Will There Be a 2014 Ford Explorer Hybrid?

2013 Ford Explorer

There has been a lot of buzz that a 2014 Ford Explorer Hybrid might be coming to dealerships. As of right now, there’s been no official word on whether it will be coming to our Ford dealer near Bradley this year, but it’s a possibility. The Ford Explorer has been quite adept at change in the past, moving from a mid-size SUV to a larger crossover to reflect changing consumer desires. Here is a little of what you might expect with a hybrid Explorer.

 

Improved Fuel Economy

Right now the most fuel-efficient engine option for the Explorer is a 2.0L turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder which is capable of getting a best-in-class 20 mpg city and 28 mpg highway. While this is already quite amazing for a vehicle of its size, a hybrid powertrain would likely be most effective in terms of improving city mileage. A large car like the Explorer is most ineffective in stop-and-start city driving where a lot of fuel is lost. It might even be possible to raise the city mpg to about the same as the Explorer’s highway mpg.

Hybrid Modifications

While we don’t know what the Ford Explorer might have in terms of features, there are a few things that would help to make the vehicle more fuel efficient:

  • Automatic Stop-Start: This feature would stop the engine when not in motion to preserve gas. When ready to go, the electric motor would simply powering up.
  • Regenerative Braking: Rather than all that potential energy being wasted when braking, regenerative braking transforms and stores that energy for later use.
  • Improved Aerodynamics: Making the Ford Explorer more aerodynamic would help to extend electric battery life and make the vehicle more fuel-efficient. On the recent Ford Atlas Concept, they also showed technology that can change the aerodynamics of the car while driving.

Learn More at Terry’s Ford

Who knows if the Explorer Hybrid is coming, but in the meantime you can come to Terry’s Ford to learn more about future Ford vehicles. You’re also welcome to test drive the current 2013 Ford Explorer or one of our hybrids like the Ford C-Max. We’re located at 363 South Harlem Avenue in Peotone, across from Dollar General, which is about a 25-minute trip from Bradley via IL-50 North.