Ford ME unveils all new Explorer
Dubai, August 16, 2011
Ford ME, the Middle East unit of US automaker Ford Motors, has introduced the new Explorer with improved on-road driving dynamics, new four-wheel-drive (4WD) capabilities and terrain management system.
“Explorer customers asked us to improve the on-road driving experience,” said Jim Holland, chief nameplate engineer.
“Yet they want the ‘any road, anytime, anywhere, in all weather’ confidence and capability Explorer always has delivered. With its unique and intuitively operated terrain management system, the 4WD model offers easily accessed, selectable modes for maximum traction and control in a variety of off-the-beaten-track situations.”
The Explorer shift to a unibody platform has enabled significantly improved on-road dynamics. Fully independent front and rear suspension, EPAS, a robust front stabiliser bar, and careful suspension development and tuning provide confidence-building vehicle behavior and handling characteristics, a statement said.
The new Ford Explorer features the intelligent 4WD terrain management technology to provide the driver with security and confidence in a variety of climate and surface conditions.
Terrain management gives the driver choice settings including normal, mud and ruts, sand and snow. Intelligent 4WD with terrain management also includes hill descent control.
Explorer V6 models can be equipped to tow up to 5,000 pounds. Trailer brake control wiring is included, in addition to trailer sway control – a feature borrowed from the Ford F-150.
Trailer sway senses side-to-side trailer movement and uses stabilisation controls to keep the vehicle/trailer combination in confident control. A rear view camera with zoom feature helps the Explorer driver to line up for trailer hookup. – TradeArabia News Service
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