The information about the Hybrid builds on what was formally released last week-that the 2020 Explorer lineup returns to a platform that accommodates either rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, like the Explorer models that built that nameplate in the '90s and '00s.
Developed in conjunction with the Ford Performance division, the ST starts with a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 borrowed from the maker's luxury division, Lincoln. The 400-hp 3.0-liter EcoBoost V-6 also spins up 415 lb-ft of torque; a 365-horse version of the same engine is available in the range-topping Explorer Platinum.
Ford is also calling the Explorer ST the "most fun-to-drive" Explorer ever, and says that flat out, it can do 143 miles per hour (230 km/h), aided by its quick-shifting 10-speed automatic transmission and standard four-wheel drive system with selectable traction control.
To get the most out of the hot rod Explorer, a Sport mode can be engaged for more aggressive throttle mapping, an altered gearbox shift schedule that will hold onto gears longer, a weightier steering feel and louder engine note.
The all-new Explorer ST and the all-new Explorer hybrid complete a lineup that includes a wide range of driver and passenger comforts, an assortment of technologies that improve every drive, and new powertrain options that deliver a range of power and uncompromising efficiency.
In its Police Interceptor Utility Hybrid form, which will be different in weight and perhaps output versus consumer versions, the 2020 Hybrid turned 0-60 mph times of 7.3 seconds and 0-100 mph times of 17.7 seconds, with a top speed of 137 mph, as tested by the Michigan State Police. Even taking into account the 2020 Explorer's extra mass and frontal area, we expect it to post a sub-six-second time easily. Available upgrades include an ST Street Pack and an ST Track Pack. As standard, the Explorer ST rides on 20-inch aluminum wheels. A flat-bottomed heated steering wheel embossed with an ST logo, as well as unique floor mats, are subtle ST-exclusive cues.
The Explorer ST also comes equipped with a standard Class III hitch to ensure that you and your bass boat can get to the lake in record time.
That's right, there's now a Ford Explorer with the word Track in its name. A 10-speed automatic backs the V6 and sends power to all four wheels.