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by Brett Davis

Ford Motor Company announced yesterday that the 2011 Ford Explorer will be available with a two litre EcoBoost, four cylinder – the same engine proposed for the upcoming Ford Falcon. The company says the engine reduces fuel consumption by 30 percent compared to the current 4.0-litre V6 variant.

It’s all a part of Ford’s plan to reduce emissions and consumption with the big off-roader, diminishing the typical tradition of a big, thirsty V8 Explorer. The 2011 Explorer is said to use a Ford Taurus platform (family sedan) as well, further suggesting Ford’s decision to become more lean and frugal.

Mark Fields, head of Ford’s Americas unit, said in a recent statement,

“We believe we’ve hit the mark with the next-generation Explorer. It has the potential to change perceptions of what a modern SUV is all about.”

The Ford Explorer is America’s best selling four-wheel drive, but is it because of its large, masculine presence and specification? Ford’s 2011 Explorer will only be available with the EcoBoost four cylinder or a 3.5-litre V6, both aimed at improving economy, will this hinder sales?

Though, if the old 4.0-litre V6 consumed 16.8L/100km in the city and 11.7L/100km on the highway, then the new EcoBoost two litre would use 13L/100km in the city and 9L/100km on the highway. Not bad for a big wagon.

Both engines will be mated to a six-speed automatic gearbox when the car goes on sale in America later this year.

Although Ford has released a number of teaser images of the car that reveal very little detail, the company has announced the car will be unveiled to the public on July 26. We’ll keep you updated.




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