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Old 02-07-2009, 15:58   #1 (permalink)
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Why is the Explorer going car-based?

It looks like ass and I just don't know how it'll have any off-road capability. What was Ford thinking? It looks like the mutant baby of the Flex and the Taurus X. What the heck??
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Old 02-07-2009, 19:13   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Why is the Explorer going car-based?

Same goes with GM's new Lambda SUV platform (ie Traverse, Acadi, etc.). There's a bit more to it than just going car biased with vehicles that were previously body on frame vehicles (essentially a truck!). Cost is the major concern, it's easier to steal parts from cars already on the market and just change a few bits and pieces so they can name it something else.

Really, it is a shame, but its CAFE regulations and consumers that control the market. With the way fuel prices are fluctuating over the last couple years it's no wonder why they're going with car-based SUV's and eventually, half ton trucks.

For those who want off-road capability, Jeep will soon be the only one left that will offer a real off-road vehicle. The current Explorer isn't very off-road friendly as it is. It's another reason I'm still holding onto my first generation Dodge Durango. You can't get a body on frame mid size any more with half decent off-road credentials while being able to offer a large V8 (5.9L), tow 7300lbs and carry 7ppl or 88cu ft of cargo nearly anywhere. It's a dying breed.

GM also expects that 70% of it's new Lambda SUVs will be front wheel drive.
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Re: Why is the Explorer going car-based?

That's a real shame. Seriously, a country this big with so many camping places and so much to do off road and all people can think about is getting to soccer practice and then to Wal Mart? It'll be a sad day when that ugly 2010 Explorer hits showrooms. Looks like Inspector Gadget's car :(
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