Celebrating 25 years in the market, Ford Explorer is getting a makeover for 2016. The new model, although not fully re-designed, introduces new engines and interior and exterior changes. Introduced in 1991, the Explorer redefined the SUV market and is again setting the bar high. First seen as a concept in the 2014 Los Angeles Auto show, the 2016 Ford Explorer becomes more chic and upscale thanks to its new Platinum trim.
The New Engine
Back in 2011, Ford introduced the four-cylinder EcoBoost Ford Explorer, a breakthrough in SUV performance technology. The 2 liter turbo-charged engine offered the best fuel efficiency with no compromises. Today, after customers asked for more power, Ford is delivering an upgraded version. Developed for the 2015 Ford Mustang EcoBoost, the all-new 2.3 liter engine gains 30 more horsepower, for a total of 270.
New 2016 Explorer Platinum
The new Explorer Platinum brings new features only seen on expensive luxury SUVs. Ford’s strategy to expand their trim portfolio and move upmarket has worked very well. The new Platinum trim fulfills consumer demand for more technology and top-of-the-line packages.
The interior features brushed aluminum and real satin-finished ash wood on the instrument panel and on all doors. The heated steering wheel gets the same wood treatment plus a unique stitching over the leather, topped-off with a brushed aluminum Ford oval. The 2016 Explorer Platinum also gets a Sony 500 watt sound system with Live Acoustic Clearphase Technology, which eliminates sounds dispersion and recreates better sound dynamics. At the center of it all, a 10-in digital display controls your music, climate and maps.
The Platinum trim brings Ford’s best safety technology, including active-park assist, lane-keeping system, and rain-sensing wipers. The exterior also gets exclusive LED lighting, a dual-panel moonroof, 20-in wheels and a new chrome exhaust system. The 2016 Explorer Platinum gets an intelligent four-wheel drive, which constantly monitors terrain, speed, throttle position and steering wheel angle up to 20 times per second.
Take a look at the specs for the most popular models:
Base 2016 Explorer
- 3.5L Ti-VCT V6 Engine
- 6-speed SelectShift® Automatic Transmission
- AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control™
- SYNC® with MyFord®
2016 Explorer XLT
- Base model options plus following
- Fog lamps
- Reverse sensing system
- LED signature lighting
2016 Explorer Platinum
- 3.5 V6 EcoBoost Engine
- Nirvana leather seats
- 500 watt Sony audio system
- Dual-panel moonroof
- Unique LED glow lights
Although the 2016 Explorer won’t be available until next summer, you can take a look at our current inventory here.
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