Ford prices new electric Explorer SUV from £39,875


Ford has opened orders for its new Explorer electric SUV with prices starting from £39,875.

The new model helps to expand Ford’s EV line-up in addition to the Mustang Mach-E.

The Explorer  has been developed as part of its partnership with VW Group, and uses the same underpinnings as the VW ID 4.

The Explorer will offer three powertrain options, closely mirroring those offered in the ID 4.

From launch, the Explorer is offered with an 82kWh (77kWh useable) battery with a range of 374 miles and a power output of 286PS. This version – known as Extended Range RWD – is priced from £45,875.

A twin motor setup is available with an even larger 79kWh (useable) battery. It produces 340PS and has a range of 329 miles. Prices start at £53,975.

The line-up will start with a single motor rear-wheel-drive model with a 55kWh (52kWh useable) battery, known as Standard Range. Ordering for this model, priced at £39,875, will open later in the year.

The 77kWh battery can charge at 135kW, while the larger supports 185kW charging. In both cases a 10%-80% charge can be achieved in less than 30 minutes.

Ford has given the Explorer its own body and interior, setting it apart visually from the VW. 

The Explorer is shorter and lower than its counterpart, with a slightly smaller 445 litre boot.

On the inside, a large portrait infotainment screen runs Ford’s SYNCMove software and Ford promises high-quality materials. The digital instrument display and gear selector appear to carry-over from the VW.

Ford is offering the car in two trim levels: Select and Premium. The standard specification includes 19-inch alloy wheels, heated front seats and steering wheel, electrically adjustable driver’s seat with massage function, adaptive cruise control, front and rear parking sensors, reversing camera, LED headlamps and a wireless phone charging pad.

The Premium grade adds 20-inch wheels, a panoramic sunroof, power operated tailgate, 10-speaker B&O audio system and ambient interior lighting.

A heat pump is a £1,050 option across the line-up.

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