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View Poll Results: Is the "New Explorer" Worthy of the name?
No. It's too on-road to be called an Explorer. 14 22.22%
Yes. It's still got 4WD. 11 17.46%
Don't care one way or the other. 14 22.22%
WTF was Ford thinking? The designers & marketing people should be publically flogged! 24 38.10%
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Old 07-26-2010, 06:49 AM   #1
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This is the 2011 Explorer. It's lost all illusions of doing anything remotly off-road.

It looks okay, but IMO, it's not worthy of the Explorer name.

Here's an article from Jalopnik.com : http://jalopnik.com/5596161/2011-for...-is-not-an-suv

I'm torn because the Explorer has gotten pudgier over the last redesign and is closer to the Expidition than the Ranger. On the other hand, it's what most people who buy the current Explorer want. Large, space to haull junk kids and AWD.

I dunno: What you you think and will we welcome the owners of the "New Explorer" into our die-hard RBV fold?
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No. They must go start their own forums for that nasty chud looking beast.

It has gotten to far away from its roots to be considered an RBV anymore.
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No. They must go start their own forums for that nasty chud looking beast.

It has gotten to far away from its roots to be considered an RBV anymore.
Agreed. "Whiskey Tango Foxtrot" doesn't begin to cover the ugliness of this thing.
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It's what Ford needs right now to be competitive. What's wrong with that?
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Reminds me of a rang rover or something

And is just me or is missing some side mirrors?
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Why don't you post a pic of the actual Explorer instead of the concept?



I think it's a good looking vehicle. Yeah, off-road caability sucks, but WHO CARES?
These comments on the article sum up my feelings pretty well:
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It doesn't have a V-8, transfer case, and proper off road abilities because NO ONE USES THEM FOR THOSE THINGS. 99.9% of SUVs/CUVs/whatever stay on road; the shopping mall parking lot is the roughest terrain they'll ever encounter.
I'm glad Ford used the Explorer name instead of naming it something else. Remember what happened when they renamed the Taurus the Five Hundred? Nobody knew what the hell a Five Hundred was or that it even existed, hence, nobody bought one. But everyone knows what a Taurus is. And everyone has heard of the Explorer. Kudos to Ford for not making the same mistake twice.
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I stand by my previous statement.
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I think it's a good looking vehicle. Yeah, off-road caability sucks, but WHO CARES?
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I'm glad Ford used the Explorer name instead of naming it something else. Remember what happened when they renamed the Taurus the Five Hundred? Nobody knew what the hell a Five Hundred was or that it even existed, hence, nobody bought one. But everyone knows what a Taurus is. And everyone has heard of the Explorer. Kudos to Ford for not making the same mistake twice.
I'm with exbass on this one...How many 2000+ Explorers have you seen that are suspension lifted, body lifted, or have larger than stock All-terrain or mud tires? Slim to none. Ford's not run by a bunch of idiots.
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If it is not on the Ranger platform, then no - it shouldn't be on this site at all. This is a site for "Ranger Based Vehicles so in the strictest sense, a unibody next-gen explorer isn't supposed to be here. As far as off road capabilities, I'll reserve judgement. The new Grand Cherokees with four wheel independent air suspension are getting nods of approval in car magazines for their capabilities despite being on a Mercedes platform. If a bloated luxobarge can tackle Moab without breaking a sweat with a 3.6 V6 with 290hp and 260lb/ft and still get 22mpg in 4wd guise, then I have faith in the Blue Oval



If Chrysler can pull that off, then let's see what the Explorer can do...
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Grrr... WTF is it with auto MFG's and their vehicles with curvy ass head lights and curvy body lines... I want my square body vehicles!
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