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2020 Ford Explorer redesign gets 'smart' with features

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Ford rolled out a new version its iconic Explorer model this week at the North American International Auto Show. It’s the first all-new version of the Explorer in eight years. (Photo: WEYI/WSMH)

DETROIT - Ford rolled out a new version its iconic Explorer model this week at the North American International Auto Show.

It’s the first all-new version of the Explorer in eight years.

While many new cars focus on design function and fuel efficiency, this one is all about technology.

Inside the sleek and shiny 2020 Ford Explorer are functions as smart as your phone:

Amazon Alexa technology that allows you to unlock your truck with your voice or even turn the lights off at home.

The SUV can also read speed limit signs and automatically slow down when it drops, saving you the expense of a ticket.

Ford's Scott Slimack helped with the design.

He says smart features for a smart world.

“As you come in to town and the speed limit changes it will adjust to those speeds. So, no more speed traps. No more worries about those cops sitting at the edge of town coming for you,” says Slimack.

Wifi for up to ten people, cup holders that will fit juice boxes, Slimac says when designing this SUV, fort considered small details that parents will appreciate.

“I'm thinking about how the kids will they argue about where they are sitting. Or will they have enough space. Will they be able to connect with anything.

A 10.1 inch touch screen glass like your phone the ability to swipe and zoom and see full size maps.

Ford marketing manager Craig Patterson say the new explorers will have better fuel efficiency without sacrificing power and let’s not forget design.

“It’s going to be more athletic. It’s going to be a great looking vehicle. Everything explored has always beenjust better,” said Patterson.

The auto show starts next week. While workers wouldn't tell us much about the new and exciting functions of the rest of its lineup, they say there is one feature that will make parents especially happy.