2016 Ford Explorer EcoBoost: The King is Dead, Long Live the King

Ford introduced the newest iteration of the classic Explorer SUV at this year’s Los Angeles Auto Show.  The Ford Explorer, the Jeep Grand Cherokee, and the Range Rover have to be 3 of the most recognizable SUV silhouettes ever.  Over 7 million Explorers have been sold since it’s 1990 debut.

 

“Explorer helped define how the world thinks about SUVs,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development. “Explorer is the centerpiece of Ford’s global utility vehicle lineup because it delivers an ideal combination of form and function. And with 7 million already sold, nearly everyone has an Explorer story.”

 

Here’s a new story.  The 2.0-liter base EcoBoost engine is out.  A larger 2.3-liter EcoBoost is in.

So if you showed up to a Ford dealer and couldn’t afford the Premium model with intelligent AWD, a 3.5-liter EcoBoost, and more trimmings, you can still get into an Explorer WITH more torque and better gas mileage that what you’d get in some of the better trim levels.  God bless those that need an old-school 3.5 liter V6.  Someone has to keep the gas stations open.

The top of the line for the 2016 Explorer will be the Platinum model.  Here’s how Ford frames the expectations for the new trim level:

The new Explorer Platinum will be the first Ford vehicle to get an all-new 500-watt Sony Audio System with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology. Clear Phase eliminates sound dispersion throughout the vehicle, so the music occupants hear is precisely pinpointed, just as the artist intended. Live Acoustics engineering re-creates the sound dynamics of some of the world’s greatest concert halls for a more enveloping, realistic sound.

 

Explorer Platinum also gets standard advanced technology features including enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system and rain-sensing wipers.

 

For the exterior, signature lighting surrounds the LED headlamps, giving Explorer Platinum a continuous glow. Other features include a standard dual-panel moonroof, premium silver-painted front and rear skid plate elements, and 20-inch wheels with bright machine face and tarnished dark painted pockets.

 

And there’s a little shield in the tailpipe that keeps tailpipe soot from collecting on the body.  Nice touch.

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