I wouldn't be surprised to see that either. However I would have to think that a lot of the cost of the current BOF Explorer could be trimmed off simply based on the fact that the new one won't use the expensive, but very solid, BOF architecture. If they do price it above the Flex, good luck selling them.I think that the next Explorer will be a semi-luxury vehicle, with off road capabilities, in the same leage as the Land Rover LR4. The price will be higher than the Flex. You could see it very soon. Dont be surprised by a 60 K top trim Explorer.
The Explorer wil have many features the Flex dont have: MyFord new connectivity sistem, the new terrain management suspension and traction control, the new inflatable rear seatbelts, more offroad capabilities. Definitly, the Explorer will top the Flex price range.^ & ^^
well the Explorer will have that new Terrain Management on some models which the Flex won't (afaik)...
...I hope that the Explorer will have the HUGEST price-range of Any Ford,
seeing as they want to move up-market while not alienating more traditional customers,
so a base Explorer wouldn't be much-if-any more than a base Edge (just skip a few features)
while the top-of-the-line + every Every option would EQUAL the top Flex + every option
be even a tiny bit More (not counting that the Flex probably won't have MyFordTouch for another year)
the key-phrase for the Explorer better be a true "KING of all trades"