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2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid: Electrified for long hauls

The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid offers impressive driving range, a spacious cabin and tons of tech.

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For the first time, Ford is offering a hybrid drivetrain in its Explorer SUV. 

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The first Explorer Hybrid is just one part of the new sixth-generation model that will also include a performance-focused ST model.   

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The new hybrid drivetrain combines a naturally aspirated 3.3-liter V6, a 10-speed automatic transmission and a 35-kilowatt electric motor with a 1.5-kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery pack.

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Total output of the Explorer Hybrid's drivetrain punches in at 318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. 

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Rear-wheel drive will be standard on the 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid with all-wheel-drive being available for an additional $2,195.

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According to EPA estimates, the Explorer Hybrid with rear-wheel drive will return miles per gallon in the city and 29 mpg on the highway.

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With an 18-gallon gas tank, the Explorer Hybrid features an EPA-estimated driving range of more than 500 miles.

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Tow capacity for the Explorer Hybrid checks in at a healthy 5,000 pounds to better the 2019 Toyota Highlander Hybrid by 1,500. 

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Ford will only be offering the hybrid drivetrain on Limited versions of the Explorer. 

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The 2020 Ford Explorer Hybrid begins at $52,280, not including $1,195 for destination.  

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