2020 Ford Explorer: All-New SUV (Will Help Save the Mustang)
Not a moment too soon, the 2020 Ford Explorer makes its debut on a new, flexible longitudinal-engine, rear-wheel-drive based unibody platform that we first saw under Lincoln’s three-row Aviator.
We say it’s just in time because the Explorer — the outgoing front-drive-based model of which has been around since the 2011 model year — slid 3.5 percent in sales last year. But more important to enthusiasts like us, the new rear-drive-based platform makes the next Mustang feasible amidst the automaker’s cost-cutting reorganization efforts that will see it kill off almost every non-SUV in its lineup. Until the Aviator and new Explorer arrive in showrooms, the Mustang is the only unibody Ford or Lincoln product that’s not front-drive based.