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The Explorer's mid-life facelift is too subtle to overcome a myriad of deficiencies

29 Mar 2001

AS Ford's answer to the likes of Toyota Prado, Jeep Grand Cherokee and Mitsubishi Pajero, Explorer 4WDs are a common sight on Australian roads. It is an unexpectedly big 4WD with plenty of interior space and a surprising choice of two strong 4.0-litre V6 engines - plus a five-speed automatic transmission.

But the suspension is primitive and driver comfort questionable, both deficits in a hotly contested category.
Model release date: 1 June 1999 to 1 November 2001

Did you know?

The US-made Explorer was launched onto the Australian market in October, 1996Right-hand drive versions of Explorer are made in St Louis, Missouri The Explorer filled the hole in the range left when the Nissan-built Maverick disappeared in 1993

Previous model

Ford Explorer XL

Released: October 1996
Ended: June 1999
Family Tree: Explorer

The first Explorer can be identified with a less rounded rear end with a smaller window and using a two-way twist T-handle. The engine was the same 4.0-litre V6.

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