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Ford Explorer packs PHEV power in Europe

It has more than 600 pound-feet of torque, which is always nice to see.

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Ford on Tuesday unveiled the Explorer Plug-In Hybrid.     

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Built for the European market (at least for now), the Explorer PHEV offers short bursts of electric-only driving, thanks to a battery much larger than the one in the standard Explorer Hybrid. 

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Under the body lies a 3.0-liter turbocharged V6 mated to an electric motor and a 13.1kWh lithium-ion battery.     

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The result is a net output of 450 horsepower and about 620 pound-feet of torque.     

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Both all-wheel drive and a 10-speed automatic transmission are standard.    

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All that goodness combines for an electric-only driving range of about 25 miles and a towing capacity of 2,500 kilograms (about 5,500 pounds).     

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There are multiple hybrid modes that can either generate battery charge, maintain it or use it as the driver sees fit.    

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Higher trims can get decked out with a 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system and a 12.3-inch gauge cluster display.     

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On the safety front, standard equipment includes autobrake, adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go functionality, speed sign recognition and lane-keeping assist.     

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Check enough options boxes and the car will also be capable of sliding into parallel and perpendicular parking spaces without help.    

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The Ford Explorer PHEV goes on sale in Europe later this year.     

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If you're waiting for Ford to announce the US version, don't hold your breath, because the company has no plans to bring it here.

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