Earlier this week, some visitors roaming around fordvehicles.com came across a bullet point titled ‘Ford Explorer SHO.’ The model was listed under Ford’s EcoBoost/Availability section of the site leading many to believe that a high-performance Explorer was in the works.
Of course the enthusiast in us quickly got excited and started dreaming of a face-off between the upcoming Jeep Grand Cherokee SRT8 and the Ford Explorer SHO. Sadly enough, the words ‘Ford Explorer SHO’ were just a typo and has been removed.
“I’ve never heard of it, either it’s a major massive typo or someone’s let the cat out of the bag years in advance,” said Richard Truett, Ford’s Powertrain Communications Manager. “As far as I know there is no Explorer SHO.”
The only EcoBoosting going on for the new Explorer will be the 4-cylinder EcoBoost, which arrives later this year.
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