Explorer's gas-sipping secrets:

Engine efficiency:
• Direct-injection via side-mounted seven-hole injectors spraying at 2200-2800 psi
• Turbocharger featuring cast stainless steel scroll, anti-surge valve to eliminate "whoosh" sound
• Sodium-filled exhaust valves
• Twin-independent valve control on both cams provide internal EGR, ensure idle quality
• Polished direct-acting valve bucket tappets reduce friction by 0.8 percent
• 9.3:1 compression with adaptive knock control
• Counter-rotating balance shafts
• Air-conditioning compressor output varies with demand
• Alternator employs "smart charging" during deceleration and braking, freewheels when accelerating

Weight savings:
• JTEKT all-wheel-drive system weighs far less than a traditional rear-drive vehicle's 4WD or AWD transfer case
• Aluminum suspension knuckles are used at all four corners
• Aluminum hood
• Lightweight seat frames

2011 Ford Explorer
Base price $30,000-$40,000 (est)
Vehicle layout Front-engine, FWD/AWD, 6-7-pass, 4-door, SUV
Engines 2.0L/237-hp*/250-lb-ft* turbocharged DOHC 16-valve I-4; 3.5L/290-hp/255-lb-ft DOHC 24-valve V-6
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Curb weight 4350-4600 lb (MT est)
Wheelbase 112.6 in
Length x width x height 197.1 x 78.9 x 70.4-71.0 in
0-60 mph 7.0-8.5 sec (MT est)
EPA city/hwy fuel econ 17-20 / 23-28 mpg (MT est)
CO2 emissions 0.85-1.01 lb/mile (MT est)
On sale in U.S. December, 2010
*Running premium fuel, recommended not required (regular fuel output N/A).