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Designed for family road trips, the electric Ford Explorer comes with a 450-litre boot and a 14.6-inch infotainment system, all wrapped in bold American style.

22 Mar 2023 | International News : U.K.

Ford has unveiled a new, all-electric Explorer designed for the European market.

Unlike the U.S.A market large SUV which shares the same name, this all-electric Explorer measures less than 4,500mm long, which means it will compete against electric crossovers including the BYD Atto 3 and Ioniq 5.

The Ford Explorer will be offered with aero-optimised alloy rims in sizes from 19 to 21-inches
This Ford Explorer is additionally the first of two Ford vehicles which will be built atop the Volkswagen Group's MEB platform, and will be the first electric vehicle to see series production at its new Cologne EV Campus in Germany.

Ford states that this Explorer will offer five seats across two rows, while being equipped to set families on the road to adventure. Accordingly, it comes with the firm's 14.6‑inch SYNC Move supersized infotainment system, which supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for entertainment on the go.

This touchscreen additionally can slide up and down to suit the driver's preferred viewing angle, and conceals a private locker storage space for valuables. The centre console, meanwhile, will offer a total of 17 litres of storage space. Ford states that this space is sufficient to store a 15-inch laptop, or multiple 1.5-litre bottles.

A 14.6-inch infotainment system supports wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, while the centre console will offer 17 litres of storage space
The Ford Explorer will also offer a total of 450 litres of boot space at the rear with all seats in place. Heated and sculpted sporty seats that come with a massage function for the driver, keyless entry, alongside a hands-free power tailgate will all come as standard for the Ford Explorer in Europe, further adding to its adventure-ready credentials.

And the exterior of this SUV will communicate this same message, thanks to the use of what is said to be the assertive style of Ford's iconic American SUV, evolved for a new electric era.

The car thus sports a blanked-out front in place of a traditional grille, alongside a floating roof design and will additionally be offered with aero-optimised alloy wheels in sizes from 19 to 21-inches.

The Ford Explorer range in Europe is reported to start with a 168bhp variant, while a 282bhp variant will also be offered. A range-topper dual-motor variant will come with a total of 335bhp.

Ford announced in 2022 that it plans to introduce a total of three new electric passenger vehicles and four new electric commercial vehicles in Europe by 2024, and plans to sell more than 600,000 electric vehicles in Europe by 2026.

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