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Crossover voice. Test drive Ford Explorer

The updated Ford Explorer - a vivid demonstration of how the weakening of the ruble influence on the Russian car market. For the most accessible version of the SUV, which is not too much has changed, asking to 350 000 rubles. more than before the restyling. However, we were lucky with the Explorer twice.

Firstly, the mountain roads in Chechnya thoroughly cleaned so that we, in contrast to the first group, missed the plane and did not remain without cellular five hours. Secondly, with me in the car he was the owner dorestaylingovoy Explorer - use it to see small changes in an SUV was easier.

External differences updated crossover from the previous version is simple. Explorer has replaced the old optics diode, and it's very important, because in the previous version, even paying for a new car two prices, the buyer could not get anything other than halogen lamps. Another SUV got other bumpers and stylish grille, got huge fog that moved closer to the hood, the new lights and some form of the fifth door. Least of all the changes can be seen when looking at the Explorer into the profile: restyling issued only other moldings and pattern wheels.


By driving the predecessor Explorer generally does not differ. The engines are the same: 3,5-249 liter capacity hp - Conventional versions, 3,5-liter, but with dedication in 345 hp - Have options Sport. The main advantage of this modification - the incredible "voice". If the regular version of whatever drives the motor, the cabin is quiet, this sounds very thoroughbred, in the style of American maslkarov.

This is a modification of a sports utility vehicle was more quiet - noise insulation of both versions has been improved in the framework of the adaptation of the car to Russia. However, additional insulation and floor area chute Explorer, by the way, was very efficient washers front and rear cameras, Heated mirrors, windshield, steering wheel, front seats and second-row seats, the metal bumper protection, the ability to refuel AI-92 and 12- year warranty against rust. Yet perfect silence in the cabin there. In the normal Explorer were more noisy from the road. However, the solution is simple: Sport, as opposed to 249-strong fellow, I was on non-studded tires.

And still "sports" stiffer suspension, due to which he feels confident maneuvering at speed. But in general, despite the fact that it is much faster (6,4 8,7 against up to 100 km / h), the nature of both versions of the similar - the same as was in the SUV before the restyling. Explorer unruffled, well clinging to the road and very briskly for a car of this size responds to the steering wheel. By the way, "steering wheel" - the only thing that has changed markedly with Explorer in terms of manageability. She became sharper and more informative than ever before. Once it became easier to travel at night on the road: the car itself switches the light from the near to the distant, at the same time recalling that the halogen light is not gone - not the high beam diode and xenon.

At first glance, it all changes. At least that's what one might have thought before attending the premiere press conference Ford. Well, that happens to us in the car was the previous owner of the Explorer: «Oh, two new USB-ports and the back, by the way, there is much more spacious." Rear legroom of passengers, according to the passport characteristics, increased by 36 millimeters. This machine itself added in length only 13 mm became already 16 mm below 15 millimeters. He grew up, by the way, and the amount of luggage (with folded second and third rows of seats) - on 28 liters. The fifth door is now open, as Kuga - sufficient to foot under the rear bumper, provided that you have in your pocket is the key.

Special mention deserve and new multicontour seats with massage function. For some reason they are not available in the top-end version of Sport, and it is a big minus. Massage - it is rather a toy: it relaxes the back and not get bored through 10 minutes, but the seats are incredibly comfortable, even though not the longest pillow. They have 11 adjustable pressure segments that can be inflated through a multimedia system. Compared with uncomfortable seats at the last Explorer, these are great.

But the most significant step in the direction of convenience - this, of course, the replacement of the touch buttons on the physical. In the previous Explorer it was simply impossible to manage, for example, the climate-controlled winter gloves. Now, everything is simple: do not move your finger across the display, and just click on this button. The issue with the sensors, according to representatives of Ford, is closed. Back they can only after significant technological improvements.

In general, the SYNC system from its predecessor is virtually identical: The graphics are nice, understand the menu is still difficult to work without a "loose", but they seem to have disappeared from the previous firmware.

Inside the SUV have little things that did not immediately notice. For example, in other plastic finishes. At the touch and visually it is much nicer than before. On the instrument panel numbers are now read better, but the changed shape of the front struts again drew the attention of our passengers. Later, at a press conference, Ford spokesman confirmed that it is changed. This was done to improve visibility. She's really gotten better, but stand still massive and because they can not see pedestrians crossing the street, and when maneuvering visibility is not enough.

One of our success is superimposed on the other and gave a small negative: we are not stuck in the snow and the mountain did not give a reason to shine wheel drive system. It has five operating modes: "dirt", "sand", "snow", "descend from the hill", "normal". Depending on the system regulates the distribution of torque to the wheels, delays or accelerates upshifts.

Are the changes that got Explorer, 350 000 rubles. (400 000 rubles. in the case of the version Sport)? The SUV has been updated with an eye on the opinion of the owners dorestaylingovoy version. They will be pleased and will likely buy itself new SUV. However, at Ford want to attract new customers. In America, the Explorer - the best-selling SUV, while in Russia this figure to him so far away. Here reigns Toyota Highlander - one of the main competitors in Explorer. As well as the Mitsubishi Pajero, Volkswagen Touareg, Jeep Grand Cherokee, Nissan Pathfinder and Toyota Prado. The main argument of the SUV from Ford, according to the company, at least two. The first - a low-cost test until 100 000 kilometers. It is 105 000 rbl., And later in the classroom only Pathfinder - 76 050 rubles. The second - high grade, the presence of unique features for the segment like the inflatable second-row seat belts and automatic parking perpendicular.

In all, four complete Explorer: XLT for 2 799 000 rubles., Limited for 3 049 000 rubles., Limited Plus for 3 179 000 rubles. the Sport for 3 399 000 rubles. Each has a full set of the previous one, plus some other options: 20-inch wheels, adaptive cruise control, rain sensors and so on. The exception is with the option Sport - it does not have multicontour seats which are available in the version Limited Plus. And still a novelty, most likely, will have to fight hard for new customers. Explorer has changed really serious than it seems at first, he eliminated most of its drawbacks, but now it is more expensive than almost all its competitors.

Nicholas Zagvozdkin