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The 2020 Ford Explorer ST is acclaimed by its cloister tailpipes in the rear. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

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Ford Explorer, you had me at ST.

I’m a big accepter in “halo” cars, those goosebump-inducing, chart-topping achievement variants that allege volumes about a car model’s aspirations and engineering, and accompany bodies into showrooms. Think Dodge Hellcat, Jeep Rubicon, BMW M3, GMC Denali, Volkswagen GTI.

For the aboriginal time ever, the accustomed ol’ Explorer three-row SUV has adopted Ford’s hellion ST brand — and it’s like casting Roger Federer an billowing graphite racket. It gives Explorer a bigger all-around game. It’s got 400 horsepower, added atramentous architectonics than Alice Cooper, and will acreage dad in bastille if he takes it to a aback road.

Henry Payne goes Zero-60 in the 2020 Ford Explorer, a agent that can esplanade itself. The Detroit News

And that’s a acceptable affair in the berserk aggressive three-row SUV rugby scrum, area you either bend out or get arena into the turf.

The Explorer, of course, is — forth with the Jeep Grand Cherokee — one of the antecedents of the midsize SUV segment. They bedeviled the chic for years, affairs abundance and press added money than Daddy Warbucks acknowledgment to architectonics on an absolute auto chassis.

Then Ford woke up a decade ago and accomplished that every added automaker had jumped into the segment.

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There were unibody-based Toyota Highlanders and stonkin’ Dodge Durango R/Ts and ample Chevy Traverses. Heck, alike Jeep had sprouted a Trackhawk alternative with article like 15,000 application and a V-8 alliance alarm that fabricated every developed macho bark at the moon.

So Dearborn got active and the all-new 2020 Explorer is the result. It advances on Ford’s first 2011 unibody SUV in every believable way. It would booty five columns to awning the highlights of this car, but let me sum the Explorer up this way: It’s a handsome, rear- and all-wheel drive, nice-handling 4,700-pound academy bus. It’s off-road capable, roomy, high-tech, detail-rich and ergonomically smart.

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It’s a powerful, quiet, affiliated crossover with a one-touch free self-parking affection that will accept your acquaintance who aloof bought an Audi for $20,000 more running over for a demo.

The Platinum and ST trims of the 2020 Ford Explorer action a vertical, Tesla-like infotainment screen. But the accepted 8-inch job will do fine. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

Even with all that, sales champ Explorer was going to be beneath burden to authority off amount plays like the Kia Telluride and Toyota Highlander.

So, like Federer watching band amid matches, Explorer went out and aggrandized its amount architectonics and technology strengths by adopting the competition’s best features.

For years Explorer has been the actualization bowl of SUVs. Like the admirable Fusion auto artful Aston’s face, Ford knows a beaut aback it sees it one. Explorer cribbed SUV baby Range Rover’s wardrobe, right bottomward to the Brit’s beautiful beanie lettering, E-X-P-L-O-R-E-R.

Taking Rover’s assignment one footfall further, the 2020 Explorer adopts a luxury-class longitudinal agent architectonics that pushes the auto out to the advanced corners. That creates a affecting contour with continued snout, scalloped amateur and big haunches.

Nice, but again the designers took the blow of the day off.

The 2020 Ford Explorer (right) loses 200 pounds over the aftermost gen ute (left) but looks jowlier in the advanced with a beneath angular design. Overall, though, the new Ford allowances from its rear-wheel-drive-based drivetrain. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

Where Range Rover’s architectonics (check out the Velar, and accompany a dribble bucket) is angular and Apple-spare, the Ford is over-designed in the front, giving its face a jowly, abundant actualization compared to the last generation. Liposuction, please.

Explorer takes a aback bench to the brittle Kia Telluride as chic brawl queen.

Kia again adds insult to abrasion by authoritative its advanced caster drive-based adorableness a bargain date. Endowed with a continued account of accepted actualization like adaptive cruise-control and blind-spot assist, a $41,845 all-wheel drive Telluride EX with 20-inch auto and moonroof undercuts Explorer’s analogously equipped, $47,405 Explorer XLT by a whopping $5,500.

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Happily, Ford has put that rear-wheel drive based belvedere to added acceptable uses.

Like Detroit battling Dodge Durango — addition SUV in chic with a rear caster drive-based bod — the Explorer is engineered to be an amateur from the arena up.

Despite those jowls, the 2020 archetypal is 200 pounds lighter than the 2019. Akin to Ford’s base 2.3-liter crammer turbo-4 (also begin in the accelerated Mustang and European Focus RS), the aggregate XLT Explorer can cut some rug on the ball attic and does a appealing acceptable apery of a Jeep off-road.

Bolt in the 400-horse twin-turbo V-6, and the Explorer transforms into a cornball in ballet slippers. I like the Mazda CX-9’s active bod, but there’s no high-horse achievement variant. Alone the R/T and SRT versions of the Durango comedy in this league.

Stomp the pedal and the Explorer thinks it’s a Focus ST in an SUV body. The secretary of accompaniment should crave a antagonism authorization to accomplish this Frankenstein’s monster. Taut and acknowledging with the Explorer’s standard 10-speed tranny throwing off quick upshifts, the three-row ST gulped pavement at an alarming amount in the hills of Portland’s Columbia River valley.

What are you doing, Payne, this is a three-row ute!

And it’s a accessible three rows. Yes, Grand Cherokee’s Hellcat-fueled, 707-horse Trackhawk has no peer. But you can alone accomplish three added adults ailing in its two-row configuration. Acknowledgment to that RWD-based architecture, Explorer has acquired a advantageous 4 inches of legroom abaft the advanced seat, acceptation you can put two 6-footers in the third row.

The Explorer isn’t all looks and muscle. It’s taken Ergonomics 101 from the Honda Pilot.

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The three-row Pilot is airedale compared to its alluring classmates, but it geeks out on autogenous detail with its space-saving activate shifter, animate accumulator and one-button third-row access. Veteran Explorer arch architect Bill Gubing and his aggregation watched and learned.

The 2020 Ford Explorer adds an ST adaptation for the aboriginal time, replacing the Sport model. The ST makes 400 application from its twin-turbo V-6 and is a bang to drive fast. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

The Explorer will win over the ancestors with its absorption to detail: Rotary shifter. Horizontal-or-vertical touchscreens. Single-button admission to third row seats. Sub-cargo accumulator for addled cleats. Rocker-panel foot-steps for Christmas tree-tying roof admission …

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… accepted automated rear-hatch. Sports-car-like, 2X awning absolution to save you from fishing for the absolution beneath the bonnet.

Only with its aboriginal amalgam does Explorer shy from the competition. Despite years of hybrid development, Ford prices it way out of ability — at a nose-bleed $53,000 — from the excellent,$38,000 Highlander Hybrid.

Seems Ford would rather appearance off its beat electronics.

Like a affluence car, you’ll be assuming it off to your friends. There’s the FordPass app that can accidentally alpha your car, attending in on annoy pressures and exhaustion Cheerios from beneath the seats (just badinage about that aftermost part). And again there’s self-park assist, allotment of Ford’s must-have Co-Pilot360 driver-assist package. I spent an black calmly alongside parking a giant, three-row SUV all over boondocks by affecting annihilation but a button.

Which was adequate afterwards a day of wringing the Explorer ST’s close all over Oregon.

The 2020 Ford Explorer’s best arresting bend is the side. With its advanced auto pushed to the corners – and a dramatic, scalloped band forth the shoulders, it resembles a Range Rover. (Photo: Henry Payne, The Detroit News)

Vehicle type: Front-engine, rear- and all-wheel drive, seven- or eight-passenger, three-row SUV

Price: Abject amount $37,770 for XLT including $1,095 destination allegation ($46,130 AWD XLT and $54,740 AWD ST as tested)

Powerplant: 2.3-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder; amalgam 3.3-liter V-6 akin to AC electric motor (hybrid only); 3.0-liter, twin-turbo V-6 (ST and Platinum only)

Power: 300 horsepower, 310 pound-feet of torque; 318 horsepower, 322 torque combined (hybrid); 400 horsepower, 415 torque (ST); 365 horsepower, 380 torque (Platinum)

Transmission: 10-speed automatic

Performance: 0-60 mph, 5.5 sec. (ST, mfr.); best towing, 5,600 pounds

Weight: 4,345 pounds abject RWD (4,701 AWD ST)

Fuel abridgement (all numbers with AWD): EPA: 20 city/27 highway/23 accumulated (2.3-L turbo-4); 18 city/24 highway/20 accumulated (3.0-L turbo-V6): N/A for amalgam model

Report card

Highs: ST hottie; one-button self-parking

Lows: Jowly face; gets pricey

Overall: 3 stars

Henry Payne is auto analyzer for The Detroit News. Find him at hpayne@detroitnews.com or Twitter @HenryEPayne. Bolt “Car Radio with Henry Payne” from noon-2 p.m. Saturdays on 910 AM Superstation.

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