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While Ford has no plans to release the 2011 Ford Explorer in Australia, it’s a great sign of things to come for the American manufacturer.

We have also been keeping an eye on its development due to one of the powertrains being fitted to the vehicle.

The 2011 Ford Explorer will be released to the public with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged, directly injected, four-cylinder EcoBoost engine that will find its way into the 2011 Ford Falcon. Ford was also spied testing the 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine in the Ford Territory, although it has made no plans or announcements regarding its availability.

The following Computer Generated Image (CGI) gives you a great idea of what the 2011 Ford Explorer will look like when it’s released closer to the end of this year.

Expected to share Land Rover’s Terrain Response traction control system, the Explorer will use a unibody construction to greatly reduce weight. The weight reduction is expected to yield fuel economy gains, making a smaller 2.0-litre engine capacity more realistic.

What do you think about the 2011 Ford Explorer? Would you like to see it sold alongside the Territory?

Illustration by Josh Byrnes.