in the field, i.e. on the paved path.
Despite the name, it's not really an SUV (Photo: Ford)
Ford Explorer: this is how Ford chose to call the first of two electric models it will produce for the European market based on the Volkswagen platform.
This follows the agreement signed by the two companies in 2019, according to which Volkswagen has already launched the Hamrock van, which Ford manufactures for it in South Africa based on its Ranger van.
The electric Explorer will be produced by Ford itself at its factory in Cologne, Germany, but it is based on the platform already used by the compact Volkswagen ID.3 and the crossover ID.4.
The European Explorer will be larger than the compact and smaller than the Volkswagen crossover.
Tough, but not like the American Explorer (photo: Ford)
Ford has not yet officially published the battery and range data, but according to publications in Europe it will be used with the same batteries of Volkswagen models, with 52 and 77 kWh, which give the ID.4 a range between 346 and 522 km.
Fast charging from 20 to 80 percent will be possible in 25 minutes, Ford boasts, but does not specify which battery they refer to and what the maximum charging rate will be.
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15 inch screen (photo: Ford)
The Explorer will also have front- and dual-wheel drive versions, and at the top of the range it will include a sporty version based on the ID.4 GTX, with about 300 hp and 0-100 km/h in 6.2 seconds.
Unlike the American Explorer that comes with seven seats, the European will be equipped with five, like the Volkswagen models.
The 15-inch multimedia screen will be removable, and Ford also boasts a 17-liter storage compartment in front, enough for a laptop.
Medalek Motors, importers of Ford, stated that the electric Explorer will arrive in Israel in the third quarter of 2024.
Source: Volkswagen ID.4 (photo: manufacturer's website)