The fifth generation Explorer got a facelift in 2016. The Explorer actually hasn’t changed much since the current generation’s introduction in 2011. But it still offers solid refinement, and its three engine offerings give it a lot of versatility. Built on a crossover platform, the Explorer is offered in several trims. The Explorer is available with a turbocharged 365hp 3.5-litre V6 model, in addition to the 290hp 3.5-litre V6, both engines mated to a 6-speed manually-shiftable automatic, with the base model getting front-wheel-drive and the rest getting full-time all-wheel-drive with no low-range gearing.
In some markets, a turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder 2.3-litre is available. There are four trim levels. The base model comes with standard with the 290hp V6 engine, front-wheel drive and cloth upholstery. Explorer XLT and XLT AWD comes ewith 18-inch wheels, keyless ignition, navigation, and 10-way power driver’s seat. Explorer Limited features leather seating, 20-inch wheels, heated steering wheel, interior ambient lighting, heated and cooled front seats, heated second row, power folding third row, 12-speaker Sony sound system. Limited AWD models come with the 2.3-liter turbo engine.
Explorer Sport and Platinum get the 365hp EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel drive. There’s a Sport Appearance Package for lower trims, rendering a more aggressive look with 20-inch wheels, a grey grille insert and black cladding, black roof rack, and gray leather seating with gray suede accents and contrast stitching.
Active and passive safety technologies are in abundance with An innovative Safety Canopy system helps increase protection with side-curtain airbags covering all three rows of seating. This application is the first of its kind in automotive production. Also included is an inflatable rear seatbelt that minimizes the risk of whiplash injuries in typical rear seat occupants. Features like lane departure warning, Active Park Assist helps find a spot and steer the vehicle into place. BLIS (Blind Spot Information System) warns of inconspicuous objects detected in blind spots, minimizing the risk of collision.
The most popular Explorer Sport is indeed the sportiest of the lot, thanks to its turbocharged 3.5-litre V6, stiffer suspension tuning, quicker steering ratios. Rear-seatbelt airbags, blindspot monitoring with cross-traffic alert, and collision warning with pre-crash brake support.
The latest news about the SUV is that an all-new, sixth-generation Ford Explorer will debut in 2019 for the 2020 model year, and is slated to return to a Front-engine, rear-wheel-drive layout (FR Setup) utilizing Rear Wheel Drive (RWD), as utilized by all Ford Explorers prior to 2011.
|Engine||I4 2.0L FWD|
|No. Of Gears||6A|
|Front Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
|Rear Brakes||Disc (ABS)|
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