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Engine power
Engine power
The 2011 Explorer won't be available with a V8 engine, as past models have. Instead, it will have either a V6 engine or a turbo-charged four-cylinder engine. With the four-cylinder engine, Ford said it's expected to get 30% better fuel economy than the today's Explorer.

The new Explorer weighs slightly less than the previous version, and the new V6 version offers nearly as much power as the current Explorer's V8. The new four-cylinder engine, likewise, delivers nearly as much pulling power as the current V6.

The new Explorer's maximum towing capability is less than the current version but, Ford executives have said, owners rarely use the SUV's outsized towing capabilities.

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Last updated July 27 2010: 8:17 AM ET
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