FoMoCo already has 15,000 orders for 2011 Explorer

2011 Ford Explorer

FoMoCo officials have said that the company has about 15,000 orders for the new 2011 Ford Explorer, which isn’t scheduled to hit dealerships until early 2011. Preorders include around 3,000 retail, 7,500 dealer and more than 4,500 form companies.

Production of the 2011 Ford Explorer is currently under way at the Chicago Assembly Plant. The production should hit full stride next month.

Crain Patterson, marketing manage for the Explorer, said that if preorders are any indication, production will be hard-pressed to meet demand in the early months.

Guess Americans still love their SUVs.

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Refresher: Power for the 2011 Ford Explorer comes from a 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 engine making 290-hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission or the optional 6-speed SelectShift automatic. Ford will also offer an 2.0L inline 4-cylinder turbocharged and intercooled EcoBoost engine making 237-hp and 250 lb-ft of torque. Also mated to a 6-speed automatic, the EcoBoost Explorer is expected to deliver a 30 percent increase in fuel-economy. The 2011 Explorer will hit dealerships with three trim levels including base, XLT and Limited. Prices start at $28,190.

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– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News