Ford has released the all-new Explorer SUV in the USA with a fuel efficient 2.0-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine that produces 237 hp along with 339 Nm of torque. This gives you the power output similar to a V6 engine with the fuel efficiency of a four-pot setup.

Besides that, the 3.5-litre Ti-VCT V6 engine has been made more efficient and now produces 290 hp and 339 Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency is 20% better than the outgoing V6 model and it’s mated to a six-speed auto gearbox. Front wheel drive is standard but a 4WD system with hill descent control is optional.

The new Explorer is being marketed as a fuel-efficient SUV. Thus it also features goodies such as a variable displacement air-conditioning compressor, transmission that has optimised gearing ratios, slippery aerodynamics, electric power assisted steering and the use of an aluminium hood that brings down total weight by 45 kg.

The seven-seater also sees the use of safety systems such as a unique inflatable seatbelt in addition to the regular front, side and curtain airbags, front passenger sensing system, specialised pretensioners for first row seat belts, SOS Post-Crash Alert system and a system for safely securing child seats.

All that is good, but likely to be the Explorer’s most prominent feature is the modern, muscular exterior, which features a prominent grille, black A-pillars, plastic body panels and a flat hood. This is complemented with an interior that features a 4.2-inch LCD screen, air filtration system and cruise control. The Explorer will hit Ford’s US dealerships at the end of this year. Enjoy the high-res gallery after the jump.

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