Archived from on September 30, 2010. Except as expressly authorized by automobile-catalog. For 1998, the Explorer Sport became the sole version of the three-door; following the introduction of the third-generation Explorer, the Explorer Sport became a distinct model through the 2003 model year. Archived from on September 30, 2010. For 2008, Ford added side curtain airbags across the Explorer range. For the 2010 model year, Ford's became standard on all Explorers equipped with the Sync system, while V8s were restricted to 4-wheel-drive models. Archived from on September 30, 2010.
For 1997, a third-row seat was introduced as an option; expanding seating to seven passengers, the design was only offered in export markets. Also, a and became standard equipment. The five-speed automatic transmission was advanced. While sharing a number of design elements with the 1997 F-Series and Ford Expedition, the Ford Explorer also served as the introduction of a new design theme for several Ford vehicles; the 2003 Ford Expedition, the Ford Freestar, Ford Freestyle, and Ford Five Hundred would share various elements of the 2002 Ford Explorer design. The rear liftgate was redesigned, with the upper hatch enlarged.
Alongside the redesigned exterior, the interior of the second-generation Ford Explorer was given a redesign. Archived from on February 8, 2011. A 1995 redesign with a new suspension slightly raised the Explorer's center of gravity, but it was called inconsequential by a Ford spokesman. The Navajo lacked chrome trim, and was given separate designs for wheels, instrument panel lettering, and the steering wheel. It is designed for up to six passengers while improving fuel economy by 20 to 30 percent relative to the current V6 Explorer. The Explorer is available with an automatic intelligent system inspired by , featuring a variable center with computer controlled lock.
That is 1,500 lb 680 kg greater than the towing capacity stated for the Explorer America concept and 2,115 lb 959 kg less than the outgoing Explorer's towing capacity, although that was only available with the 4. A five-speed manual transmission was offered for 2002 before its discontinuation; as of 2018, it is the final year a Ford Explorer was available with a manual transmission. It went on sale in December 2010, after pre-launch sales had by the end of November 2010 totaled around 15,000. Archived from on January 17, 2010. Explorer's overall off-road is 15.
The Explorer was cleared by the as no more dangerous than any other truck when driven unsafely. Archived from on December 8, 2012. The grille features Ford's corporate three-bar design with upper and lower perforated mesh work, similar to that of the. Archived from on January 6, 2016. Archived from on September 30, 2010. The is a mid-size derived from the four-door Explorer; two generations were produced from 1999 to 2010.
For 2000, Ford added flex-fuel capability to the Explorer for the first time. Ford argued that Firestone was at fault, noting that the tires made by Firestone were very defective. Archived from on September 30, 2010. Conventional front and rear are used with 3. Offered exclusively in an all-wheel drive configuration, the Utility is offered with a twin-turbocharged 3.
Archived from on September 30, 2010. The cargo floor was lowered several inches, adding nearly 10 cubic feet of total cargo room. With the addition of independent rear suspension, several functional changes were brought as part of the redesign. The interior was given redesigned front and rear seats, along with second-generation airbags; side airbags were introduced as an option. It also mates with a 10-speed automatic and sees an increase in towing capacity, to 5,600 lb 2,540 kg. Many vehicle injury attorneys dissent from this view. Archived from on June 13, 2002.
From 1990 to 1994, Mazda marketed the two-door Ford Explorer as the Mazda Navajo; the model was awarded the 1991 award. Archived from on May 11, 2009. During its production, numerous variants of the Explorer have been marketed, with Lincoln-Mercury selling the four-door Explorer as the 1996—2010 and the 2002—2005; 2019— ; Mazda sold the Explorer Sport as the Mazda Navajo 1990—1994. Terrain Management includes four selectable modes. While the third-generation Ford Explorer was in development during the late 1990s a controversy involving the developed, thus the increased stability of the configuration was designed in part to reduce rollover risk. Offered solely in a three-door configuration, the Navajo differed from the Explorer primarily the design of its front fascia and exterior trim. As of 2014, the Explorer is available in Ukraine and Belarus.