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2019 Ford Explorer spied



It may look like the current version beneath the disguise, but it hides the new D6 platform.

These are the first images of an early mule of the 2019 Ford Explorer, spotted tested on the public road in Fordís hometown of Dearborn, Michigan.

Beneath the heavy disguise, the mule appears to be wearing the current, fifth-generation body. But that body is sat atop Fordís new D6 platform, which will eventually be pressed into service on a number of Ford and Lincoln models. The current car's D4 platform is also used by the Ford Flex and Lincoln MKT.

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I find it interesting that the next gen Explorer will have the same wheelbase as the current model. But it does look like the side indentation is much lower on the mule than on the current Explorer.

It may be that Ford is using the center section of the new model, with the current gen front and back end tacked on.... Similar to the mules we see of the next gen Expedition.

I just hope the next gen Explorer has a shorter dash to windshield area.
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I know it's meaningless in current mule form, but I really like how the body sits down on the wheels vs. the current Explorer. Also, with D6 being FWD/RWD capable I'm guessing the Explorer will remain FWD while the Aviator will push power aft, hopefully.

Nice find Jose!
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YAY (c)D6 news!!
Jose!

I've been wondering if the recent product-line re-evaluation might have trimmed one of the variants (Fwd, Awd, Rwd) from the architecture(/philosoform)...

...now I'm wondering what DID happen with that Review ... mainly the smaller "A.M.P" vehicles?
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I find it interesting that the next gen Explorer will have the same wheelbase as the current model...

...It may be that Ford is using the center section of the new model, with the current gen front and back end tacked on.... Similar to the mules we see of the next gen Expedition...
*IF* the (c)D6 'philosoform' is still as flexible as originally speculated;
(or as you say, Bloggin ) the mid-section might not be from the current vehicle(s),
the wheelbase(s) might still (be) change(d) or be multiple??

rough comparo
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I know it's meaningless in current mule form, but I really like how the body sits down on the wheels vs. the current Explorer. Also, with D6 being FWD/RWD capable I'm guessing the Explorer will remain FWD while the Aviator will push power aft, hopefully.

Nice find Jose!
That would allow Lincoln to have their own architecture by it being RWD or AWD, with Explorer offering FWD/AWD. However, the new Audi Q7 has 40/60 AWD standard. With this being a SUV, maybe Lincoln will go the same route. While at the same time the Q7 'wagon' is more like a competitor for a MKT.
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^^ Bloggin, what year is that Explorer pic?

I was trying to verify wheel size & think I found those wheels in the 2011 OG, on right (I don't have all years on my current HD) but-yet-tho
to me the tester's wheels look like the current Edge's (on the left) = suspicious
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^...I think it was a 2016. Couldn't find a 2017 the right size for the comparison.
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No, this is not a D6. Just the dash to axle ratio can probe it. Even the front wheel drive D6 will have a greater radio than D 4 and CD 4.
This is CD 4.2 which is a Chinese Taurus / Continental's architecture derivative which will be the base for the Explorer and the Aviator until D 6.2 is ready and this is not going to happen until 2023 at least for SUV.
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I know it's meaningless in current mule form, but I really like how the body sits down on the wheels vs. the current Explorer. Also, with D6 being FWD/RWD capable I'm guessing the Explorer will remain FWD while the Aviator will push power aft, hopefully.

Nice find Jose!
Exactly what I thought when I saw it

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No, this is not a D6. Just the dash to axle ratio can proof it. Even the front wheel drive D6 will have a greater radio than D 4 and CD 4.
This is CD 4.2 which is a Chinese Taurus / Continental's architecture derivative which will be the base for the Explorer and the Aviator until D 6.2 is ready and this is not going to happen until 2023 at least for SUV.
Do we know this for sure?
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