2002 Ford Explorer Advances to New Level
4 August 20002002 Ford Explorer: A New Level Of Safety, Comfort, Roominess and Versatility
DETROIT - "The Ford Explorer redefined the sport utility segment and pioneered the way for the entire industry when it was introduced in 1990. For more than 10 years running, Explorer has been the best-selling SUV in the world. But we're not resting on our laurels. The all-new Explorer for the 2002-model year continues to innovate -- with technological improvements in safety, roominess, ride and comfort, all intended to lead the industry into the future." Says, Jim O'Connor, Ford Division President, in introducing the new model. The new model features: * All-new vehicle with improved package, ride, comfort, safety and design * 2.5-inch wider stance and 2-inch longer wheelbase than prior model for improved appearance, handling and roominess -- while maintaining the same vehicle length and height * New independent rear suspension, allowing for an additional third-row seat, seven-passenger seating capability, and improved ride and handling * Larger door openings and lower step-in height for better ingress and egress * Optional adjustable pedals, a tilting and telescoping steering wheel and Reverse Sensing System offer better driver comfort and convenience * Improved Control Trac(TM) four-wheel-drive system * Better off-road capability with increased ground clearance and better approach and departure angles * New all-aluminum 4.6-liter SOHC V-8 engine joins the improved 4.0-liter SOHC V-6 * New automatic and manual transmissions * New side-impact curtain air bag system (available from launch), as well as rollover protection sensors (available later in 2001) * New AdvanceTrac(TM) interactive vehicle dynamics system combines the benefits of traction control and electronic stability (yaw) control (available later in 2001) * Ford Personal Safety System, including driver and passenger dual-stage air bags and deployment characteristics (available later in 2001) * Lower front bumper helps ensure better SUV compatibility with other vehicles on the road * Substantially stiffer bodyshell and thousands of noise control measures for better NVH * 15-percent reduction in annual operating costs thanks to easier serviceability and longer intervals between scheduled maintenance The 2002-model Ford Explorer is the next generation of the best-selling sport utility vehicle in the world. The new Explorer is redesigned from the ground up with major improvements in package, suspension, powertrains and safety. With a new independent rear suspension (IRS) system and unique "porthole- inframe" design -- allowing for a lower step-in height and a third-row seat -- Explorer is designed to offer an improved ride and a more comfortable, user- friendly package. The Control Trac(TM) four-wheel-drive system provides exceptional performance on and off the pavement. New AdvanceTrac(TM) interactive vehicle dynamics, available later in 2001, combines sophisticated electronic braking and traction control with electronic stability control, to help the driver maintain confidence and control in many driving situations. A sophisticated new all-aluminum V-8 engine brings 240 horsepower, an increase of 25 horsepower, over the previous V-8. Inside, Explorer's passengers have more room to spread out. The passenger compartment is two inches wider compared with the previous model and, for the first time, has an optional third row of seating -- enough overall room to accommodate seven adults. These benefits were made possible by Explorer's 2.5-inch wider track and efficient packaging of the new independent rear suspension. The second- and third-row seats also fold down to create a flat-surfaced cargo area. Additional storage is located beneath the rear cargo floor.