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The ‘Explorer’ nameplate refers to a series of SUVs that started production in 1991. It was designed to replace the Ford Bronco II and fitted in between the Edge and Expedition in terms of size. Currently in its 6th generation, the Explorer had two main options, a three-door and a five-door between 1991 and 2003.
The first generation (1991) was designed as a family / offroad combination and the intention was to rival the Jeep Cherokee and Chevrolet S-10 Blazer. The Explorer originally had a 4-liter V6 engine with rear-wheel drive as standard and the option to add part-time four-wheel drive. The model had 5 doors and two trim levels, the XL and XLT.
The second generation came out in 1995 with a new exterior and an optional 4.9-liter V8 engine. The exterior was completely changed with Ford keeping only the original roof and side door.
A third-generation (2002) had a more rounded body and was closely followed by the 4th generation four years later. At this point, a little technology was added, namely a tyre pressure monitor and electric stability control. The fourth-generation was the last model to use the body on frame configuration.
2011 saw the 5th generation enter the market which had been exclusively designed by Jim Holland, Ford's chief engineer who had previously worked for and designed for Land Rover. Ford introduced the push-button start, remote start engine, power liftgate, leather interior, temperature-controlled front and rear seats, adaptive cruise control and Apple iTunes connectivity.
The 6th generation (2020) debuted at the Northern American International Auto Show and was built on a rear-wheel drive CD6 platform which it shared with the Lincoln Aviator. Variants included The Explorer sport, Sport Trac, Police Interceptor models and Utility vehicles.