Ford Explorer Through History

1994 Ford Explorer 

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First Generation -- 1991 to 1994

1991 Ford ExplorerThe Ford Explorer debuted in 1990 as an SUV version of the popular Ranger pickup, replacing the popular Ford Bronco. It came with a 4.0L V6 engine that produced 155 hp with either a rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive system that could be engaged with the push of a button, and was available in either a 3-door or 5-door body. Equipment included automatic headlights and fog lamps, an automatic transmission, and a limited slip differential for navigating difficult terrain. The three-speed transmission was unfortunately not well suited for towing, and the modified engines that many drivers put in often caused the transmission to fail. If you purchase a first generation Explorer, an aftermarket transmission with improved fluid cooling may help.

The 1992 Explorer was newly available with a sunroof, which was a separate option rather than part of a package.

The 1993 model year included a redesigned instrument panel and new wheels, as well as antilock brakes on both the two-wheel and four-wheel drive modes.

The 1994 model added new wheels, as well as a new power equipment set for the premium Eddie Bauer model.

 

Second Generation -- 1995 to 2001

1997 Ford ExplorerThe second generation of the Explorer was updated with an independent front suspension for a smoother drive even over rough terrain. It also included an automatic ControlTrac four-wheel drive system with a dual range transfer case that automatically sent power to the front wheels if it sensed rear-wheel slippage, which could be locked in for off-roading. It was also the first vehicle in commercial production to employ a neon center high-mount stop lamp for better visibility and safety, as well as dual front airbags. The exterior was redesigned with a new, sleek chassis with redone side moldings and grille.

The 1996 edition of the Explorer added a 5.0L V8 engine, which produced up to 210 hp. It also added an integrated child safety seat, as well as switching around the trim levels with Limited and Premium trims rather than the previous Expedition trim, as the Expedition name was being used for a new Ford SUV.

The 1997 version added a new SOHC V6 engine, which produced up to 205 hp and came with the first five-speed automatic transmission on any American vehicle.

The 1998 model only got a revised tailgate, while the 1999 model got exterior revisions like new rocker panel and wheel moldings with new colors. Options included a reverse sensing system and a rear load leveling system, along with side-impact airbags.

The 2000 model came with a two-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with climate, cruise, and audio controls, as well as a standard trailer-towing package on the 5.0L engine.

Finally, the 2001 edition removed the 4.0L V6 engine and the manual transmission.

 

Third Generation -- 2002 to 2005

2005 Ford ExplorerThe third generation of the Explorer was redesigned entirely to resemble the larger Ford Expedition, with an even more rounded and contemporary appearance. The previous V8 engine was replaced by a 4.6L SOHC V8 engine that produced 205 hp, while Ford's AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control system became standard. A fully independent rear suspension added more comfort and better road handling to prevent rollovers. The standard Explorer added a third-row to seat up to seven passengers, with a smaller Explorer Sport edition that sat five passengers. However, the Sport was discontinued after 2003.

The 2002 Ford Explorer had a wider stance and longer wheelbase than the previous year, with larger door openings and a lower step-in height.

The 2003 model added an NBX or No Boundaries Experience trim, with a special exterior trim and all-terrain tires. All-wheel drive was a new feature, along with a tire-pressure monitoring system and an off-road package that added underbody skid plates and front tow hooks.

The 2004 model included features like AdvanceTrac and a quad bucket seating option on more trim levels, as well as a standard tire pressure monitoring system.

Finally, the 2005 model included roll stability control for better rollover protection.

 

Fourth Generation -- 2006 to 2010

2006 Ford ExplorerThe fourth generation of the Explorer was updated with a new frame that was upsized for a new market and a stronger chassis with power-folding third-row seats. A powerful 4.6L V6 engine was added, which produced 292 hp.

In 2010, Ford's MyKey was placed on all Explorer trim levels.

 

Fifth Generation -- 2011 to 2015

2013 Ford Explorer SportThe fifth generation Explorer was made with a unibody D4 platform, with sculpted body work that was similar to the Ford Flex. It included features like a 4-cylinder EcoBoost engine, intelligent access with push button start and remote engine start, a power liftgate, heated and front cooled seats, and standard Ford connectivity and safety features.

 

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