• Welcome to SVTPerformance!

2020 Ford Explorer ST | Finally, a Real Performance SUV from Ford

Discussion in 'Front Page Articles' started by SID297, Feb 26, 2020.

  1. PhoenixM3

    PhoenixM3 Hello Kitty Slayer Established Member

    Messages:
    3,188
    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2012
    Location:
    Colorado Springs
    Pretty sure that portrait oriented screen is the upgrade. I like iPads, but not attached to my dash.
     
  2. Relaxed Chaos

    Relaxed Chaos Faster! Established Member

    Messages:
    866
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2007
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    That's only because there is no more Taurus. Essentially they've been the same car for a while, only one has been a sedan and the other a lifted wagon version.

    Squeezed out with help from the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
  3. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    49,684
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    Incorrect. The 2020 Explorer is on an entirely new RWD platform.


    Sent from my iPhone using the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
  4. Relaxed Chaos

    Relaxed Chaos Faster! Established Member

    Messages:
    866
    Joined:
    Oct 10, 2007
    Location:
    Wisconsin
    Ford has one foot in the grave and the other on a banana peel. They don't have money to develop 2 platforms. If they still made a Taurus it would be the same platform as the Explorer, just like the past 10 years.

    Besides, a RWD Taurus, or full-time AWD, would be preferred over my FWD (with rear assist) '15. And hopefully this Explorer won't disintegrate inside and out like my SHO.

    Squeezed out with help from the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
  5. gimmie11s

    gimmie11s Well-Known Member Established Member

    Messages:
    11,134
    Joined:
    Jun 1, 2004
    Location:
    so cal
    I’d like one of those too. Would buy!


    Sent from my iPhone using the svtperformance.com mobile app
     
  6. Bensin

    Bensin Member Established Member

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2019
    Location:
    Europe
    Stop living in the past. Get on the today train. The Volvo P2 platform of yesterday are gone.
    FCA used old E class Mercedes and Ford used Volvo S80 Volvo P2 platform - Wikipedia
    What if Ford had used Falcon platform from Australia? Think about it
     
  7. sono

    sono Active Member Established Member

    Messages:
    418
    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2012
    Location:
    WPB
    I think its a perfect example of hopelessly lost.
    Very plain looking
    Overpriced
    Little to no grass roots connection with the original vehicle.


    Everybody loved the original 5.0 Explorer, lets start with that!
     
    hand-filer and 200MPHCOBRA like this.
  8. Booky

    Booky Who's Pick'n The Banjo Here? Established Member

    Messages:
    3,135
    Joined:
    Feb 3, 2010
    Location:
    Evansville, WI
    Where Ford really messed up it's 400 hp Explorer is they should have used a Mustang instead of an ST badge.
     
    PhoenixM3 likes this.
  9. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    49,684
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    That would be interesting.
     
  10. Bensin

    Bensin Member Established Member

    Messages:
    41
    Joined:
    Dec 15, 2019
    Location:
    Europe
    The original spent most of the time on pavement. The new one will do the same for mom, dad, girlfriend and the man that cant no longer buy a Taurus but want to be brand loyal. But now you can get a Bronco made for offroad or if thats more you. In Europe Explorer is almost forgotten. Grand Cherokee and Cherokee of the 90s are what people build for offroad. It is still cool in 2020. It also helps that most suspension kits for Jeep are approved in Europe. None for Explorer.
     
  11. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    49,684
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    There's a 2020 Explorer ST here at NMRA Bradenton running 12.24.
     
    PhoenixM3 likes this.
  12. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

    Messages:
    90,859
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2002
    Location:
    Cheshire, CT
    That ST isn't stock, is it? Do you know what mods it has?
     
  13. biminiLX

    biminiLX never stock Established Member

    Messages:
    10,458
    Joined:
    Jan 17, 2003
    Location:
    Toledo, OH
    No way it’s stock but I’d like to know the mods too.
    Lund was impressed with the one they tuned.
    -J
     
  14. HISSMAN

    HISSMAN The Great Bearded One Staff Member Super Moderator

    Messages:
    25,127
    Joined:
    May 21, 2003
    Location:
    WV
    My neighbor just rolled in with a fully optioned one. They are one of the better looking SUV's, as far as exterior goes. However, I sat inside of it, and other than the gauge cluster and center display, it felt very dated. Hard parts everywhere, and the buttons and door panels felt like they jumped right out of the 90's. Maybe it was just an option that he missed, but for the money he paid, I would think that a leather dash would be part of the deal. We paid $38K for out very fully optioned Durango RT in 2015, after some rebates, and it has a leather dash. The only option we didn't get was the automated cruise control and rear entertainment. Plus that was with 5 years and 0% interest on the financing. One note though, his exhaust tips had cleaner cuts where they turned down. They didn't look all hacked up like the one in this image. Maybe QC stepped in on that, or he got lucky.
     
  15. 200MPHCOBRA

    200MPHCOBRA Liberty Tree Needs Water Established Member

    Messages:
    313
    Joined:
    May 8, 2005
    Location:
    Metairie, LA
    Jesus, why don't they just duct tape a computer monitor to the dashboard. WTH Ford?
     
  16. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

    Messages:
    90,859
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2002
    Location:
    Cheshire, CT
    I would question the real need for a portrait screen of that size. IMO the more information crammed onto the screen, the more the driver potentially is distracted while driving. Can these screens possibly even get bigger?!? Heavily contributes to an interior that misses the mark big time at that price point.
     
  17. SID297

    SID297 OWNER/ADMIN Staff Member Administrator

    Messages:
    49,684
    Joined:
    Mar 27, 2003
    Location:
    Myrtle Beach, SC
    A lot of tuning for sure.

    The one we had was a pre-production unit.

    The big problem with it is that they don't make very good use of the space on the screen. The back-up camera only takes up half of it, etc.
     
    HISSMAN likes this.
  18. RusWolf

    RusWolf Active Member Established Member

    Messages:
    1,496
    Joined:
    Nov 2, 2011
    Location:
    Finally back on the East Coast
    but a G63 is $150k+.... so i’m just curious how did we go from 60k car to 150k and skipped everything else in between.
    I mean G63 is in its own class for sure, BUT there are others to consider as well...
     
  19. CobraBob

    CobraBob Authorized Vendor Premium Member Established Member

    Messages:
    90,859
    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2002
    Location:
    Cheshire, CT
    So it sounds like they could have made the screen a bit smaller if they paid more attention to utilizing the space. Hmmm, sounds like Ford might have a penile issue. o_O IMO a horizontal layout would be better all around and less of a distraction to the driver. Moving your eyes left to right rather than up and down is more intuitive. At least for me it is. I like the horizontal layout on my G-70.
     
  20. kazman

    kazman King of Kazmania Established Member

    Messages:
    193
    Joined:
    Nov 26, 2013
    Location:
    Kazmania
    For the life of me I can't see the reasoning behind the exhaust tips... What's the Point?

    Never mind the iPad stuck on the dash.
     

Share This Page