2019 Detroit Auto Show: New Trucks and SUVs

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Ford Explorer Hybrid
Along with the completely-new Explorer introduced in Detroit, Ford also adds a hybrid version of this popular SUV to the model lineup. The Blue Oval has never offered a hybrid Explorer before, and the new variant promises to combine the SUV’s impressive capability with the efficiency of a gas-electric powertrain. Engineers built the specially-designed liquid-cooled lithium-ion battery pack directly into the chassis below the second-row seats, so passenger and cargo space are not compromised. “Reduced cargo space in hybrids is a thing of the past for Ford customers,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. The Ford Explorer Hybrid will only be available in the Limited trim, which means hybrid buyers will drive a well-equipped SUV.

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