The 2011 Ford Explorer will likely be built in Chicago at the same factory currently producing the Taurus X, supporting the conventional wisdom that the new Explorer is going car-based.
The 2011 Explorer has been spied testing in a more crossover-like form and its new car-ness was hinted at by last year's Ford Explorer America concept. Ford has also confirmed Chicago's Torrence Avenue assembly plant will receive a new product, but hasn't identified it. Now it appears Ford has committed to producing the 2011 Explorer there in a deal with the UAW.
The Ford Explorer America concept showcased a range of fuel-efficient EcoBoost (newspeak for turbocharged) engines, including, "a 4-cylinder 2-liter engine with EcoBoost technology delivering 275 hp and 280 lb.-ft. of torque or, as a premium engine, a 3.5-liter V-6 delivering about 340 hp. Depending on engine selection, fuel-efficiency will improve by 20 to 30 percent versus today's V-6 Explorer." It's expected the 2011 Explorer will use those powerplants. [via Chicago Breaking News]
Thanks for the tip, Jon!