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Ford Provides Video Details Of New Explorer Off-Road and Safety Features

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On: Wed, Jul 28, 2010 at 5:05PM | By: Chris Weiss

Ford Provides Video Details Of New Explorer Off-Road and Safety Features

A day after its big, hyped-up Facebook reveal, the 2011 Ford Explorer has shown up in a series of videos. Ford uses the short clips to provide some hands-on footage of new features of the Explorer, such as the 4WD system's terrain management and Trailer Sway Control. Ford's photo and video team must have made a killing off of the new crossover.

The 2011 Explorer has been a big story this spring and summer, and continues capturing headlines. Ford introduced the newly ordained crossover on Monday, and followed up with a few videos that provide a closer look at the Explorer in action. More specifically,  the videos help to show consumers exactly what the Explorer's new technological features can do on road and off.

One of the departures that the Explorer has made in moving toward a lighter, more road-focused model, is the move from a transfer case to an Intelligent 4WD System with terrain management. Rather than traditional SUV options like four-low and four-high, the system provides intuitive controls that adapt to four types of terrain: mud, snow, sand, and normal. These modes are available at the twist of a dial. There is also a Hill Assist feature, which can be used to add engine braking for steep descents. The first video clip shows exactly how this feature will work.

Detailed in the second video, the Blind Spot Information System uses radar and rear-view-mirror indicators to help you safely switch lanes. Instead of the obligatory head-jerking blind spot check, assessing your blind spot is as simple as looking for the light in the rear-view mirror. This system is available as an option.

Trailer sway control automatically adjusts functions like braking and engine power to self-correct dangerous trailer sway.

In addition to these newly detailed features, the Ford Explorer is stocked with a variety of other helpful driving and safety features. Standard features include a Tire Pressure Management System, inflatable rear seat belts, and Curve Control functionality, which provides wheel-optimized braking for stabilizing and controlling the Explorer through curves.

Part of Ford's new strategy is moving away from the more rugged, off-road-ready models of past years and toward a more middle-of-the-road crossover. The 2011 Explorer is the first Explorer to be based on a car rather than truck platform. Ford also eliminated the V8 option of old Explorers, choosing to focus on more eco-friendly six- and four-cylinders. As a result, towing capacity maxes out at 5,000 pounds.

The 2011 Explorer will hit Ford dealers this winter in standard, XLT and Limited trims.

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