Ford has made it a point not to take the new Explorer out of its closet right now. The extremely reliable vehicle has already made a name for itself thanks to its excellent build quality. Ever since the current version launch in 2011, this mid-size SUV has been winning many American hearts. The new 2018 Ford Explorer is supposed to come with minor styling changes and some safety upgrades. However, Ford is working on the the new-generation Explorer which should come for the 2019 model year.
2018 Ford Explorer: Appearance
The 2018 Ford Explorer will continue based on the D4 platform which underpins the current version as well as the Lincoln MKT and Ford Flex. However, the next generation Explorer will switch to the new D6 platform which uses lightweight materials like aluminum and will bring significant weigh loss.
The styling of the new model won’t also change radically for the new model year and even the new-gen styling will be more evolutionary than revolutionary.
The model will, however, be available with the Sport appearance package which adds 20-inch wheels, black cladding, and gray accents. On the other hand, the base versions will ride on the 18-inch wheels.
In terms of its interior design, Ford has disagreed to compromise and only the best is installed. While Limited trim of this vehicle gets leather upholstered, heated and ventilated seats, the Platinum version gets a the same but with the unique trim inserts.
The model also boasts the latest SYNC infotainment system and rear seat entertainment is also available. The safety rig will get upgraded versions of the existing systems with the addition of some new features like the autonomous emergency braking.
What’s under 2018 Ford Explorer hood?
The new 2018 Ford Explorer is supposed to retain the existing engine options as its current model. This new vehicle should retain the base naturally aspirated 3.6-liter V-6 for the upcoming model year but the new-generation will likely discontinue this engine. It can produce 290 hp and torque of 255 pound-feet. This engine will be mated to the six-speed automatic transmission.
The next level engine option will be a turbocharged 2.3-liter inline-4 EcoBoost. This engine can produce 280 hp and torque of 310 lb-ft. The upgraded version of this engine should also be available in the new-gen Explorer.
Aside form this turbocharged engine, the Explorer will again be available with the 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. Like the smaller EcoBoost, this engine will see some improvements for the 2019 model year. However, in the 2018 version, it will produce 365 hp and torque of 350 lb-ft.
2018 Ford Explorer: Pricing and Release Date
2018 Ford Explorer faces tough competition from Honda Pilot and Toyota Highlander although critics are inclined towards exploring Ford bit further, always. New Explorer is expected to be out in mid of this year. It is going to cost around $32,000 for the base model. On the other hand, the redesigned 2019 Explorer should debut at the 2018 LA Auto Show.