The 2020 Ford Explorer fights flat tires with self-sealing tech from Michelin

2020 Ford Explorer hybridA flat tire can ruin your day, leaving you stuck on the side of the road or thumbing through ancient magazines in the waiting area of a tire shop. To help prevent that, the 2020 Ford Explorer will be available with Michelin Selfseal tires, which can keep a car on the road even after they have been punctured.

Ford claims the 2020 Explorer is the first SUV in the world to be sold with these tires, although similar ones were previously fitted to the Chevrolet Bolt EV electric car. The tires are lined with a natural rubber sealant that conforms to punctures to slow the rate of air leaks. It’s not a permanent fix; drivers still need to get their tires repaired or replaced if a puncture occurs. But the self-sealing feature means that won’t have to be done immediately in many situations, according to Ford.

The tires are designed to deal with nail or screw punctures to the tread, so the self-sealing feature may not be effective with other types of tire damage. If a nail or screw remains embedded in the tread, the rubber liner seals around the object to stem air loss. If the object comes out, the tire can still deal with 90 percent of tread punctures up to a quarter of an inch in diameter. Some air may still leak out but at a very slow rate of under 15 pounds per square inch per week. All figures are based on internal Michelin testing data supplied by Ford.

The Michelin Selfseal tires will only be available on higher-level versions of the 2020 Explorer. They will be standard on the all-wheel drive Explorer Platinum Explorer Hybrid Limited trim levels. The tires will also be available as an optional extra on the non-hybrid Explorer Limited, with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive.

Scheduled to go on sale this summer, the 2020 Ford Explorer is completely redesigned inside and out. It’s based on a new rear-wheel drive platform (as opposed to the old front-wheel drive layout) that Ford claims will improve performance both on-road and off-road. In addition to the hybrid model — a first for the Explorer — Ford will also launch an ST performance version with a 400 horsepower 3.0-liter twin-turbocharged V6. The Explorer also gets lots of new tech, headlined by an available 10.1-inch portrait touchscreen.

Product Review

Who needs a Range Rover? BMW’s X7 has better tech and just as much luxury

The 2019 BMW X7 is the German automaker’s long-overdue entry into the full-size luxury SUV segment. Packing three rows of seats and plenty of tech, can the new BMW take on Mercedes-Benz and Land Rover?

Your PlayStation 4 game library isn't complete without these games

Looking for the best PS4 games out there? Out of the massive crop of titles available, we selected the best you should buy. No matter what your genre of choice may be, there's something here for you.

Ford’s born-again Bronco off-roader will soothe your 1990s nostalgia

Ford confirmed it will bring the Bronco back to American showrooms in 2020. We haven't seen the truck yet, but dealers who got a preview of it during a private event say it's a true off-roader aimed directly at the Jeep Wrangler.

2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe gets a tech upgrade, keeps quirky styling

The 2020 Mercedes-Benz GLC coupe debuts at the 2019 New York Auto Show with an upgraded infotainment system that incorporates Mercedes' digital assistant. The SUV launches later this year with turbocharged four-cylinder power.

Protect yourself and your ride with our favorite dash cams

Dashboard cameras can assist drivers in car accident claims, settle speeding ticket disputes, and even catch glimpses of incoming meteors, among other things. Here, we've compiled a list of the most noteworthy offerings available.

Tesla revives its referral program with chances to win a Roadster

Tesla has revived its referral program that ended in February because of cost pressures. This time around the perks aren't quite as diverse, though it does offer regular chances to win a Roadster or Model Y.

From cars to computers: How data is transforming F1 racing

After a single weekend of racing, a Formula 1 pit crew typically pulls around 2TB of data from the car. Everything, from tire pressure to the temperature of the track, is recorded and analyzed in the name of boosting performance -- and not…

Tesla ends scheduled servicing because electric cars need less maintenance

Tesla will longer offer scheduled maintenance plans, switching to an "as needed" model. This reflects the fact that electric cars need less regular maintenance than gasoline or diesel cars.

The go kart-like Mini Cooper will soon add zero emissions to its resume

Mini is in the final stages of developing an electric version of the Cooper. The 2020 Cooper SE will receive powertrain components from the BMW i3, including a 181-horsepower electric motor and battery technology.
Product Review

By adding features, tech, and all-wheel drive, Mazda puts the 3 in a class of one

Since its introduction in 2003, Mazda’s compact Mazda3 has been a mainstay of the brand’s driver-oriented strategy. Mazda now plans to move upmarket, and the all-new 2019 Mazda3 offers some clues about how that’s going to work.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robotic companions and computer-aided karaoke

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Tesla Model 3 vulnerability exposed at Pwn2Own; hackers take home the car

A Tesla Model 3 vulnerability was exposed at the Pwn2Own hacking competition. The hackers, who were able to display a message on the electric vehicle's internet browser, won $35,000 and took home the car.

Is this electric car startup the next Tesla, or will it go the way of Coda?

The electric car startup formerly known as EVelozcity has changed its name to Canoo. It also announced a lineup of four cars including a commuter-friendly model and a lifestyle-oriented car. Its first electric vehicles will begin to appear…

Recall bounty hunters needed as millions ignore deadly Takata airbag recall

It's the recall campaign from hell and too many people aren't responding. Toyota Motor North America (TMNA) and Carma Project want to give financial rewards to people who alert family and friends to the deadly Takata airbag recall.