> > Here are some great pictures of the 2001 Ford Urban Explorer
Concept SUV Truck Vehicle
> > LAS VEGAS, Oct. 31, 2000 - The Ford Urban Explorer concept is
designed for customers who want an expressive sport utility vehicle
(SUV) with style and practicality for everyday city driving, but also
want the capability to get to where they're going when the weather or
the terrain gets rough.
> > "Explorer stands for uncomplicated function, durability and
reliability," says J Mays, Ford Motor Company vice president of
Design. "The Urban Explorer concept is a customized version that
gives Explorer a street-smart profile that adds head-turning style to
> > The Urban Explorer concept takes the Ford Outfitter flagship in a
new direction - on the beaten-path - where many Explorer customers
spend most of their time. While many SUV customers buy their vehicles
largely for off-road capability, most are seeking a multi-functional
mode of transportation that meets their passenger, cargo and
load-carrying capability along with the assurance four-wheel-drive
offers in adverse conditions. The Urban Explorer concept recognizes
that those needs don't always mean the vehicle has to look like a
rugged, mud-eating off-roader.
> > Still, the look remains unmistakably Explorer - genuine, simple,
rounded forms and sections, uncluttered body panels and a bold grille
featuring the familiar egg-crate insert of all Ford SUVs.
> > This four-door concept features lowered suspension and all-new
low emphasis side cladding, which serves mainly as a great appearance
enhancer, but gives the functional benefit of providing protection
against stone chips. The deep dish, five-spoke, 20-inch wheels are
housed within wide wheel flares, creating an athletic stance.
> > The Urban Explorer features a new low-profile front fascia with
integrated, uniquely styled driving lamps and functional brake cooling
ducts. The low-profile rear fascia features center-exiting dual
exhausts with bright-polished tail-pipe tips. A roof-spoiler on the
trailing edge of the lift-gate replaces the standard SUV roof-rack and
adds to the sporty appearance.
> > Performance enhancements include cowl induction for improved
airflow and vented brake rotors for improved heat dissipation.
> > Quad-sport bucket seats and a thick-rim sport steering wheel are
among the ergonomic enhancements featured in the Urban Explorer. The
interior design includes a full front-to-rear center console, a unique
sport gauge cluster and new molded interior badging. The high contrast
interior color theme is black and lime green with iridescent piping.
> > The design is performance focused, functional all around and
serves the target consumers' lifestyles - solid, rugged and absolutely
reliable. A person's vehicle is an extension of who he or she is and
how that person lives and plays. The Urban Explorer concept is an
example of the customization possibilities for the Explorer platform.
> > Many of the 2002 Explorer features and improvements are included
in the Urban Explorer concept. The 2002-model Ford Explorer is the
next generation of the best-selling sport utility vehicle in the
world. The new Explorer is redesigned from the ground up - with major
improvements in package, suspension, powertrains and safety. With a
new independent rear suspension (IRS) system and unique
"porthole-in-frame" design - allowing for a lower step-in
height and a third-row seat - Explorer is designed to offer an
improved ride and a more comfortable, user-friendly package. The
Control Trac four-wheel-drive system provides exceptional performance
on and off the pavement. New AdvanceTrac interactive vehicle
dynamics, available later in 2001, combines sophisticated electronic
braking and traction control with electronic stability control, to
help the driver maintain confidence and control in many driving
> > A sophisticated new all-aluminum V-8 engine brings 240
horsepower, an increase of 25 horsepower over the previous V-8.
> > Inside, Explorer's passengers have more room to spread out. The
passenger compartment is two inches wider compared with the previous
model and, for the first time, has an optional third row of seating -
enough overall room to accommodate seven adults.
> > These benefits were made possible by Explorer's 2.5-inch wider
track and efficient packaging of the new independent rear suspension.
The second- and third-row seats also fold down to create a
flat-surfaced cargo area. Additional storage is located beneath the
rear cargo floor.
> > Explorer offers one of the most comprehensive safety and security
packages available. This includes Ford's new industry-leading Safety
Canopy, which includes side-curtain air bags (available at launch) and
rollover protection (available later in 2001).
> > The SUV market has shown the most significant growth of the
decade in the automotive industry. In fact, since 1991, annual sales
of sport utility vehicles in the U.S. have grown from 900,000 to 3.2
million units through the end of calendar year 1999. It is the only
market segment that has experienced double-digit sales growth every
year during this period.
> > The Ford Explorer has led that growth. The Explorer is the
best-selling sport utility vehicle on the market and has been since
its introduction in 1990 as a 1991 model. It also has been among the
top-10 best-selling vehicles - car or truck - since it was introduced.
In 1998 and 1999, the Explorer nameplate enjoyed record sales of more
than 431,000 and 428,000 units respectively.f4b]
Here is the
2nd set of photos of the Ford URBAN Explorer Concept Truck from the
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