No, it's not a joke. This is the 2011 Ford Explorer. But, built on the same not-at-all-off-road-ready platform that birthed the Ford Taurus and Ford Flex, it's just not an SUV.
The 2011 Ford Explorer will be built on the same platform as the Ford Taurus. No transfer case acting as the four-wheel-drive system's linchpin. That's not stopping Ford from releasing this teaser shot touting the potential for off-road prowess.
UPDATE: The new 2011 Ford Explorer's been revealed. Take a look at the new crossover here. Times, they are a-changin' and the era of the body-on-frame Explorer is coming to an end. The 2011 Ford Explorer is going car-like, with a unibody frame and front-wheel bias. How do we know? A chatty Chicago assembly worker.