Updated with an additional statement from Ford.
According to the Detroit Free Press, Ford is shipping a number of 2020 Explorers and 2020 Aviators from the Chicago, Illinois factory that makes the two models to its Flat Rock, Michigan plant in an attempt to solve unidentified issues with the all-new crossover SUVs.
“Making updates to pre-production models based on all-new platforms as they roll off the assembly line – is standard industry practice," Ford spokesperson Jennifer Flake told the Detroit Free Press.
Additionally, Ford spokesperson Kelli Felker noted in an e-mailed statement to Motor1.com that, "All of our new Ford Explorers and Lincoln Aviators undergo additional inspections to ensure they are built with the top quality our customers expect, which is part of our quality process."
Despite the company’s nonchalance to the issues, the Detroit Free Press was told by Ford and Lincoln dealers in multiple areas of the country that inventory of the three-row crossover SUVs are currently being delayed due to “manufacturing issues.”
That’s a broad term, though, and the supposed issues could relate to a number of manufacturing hurdles, both big and small. We’ve reached out to Ford to see if the company is ready to share what’s holding up Explorer and Aviator deliveries. We’ll update this space when we know more.