The best look yet at the redesigned 2020 Ford Explorer crossover, one of the top-selling U.S. light trucks, emerged Wednesday when a photographer captured images of the next Ford Explorer Police Interceptor Hybrid nearly undisguised on the streets of Dearborn, Mich., home to the company's chief engineering center.
Ford released a teaser image and details of the 2020 Police Interceptor in June with lights glaring in the dark, but little detail could be made of the image.
The redesigned 2020 Explorer will share the same rear-wheel-drive platform, with optional all-wheel drive, as the all-new 2019 Lincoln Aviator. The Aviator was introduced at the New York auto show in April but Ford hasn't indicated when the next-generation Explorer will be unveiled.
Ford declined to comment on the latest Explorer Police Interceptor Hybrid photos but said late Wednesday it will "have more to say on the all-new Explorer for retail customers later."
U.S. sales of the Explorer have dropped 3.6 percent this year to 151,488 but it remains the top-selling large crossover, though the segment has grown 12 percent behind higher demand for the redesigned Chevrolet Traverse and Buick Enclave, the Toyota Highlander and Mazda CX-9, and the all-new Volkswagen Atlas and Subaru Ascent.