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Ford Explorer ST
This is the Ford Explorer ST, caught testing in Colorado. The Explorer will get its first comprehensive redesign in nearly a decade, likely for the ’20 model year. It will ride on a new platform that is flexible enough for front-, rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations. There is the definite possibility that the Explorer could go rear-wheel drive.
Just as the Edge gained an ST model for 2019, the Explorer will do the same with a 2.7L high-output EcoBoost V6. It will put out at least as much power as the 335hp variant in the Edge, although a more powerful 3.5L EcoBoost may be likely.
Expect to see the all-new Ford Explorer ST in the following months.
Porsche 911 Cabriolet
Spotted on public roads in Germany, the upcoming 911 Cabriolet sports the same design features as the recently introduced coupe.
Visual upgrades are rather mild, with the 992 exterior being heavily based on the outgoing model.
There are no surprises regarding the roof, which remains an automated soft-top.
We’ll probably see a Targa version of the next 911 too.
New Land Rover Defender
The Land Rover Defender replacement has been spotted in public in the United Kingdom. These spy shots show a heavily camouflaged prototype, which is reasonably close to the final product.
The prototype shows a wealth of design cues from the Defender, as well as a few from the Discovery and Range Rover families. Rear cargo space appears to be short, making a seven-seater a tight fit and a roof rack or trailer a necessity for remote touring—just like the older Discoveries. It sports a fully independent suspension and a 2.0L turbodiesel Ingenium engine.
There is a high chance that the drivetrain will be hybrid electric—if not across the range then as an option.