2011 Ford Explorer looks promising with 15,000 pre-orders

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The redesign of the new 2011 Ford Explorer really got attention from new buyers, which its pre-orders have almost double the original projected number by Ford. According to The Detroit News, Ford has received more than 15,000 pre-orders for the 2011 Ford Explorer. This is the total number from about 3,000 retail and 7,500 dealer orders, and 4,500 orders from companies.

The new design is a major departure from its previous year model. No longer the 2011 Ford Explorer is considering a big SUV design, instead, it takes on the crossover platform that is not only agile and good looking but also a gas saver as well. The 2011 Ford Explorer shares the same platform with the Taurus sedan, Flex, Lincoln MKS and MKT.

Ford’s manager of utility vehicles, Jason Mase, told The Detroit News that about 55 percent of buyers are opting for the trailer tow package and 64 percent want all-wheel drive.

Here is a recap of the engine configurations that made the 2011 Ford Explorer such an attractive buy. It comes with the Ecoboost I-4 engine producing about 237 horsepower at 5,500 rpm with 250 lb-ft of torque. Peak torque is generated at a low 1,700 rpm across a broadband to 4,000 rpm. The EcoBoost I-4 uses 5W30-GF4 oil to reduce friction with a 10,000-mile oil change interval.

If you preferred the standard version, the 2011 Ford Explorer comes standard with a fuel-efficient 3.5-liter V6 engine with twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT). It delivers an estimated 20 percent in improvement in fuel economy over the previous year model. The 2011 Ford Explorer V6 is also available with the intelligent four-wheel drive (4WD) with terrain management.

The 2011 Ford Explorer will arrive at Ford dealerships in early 2011. In the meantime, there is a pricing configurator that is already online at the Ford’s website.