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2011 Ford Explorer Debuts

Can we still call it a gas-guzzler? Ford debuted a new look for its Explorer today—a recession-friendly, fuel-efficient version of the first SUV. The new Explorer is built lower to the ground on a car platform instead of a truck one, making it more fuel efficient. It also boasts a V-6 engine (similar to a Toyota Camry), can get more miles per gas gallon, and has more safety features. Although the Explorer was the breakthrough SUV at its inception, sales have fallen by nearly 100,000 per year since 2000, and Ford hopes the new model will revitalize its brand. They’re certainly catering to a new kind of customer—the Explorer was first unveiled today on Facebook.