Ford Urban Explorer Concept
Recognizing that a high proportion of sport utility drivers never leave the pavement, Ford conceived the Urban Explorer edition. Since most of these customers were seeking a multi-functional mode of transportation that met their passenger, cargo and load-carrying needs, along with the assurance of four-wheel-drive, Ford appreciated that those needs don’t always demand a vehicle resembling a rugged, mud-eating off-roader.
This four-door concept features lowered suspension and understated side-cladding, the latter doubling as protection against stone chips. Deep-dish, five-spoke 20-inch wheels are housed within wide wheel flares, creating an athletic stance.
The Urban Explorer features a low-profile front fascia with integrated, uniquely-styled driving lamps and functional brake cooling ducts. The low-profile rear fascia has center-exiting dual exhausts with bright-polished tail-pipe tips. A roof-spoiler on the trailing edge of the lift-gate replaces the standard SUV roof-rack and adds to the sporty appearance.
Quad-sport bucket seats and a thick-rim sport steering wheel are among the ergonomic enhancements featured in the Urban Explorer. The interior design includes a full front-to-rear center console, a unique sport gauge cluster and new molded interior badging. The high contrast interior color theme is black and lime green with iridescent piping.
Performance enhancements include cowl induction for improved airflow and vented brake rotors for improved heat dissipation. The Urban Explorer includes other 2002 features, such as a new all-aluminum V8 engine, the Control Trac four-wheel-drive system, and new AdvanceTrac interactive vehicle dynamics.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California.
240 bhp, 4.6 liter SOHC V8 engine, five-speed automatic overdrive transmission, coil spring independent front and rear suspension, and four-wheel hydraulic power disc brakes. Wheelbase: 113.7".
Source: Ford press and RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Teddy Pieper