Ford Explorer hybrid and ST revealed

The engine bolts to a quicker-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters that routes power to all four wheels.

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Specially tuned dampers and springs are on hand to sharpen the handling, and, for those who require maximum performance from their three-row family hauler, an ST Street Pack and ST Track Pack are available.

The ST replaces the Explorer Sport in the new sixth-generation lineup gaining a punchier engine, tighter chassis tuning and exclusive styling. The company says it's estimating a 143-mph top speed. That same testing showed the Explorer Hybrid to weigh 455 pounds more than a comparable (3.0-liter EcoBoost AWD) non-hybrid model-so the battery pack could be quite large (a plug-in hybrid version of the closely related Lincoln Aviator is due as well). "There's no mistaking its ST DNA". Meanwhile, it also has an EPA-estimated range of more than 500 miles (804 km), although that highly impressive number is strictly for the rear-wheel drive model, as actual range will vary. When engaged via the Selectable Drive Mode dial in the center console, the steering system tightens for sportier reaction, the gas pedal responds more aggressively, gears hold longer and shift quicker, and an enhanced engine note plays through the cabin. It has unique leather upholstery with ST logos stitched in the seatbacks and a heated flat-bottom steering wheel.

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Inside, a 12.3-inch all-digital instrument cluster is standard. While we don't have the full download on either ST Pack yet, we do know that they both include 21-inch aluminum wheels and upgraded brakes with red-painted calipers. Ford claims that this year it's introducing a whole slew of hybrid vehicles that combine performance and extended range via their efficiency, and this one is just the first.

Powered by a 3.3-liter hybrid unit, the 2020 Explorer Hybrid is said to produced a combined system output of 318 HP.

An all-new 10-speed modular hybrid transmission provides SUV capability.

The ST stands out from the standard Explorer thanks to a blacked-out grille, unique lower-body panels, and special badging. In today's announcement, Ford added that the Explorer Hybrid's lithium-ion battery pack will be liquid-cooled and fitted below the second-row seats in a way that preserves passenger and cargo space.

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