Unlike its predecessors, the all-new 2011 Ford Explorer will boast “fuel-saving EcoBoost direct-injection engines and six-speed transmissions” to help it obtain 25% better fuel economy. Plus, the vehicle will be the auto industry’s first to have inflatable rear seatbelts.

After Explorer production shifts to Chicago, Ford said it will retool the current Explorer plant in Louisville, Kentucky, to produce a new range of small vehicles based on the Focus.

[via Insideline]