Suburban Dad in Detroit: Ford Explorer America Concept
This is only a concept, but Ford tells us it's almost certain the next generation of the venerable Explorer SUV will be a unibody, not a truck/body-on-frame, vehicle — though it may not look exactly like this, inside or out. Ford also said it doesn't plan to soften the vehicle's stance, meaning it won't be a crossover; it should still have true offroad capabilities and other traditional SUV functionality.
All that being said, there were some things we really liked about the Explorer America, which virtually screams "family road trip!" — just not in the way most parents scream it.
There's a very cool globe-looking GPS system in the front, plus rows of seats that stack up to give you more storage space. There’s also a sliding door on the curb side only, so no one need ever utter that dreaded “minivan” word, and a table and seats that slide out from the back to create a work or picnic table for two. I certainly hope that if Ford ever puts this feature into a production car, it locks when the car is in any gear other than Park so some adventure-seeking teens don't find a new way to go street surfing.