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Exploring a new platform

Automotive News reports on the next generation of the Ford Explorer.

Automotive News
2011 Ford Explorer
The new Ford Explorer will be based on the Taurus platform. KGP Photography

The redesigned 2011 Ford Explorer--snapped after the tarp was blown off--will have a new platform when it is introduced late this year. The next-generation Explorer will share a unibody platform with the 2010 Ford Taurus, meaning front-drive and all-wheel-drive models are planned. Ford canceled its body-on-frame Explorer a few years ago as SUV sales tanked and crossover sales increased. Ford expects to offer a family of six-cylinder and turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

(Source: Automotive News)