good highway daily driver. Then I could convert my old Ex into a trail rig!
My best guess is that it will have the 3.5L V6, 6-speed auto trans, FWD/AWD, but not the Volvo Haldex system (too expensive, Ford is gettting away from it), styling maybe like a lifter Taurus X or a stretched Escape, unless Ford gets really bold and makes it look like a 1st generation Ex! I'm just guessing...
Seriously, is there any solid G2 out there?