The first of a new generation of electric vehicles has been revealed by Ford in the shape of the zero emission Explorer SUV.
Built in Germany as part of a collaboration with Volkswagen, the new Explorer is the first electric vehicle that will go into production at the Ford Cologne EV Campus.
Ford says the vehicle leads the way for a new wave of electric models from Ford’s American roots and designed for Europe.
Joining the existing Mustang Mach-E in Ford’s electric SUV portfolio, the new Explorer is a 5-seater and aimed at adventure families.
With the option of a dual motor set up and all-wheel-drive it appears as a much more conventional SUV than the Mach-E.
Order books will open towards the end of the year, and the model is slated for release early in 2024.
A 450-litre boot expanding to a maximum of 1,400 litres underlines its family-friendly approach and the cockpit is high-tech including a movable touchscreen and connected infotainment system.
A 17-litre console between the driver and front-seat passenger can hold a 15-inch laptop, combining with a private locker behind the touchscreen.
The Explorer’s SYNC Move infotainment system features a movable 14.6‑inch touchscreen that can slide up and down to suit the driver and conceals a private locker storage space for valuables.
A compartment for two large smartphones comes with wireless device charger as standard, and SYNC Move provides wireless compatibility with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Driver assistance systems include - for the first time on a Ford in Europe - Assisted Lane Change for smoothly and safely changing lanes at the push of an indicator stalk, and Clear Exit Assist that provides warnings of approaching cyclists before opening doors in busy urban centres.
Prices correct as of 22/03/2023 and are subject to change.