I am a little confused by this. So scheduling starts 2/28 with production starting 5/6. Now the 5 day rule starts which means as long as there are no issues with production during the 1st 5 days for dealer stock, then Customer orders would start being built till the week of 5/13. Why wouldn't Explorers start showing up by end of May or beginning of June if in theory, customer orders will start by the middle of May? I know my build is more an exception being a priority 1 so it should get scheduled very quickly, I still don't see why they will not start rolling in to dealers the beginning of June for normal customer orders.
If the 7.3 comes out close to 500 lb ft I say ..."Home Run". Again it IS a medium duty truck engine!.
Not to again dwell in the past but the 534 I think in its best form never put out more than around 266HP and 481 lb ft. AND it was used in T-950's with up to 15,000 lb fronts and 60,000 lb rears for a GVW of 75,000 lbs! In my long ago youth, triaxles had not come of age. So you moved dirt in 10 wheelers or tandem tractors pulling tandem dump trailers. And trust me Ford Super Duty T-950's were very much in use-with that 534 under the hood moving big loads with just 481 lb ft!
I think everyone has lost perspective with these crazy Power Stroke, Duramax, Cummins 6.7's with HP and torque numbers that are far greater than the HP and torque ratings of a lot of 60's, 70's class 8 diesels.
Thanks to today's electronics, these monsters are controlled so they don't destroy the rest of the drivetrain.
As the owner of a 2017 Platinum Explorer I would go with this answer. Assuming the EV range is adequate, it will be replaced with the Aviator GT the only question being Reserve II or Black Label. Before the current Explorer we had a 2013 Limited. Some people want both the luxury and performance. That is why the Aviator should be a big hit. The next big thing that people will want is a PHEV if not a BEV. If Ford is smart they will add a PHEV to all their lines - with a real EV side - 30+ mile range and adequate performance in EV only.
That came directly from the engine program's chief engineer. The link is earlier in this topic.
The 777 was a 7.0L BOSS engine with a 4V head. The point is that the 7L displacement was designed as well as the 4V head for this engine family. It's not like it would need a new development program.
The information that has come out about the 7.3L indicates that it is an engine designed to constantly and under high load put out a large fraction of its available power at a relatively low RPM. This indicates that the peak power number may not be as high as many would like (relatively low specific output for an engine introduced in 2020) and is probably not a good "performance" engine for a high-end Mustang or V8 Raptor. A 7L 4V BOSS would fit that application better.
That's the first I have heard of that being the reason for a 6.2L displacement. As far as I have heard from those in the know about the program, that was always a planned displacement of the 3 for the engine family. Only recently has Ford tried to put DOD on an OHC engine, and I believe it is on a new 3 and 4 cylinder engine family.
I just want to say thanks for all the hard work you and the rest of the assembly crew is putting in on the Ranger. I know you’re all putting in a lot of overtime to build a high quality product and I’m sure things will only get busier as your production numbers increase. I’m not sure when I’ll get my ‘19 Ranger SuperCrew XLT FX4, but hoping by May. With that said, I’ve owned 9 Ford vehicles and the last 5 have been purchased or leased new. Out of all of them I am the most excited about the Ranger. The wait is so hard! Anyhow I just wanted to say thanks!
Platinum Explorers serve the purpose of small and medium sized business owners who can afford much more expensive vehicles however prefer to have a daily driver that employees and vendors see from a mass market brand. It’s the reason why High end Tahoe’s and Expeditions are also popular with certain groups.