A new all-electric Ford Explorer will go on sale in the summer of 2024. The vehicle is one of a number of Ford models that share technology with the Volkswagen Group; under the skin it’s closely related to the ID.3 and ID.4 electric vehicles.
Full technical details have not yet been released, but based on the VWs’ data, a kerbweight of around two tonnes or more seems certain. It remains to be seen how it will compare to the best tow cars, as well as whether the Ford will be approved to tow more than the Volkswagens, which have maximum towing figures of 1000kg to 1200kg. That’s far less than the likes of the Kia EV6, which is approved to tow up to 1600kg.
You can expect to see a choice of rear-wheel-drive and four-wheel-drive versions (see our guide to the best 4x4s for towing to see our top suggestions), with power outputs ranging from 170hp to 340hp. Ford says that it is targeting a range of more than 300 miles for models with the largest available battery.
Boot space will be 450 litres with the rear seats upright, and 1400 litres with them lowered. The cabin will have space for five people, with a huge 14.6-inch movable touchscreen. Ford says the packaging benefits of the electric drivetrain will make for a very roomy cabin for a vehicle that is under 4.5m long.
You can also see how I got on when I reviewed another car from the manufacturer recently, as I tested the Ford Puma for a week.
- Price: From £40,000*
- Kerbweight: From 2000kg*
- 85% match: TBC
- Max towing weight: From 1000kg*
I’ve also taken a first look at the BMW i5 eDrive 40, which has a rapid 0-62mph time of six seconds.
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