This is the next-generation Ford Explorer, caught for the first time in performance-oriented ST trim. The Explorer will get its first comprehensive redesign in nearly a decade, likely for the 2020 model year.
The new Explorer will make use of a new platform that is flexible enough for front, rear or all-wheel drive configurations. There is a possibility the Explorer could even go rear-wheel drive. What is more likely, however, is a more powerful Explorer ST.
Just as the Edge gained an ST model for 2019, the Explorer should do the same with a 2.7-litre high-output Ecoboost V6, putting out at least 335bhp. Although a more powerful 3.5-litre Ecoboost may be likely, too. The Explorer ST will also add more aggressive styling and tuning. We expect to see the new Explorer early next year.