Car reviews - Ford - Explorer - XLT V8 5-dr wagon
Ford's Explorer Mk2 was a far better 4WD wagon than its ill-sorted predecessor
21 Dec 2001
FORD'S new Explorer looks and feels more substantial, but the real story is in the adoption of independent suspension on all four wheels and the addition of a powerful new V8 engine straight from the Mustang. The Explorer still comes across as very American - that is, it's softly sprung and cushy to ride in - but the V8 gives strong performance for only a small price increase over the base V6 and can be made to return respectable fuel figures. Respectable that is for a vehicle tipping the scales at more than two tonnes. The dual range transmission helps the Ford off-road, but a shortage of ground clearance does not. New, optional third-row seats and a little more passenger space are welcome improvements.
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Ford ExplorerReleased: October 96
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Family Tree: Explorer
The original Ford Explorer appeared Down Under in October 1996. Available only in V6 guise, the UP made way for the facelifted UQ version in June 1999, before the US model appeared in January 2000. The all-new UT Explorer lobbed here in November 2001, bringing with it V8 firepower for the first time.
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