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I don't get the negativity this is getting, I really like it. And you can't say it looks like a Land Rover knock-off anymore. I suspect it's not going to be as popular as the current Explorer because it's RWD and more wagon-like with it's longer and lower profile, but it's pretty sharp and far cooler than it's main rivals (save the Durango). Aviator is more refined but not as dramatic. Compared to Aviator it does have some more visual interest with the rising beltline and stronger character line stretching from the front with a thinner greenhouse. The design on Aviator is more linear, less athletic.

I will hand it to the Ford designers, they took an outstanding design and evolved it further with far more dramatic proportions. I'm still glad this platform managed to survive, I'm shocked we finally have a product from it.
 

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I don't get the negativity this is getting, I really like it. And you can't say it looks like a Land Rover knock-off anymore. It's probably not going to be as popular as the current Explorer because it's RWD and more wagon-like with it's longer and lower profile, but it's pretty sharp.
True. But for nearly the same money, would you buy a Full Loaded 2020 Explorer or Base 2020 Aviator? Personally, my money is on the Aviator.
 

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I'm not a fan of the grille sliding under the headlights like it does.

Looks like they set it up for an optional contrasting roof with that cut line over the C pillar.

I worry it looks too similar to the outgoing model - does it look too much like a refresh? I'll reserve final judgment until seeing it fully revealed, though.
 
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S e n s a t i o n a l!

Still an Explorer, but completely new. It doesn’t look like a refresh... the proportions are different (is a RWD big SUV!), the sides are more sculpted, the front more aggressive and the belt line with upright direction is very modern. The taillights are too much similar to the old model.. but that is all.

I love it .
 

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I don't get the negativity this is getting, I really like it. And you can't say it looks like a Land Rover knock-off anymore. I suspect it's not going to be as popular as the current Explorer because it's RWD and more wagon-like with it's longer and lower profile, but it's pretty sharp and far cooler than it's main rivals (save the Durango). Aviator is more refined but not as dramatic. Compared to Aviator it does have some more visual interest with the rising beltline and stronger character line stretching from the front with a thinner greenhouse. The design on Aviator is more linear, less athletic.

I will hand it to the Ford designers, they took an outstanding design and evolved it further with far more dramatic proportions. I'm still glad this platform managed to survive, I'm shocked we finally have a product from it.
Well said,
sometimes we have to filter out the negativity of the critics who don't get certain things.
Ford knows what its explorer buyers want and is going after them big time but equally,
Explorer and Aviator will be different enough to attract different buyers, reversing the
previous attitude of Explorer Platinum covering everything save for unspoken MKT...
 

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I’m liking where it’s going; though I think the camo is still doing a pretty good job of hiding character lines. I like that this looks pretty low-slung. Still think the Aviator is going to be much sharper, though.
 

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Wow, Ford finally getting some decent looking products out there,
that should give us a lot of hope for some near future products...
 

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When I first saw the Explorer a few months back I thought the fascia looked like a cross between the new Edge and the old Edge, but there are other versions of this fascia which are better looking. I actually haven't seen this grille version until now and it's a little...off.
 

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In general the 2020 Explorer body styling looks great, it retains the styling elements I like from the current model but combined with better proportions thanks to its RWD-AWD architecture.


I'm not a big fan of the grille shape but I can live with it, hopefully the civilian grille patterns make it look better.


Overall I like the look of the new Explorer.
 

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Definitely has a sportier stance.
My first thought. The thicker cladding over the wheel arches makes it appear to have a lower belt line, and the C-Pillars extra rake as well as the character lines on the side angled upwards as they lead back have done wonders to an already handsome design.

Also not a fan of the grille's line joining the bottom of the headlight. In isolation it's ok but the overall view of the grille then looks weird.



Will this be made in RHD?
 

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It still looks like the current one except for the front grill. They need a different style tail lights and why not move the rear wiper to under the spoiler to hide its exposure.
 

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Have to remember this is police spec; I’d assume it will have a grille more similar to the Expedition’s and blend into the headlights better—this grille looks a little unfinished.
 
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