Ford Previews the 2020 Explorer on January 9, 2018

Fords new 2020 Explorer is a total redesign, with a big emphasis on tech for the interior.

Ford previewed the new 2020 Explorer prior to the Detroit Auto Show scheduled for next week.

Ford redesigned almost everything about its number one selling SUV. The model redesign focused on the needs of the consumer. Ford wanted a vehicle that performed in ways that matched the lifestyles of buyers.

2020 Ford Explorer Preview

The new 2020 Explorer comes in 4 available models, with 2 other models in the works—one will be a hybrid.

Tech dominates the day with parking assist, many automated driving features on premium models and an interior designed to be an extension of our connected lifestyles.

"It's not about filling the vehicle with technology for technology's sake," said Chris Billman, Ford Co-Pilot360 engineering manager. "It's about improving the experience, making driving less stressful, and helping the driver to feel more confident behind the wheel."

From an Infotainment perspective, Ford decided to go big.

First things first, the new Explorer comes standard with an 8-inch touchscreen—a 10.1-inch screen comes with the Platinum model. Not quite the 12-inch touchscreen display we saw in the new Ram, but still impressive.

The Tesla-style capacitive touch screen makes navigation maps easier to read than ever. Split-screen views let you see map and audio information simultaneously.

Things get even better and more convenient.

Every model comes standard with FordPass Connect. A standard feature on every Ford Explorer, FordPass Connect™ gives up to 10 mobile devices internet access with a 4G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot. FordPass Connect also gives Explorer owners remote access and the ability to use a smartphone to lock, unlock, locate and start the vehicle.

Ford realizes the importance of integrating our important devices with driving. Passengers in all 3 rows can keep their mobile devices charged with access to available smart-charging USB ports. A 110-volt power outlet is also available on the rear of the center console and in the cargo area for additional charging options.

A wireless charging pad is available that allows customers to recharge compatible mobile devices.

The latest SYNC 3 update is standard equipment and is compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™. It gives drivers quick and easy access to some of their favorite smartphone music streaming apps. SYNC 3 also enables hands-free commands such as navigation, climate control and call placing to make driving less stressful.

You can get a full preview of the new 2020 Ford Explorer by clicking here.