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Fifth generation (2011-)
Fifth generation Production 2010-
Body style(s) 5-door SUV

Platform D4
Engine(s) 3.5 V6
3.5 EcoBoost V6
Transmission(s) 6-speed automatic
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Fifth generation Ford Explorer America concept from the 2008 New York Auto ShowFord has revealed in media press releases, along with a gallery of photographs,[6][7] a new Explorer America concept vehicle, scheduled for public unveiling at the 2008 North American International Auto Show.[8]

The Explorer America concept is built on a unibody platform to reduce weight and improve driveability, migrating from the body-on-frame platform of the current Explorer. It is designed for up to six passengers, and can tow 3,500 pounds (1,588 kg), while improving fuel economy by 20 to 30 percent relative to the current V6 Explorer. The powertrain packages in the concept vehicle include a two-liter four cylinder turbocharged direct injection EcoBoost gas engine with 275 horsepower (205 kW) and 280 ft·lbf (380 N·m) of torque, and a 3.5 liter V6 version EcoBoost with 340 horsepower (250 kW) and up to 340 ft·lbf (460 N·m) of torque.[9]

On March 31, 2009, Ford confirmed that the Explorer will make the switch to a car based platform starting in 2011[10] Spy shots have indicated the prototypes appear to be based on the Ford Taurus X[11][12][13] In May 2009 Car & Driver announced that the fifth generation Explorer is scheduled to hit dealerships by the end of 2010[14] The 2011 Explorer is referred to as the U502 program internally at Ford.

The Fifth-generation Ford Explorer will be the first-ever vehicle to be equipped with inflatable seat belts in the rear seats. Air bags are sewn into the inside of the seat belts, and inflate with cold air to prevent burns. Ford claims it will be released as an option and to introduce inflatable seat belts on other Ford models eventually. [15]

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