American Ford Explorer set off to conquer off-road – DRIVE

The “most off-road Explorer” has its own bumpers and a radiator grill with additional lights (2.5 brighter than the main beam). The ground clearance has been increased to 221 mm (+20). The approach angle is 23.5 °, the exit angle is 23.7 °. The tires are 265/65 R18 Bridgestone Dueler tires.

Ford continues to evolve its lineup Explorer… More recently, simplified picking already existing modifications, and now the Americans are releasing a full-fledged new version of the crossover. The car was given the name Timberline, and in fact it is the antipode ST… On the updated elements of the exterior, the Fordists, preparing the car for off-roading, did not stop. Customers will have a modified suspension, underbody protection and even a 3.58 Torsen limited-slip differential. But the other equipment of the five-door will be quite simple.

The chassis uses reinforced shock absorbers from the modification Explorer Police Interceptor… The front and rear suspensions, as well as the space under the transmission, are protected by steel plates. The novelty also received new stabilizers, springs and steering settings.

Inside – analogue dashboard scales and a small display of the multimedia system with a diagonal of eight inches. The ActiveX seat upholstery is combined with textile inserts. The steering wheel, the first and second rows of seats are heated. Timberline nameplates will remind you of the theme of the publication.

Under the hood of the Explorer Timberline is a 2.3 EcoBoost turbo four with a return of 304 hp. and 420 N • m. Traction on all wheels is transmitted by a ten-speed “automatic”. The equipment already includes a package for towing third class trailers weighing up to 2404 kg. The towing hooks at the front will support up to 150% of the vehicle weight. Customers will be offered three additional packages: Outfitters SkyBox, Outfitters MegaWarrior and Outfitters FrontLoader. These include roof accessories, all-weather floor mats and other off-road travel accessories. Sales will begin in the summer, with other Ford models getting the Timberline version later.


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