Ford Explorer Sport is lifeless and the ST version now kicks in. A high-performance variant was showcased in the 2019 Detroit Auto Show and it looks astonishing. Past speculations were stating the forthcoming Explorer ST will proceed rear-wheel-drive. But, Blue Oval carmaker will offer an all-wheel-drive setup as standard. Also, the customers will have ST Street and ST Track packages to opt for.
2020 Ford Explorer ST Redesign and Exterior
The coming 2020 Ford Explorer ST comes with the extremely modern and one of kind exterior design. As every other Ford’s ST edition, this one also looks sporty. The aerodynamics are genuinely terrific. Visually, ST departs from the base Explorer model in so many ways. For instance, Explorer ST adds some specific features such as the black-mesh grille and unique reduced fascia.
On top of this, roof rack railings, all-new side panels, and black tailgate appliqué are in the offer. Ford also offers ST Road and ST Track packages. With these packages, you’ll acquire 21-inch wheels, high-performance brakes, and legendary red brake calipers.
Interior and Design
The majority of the interior details were shown but full details are yet to be announced. From what we saw, the 2020 Ford Explorer ST will offer a premium cottage with high-end features and materials. A flat-bottom steering wheel, bolstered leather seats with contrast stitching and special floor mats are standard.
Moreover, the crossover adds a 12.3-inch digital gauge cluster. Ford’s new busy park assist is a contemporary parking system that is available as well. Trailer tow package is optional and ST variant comes with higher seating position compared to the base model.
2020 Ford Explorer ST Engine
Standard Ford Explorer model comes with the 3.3-liter V6 engine. Unfortunately or not, this unit can’t produce enough electricity to get a high-performance version such as 2020 Ford Explorer ST. For this reason, Blue Oval carmaker will offer a 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6 just like the rumors have been saying months ago. This engine includes the 10-speed automatic transmission and it can produce 400 horsepower and 400 lb-ft of torque. According to Blue Oval carmaker, the crossover could reach a top speed of 143 mph.
The speculations were also saying the new Explorer ST will arrive together with the rear-wheel-drive installation. But, Ford is offering an all-wheel-drive configuration as standard. Hopefully, a rear-wheel-drive system will probably be from the offer as well, but we do not have that info for the time being. Even a hybrid version is an alternative, and a hybrid version will arrive in Police Interceptor model for now.
Release Date and Price
Without a doubt, ST will be the most pricey Explorer’s trim. The base model will cost $32,500 and the 2020 Ford Explorer ST about $50,000. This crossover will go on sale later this year and ST version will arrive in the same time as the base model.