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The 2020 Ford Explorer will make its debut on January 9th ahead of the upcoming North American International Auto Show in Detroit.

Ford will debut the sixth-generation Explorer at a special event at Ford Field the week before the annual Detroit show, which will open to media on January 12th.

It's not clear which versions of the Explorer we will see, but Ford is believed to be working on a performance-focused ST version of the SUV in addition to regular trims.

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The 2020 Explorer will share the new CD6 platform with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, which was recently shown at the 2018 LA Auto Show, and will also offer a version Ford's 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6 engine. The 3.0-liter engine makes 400 hp in the Aviator, so the Explorer ST could have a similar amount of performance on tap.

We also hear the Explorer will be offered with rear-wheel drive, with Ford electing to offer all-wheel drive as an option.

The 2020 Explorer is one of two major Ford debuts to scheduled for Detroit. The automaker will also show off the highly anticipated Mustang GT500 at the show, which is expected to make over 700 hp from a supercharged V8 engine, bringing the right to the 650hp Chevrolet Camaro ZL1 and 707 hp Dodge Challenger Hellcat.

Stay tuned for full details on the 2020 Ford Explorer following its debut in Detroit in just a few short weeks.
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