The 2016 Ford Explorer has finally received an update. As the vehicle turned 25 years old, Ford decided to give the vehicle a new-and-improved look, a new – more eco-friendly motor, and a Platinum trim level that was previously not seen. The vehicle debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show and turned heads immediately upon being unveiled.
Impressively, Ford upped the ante when it came to the power under the hood of this vehicle, giving the Explorer a 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine – an upgrade from the previous 2.0-liter inline-four many had grown accustomed to with the vehicle. The 2.3-liter EcoBoost has already been seen in the Lincoln MKC, as well as the Mustang – but this will ensure that the Explorer will see a 270 hp output. Even better, Ford expects the vehicles to lose nothing when it comes to fuel efficiency saying “no sacrifice in overall fuel efficiency is anticipated.” On paper, it appears as though the vehicle will get 23 mpg.
For the other models of the Explorer, a 3.5-liter V6, as well as another 3.5-liter V6 will be putting out 290 hp and 365 hp respectively. Active park assist rain-sensing windshield wipers, and lane-keeping technology will ensure that the vehicles are well-adopted for the tech-heavy world. Many are curious about what the Platinum trim vehicle will cost. However, some speculation notes that the cost could creep as high, or exceed $50,000.
Many were impressed by the style differences, specifically in the grille region. Previously, many had stated that the vehicle looked too much like a Taurus from the front and that a change was needed in the grille-region to give the Explorer some identity of its own. The squared-three-bar approach that many have grown used to was replaced by the more-modern appearing mesh grille that is common in many newer built vehicles – giving the Explorer a more rugged and tough appearance.
At the end of the day, Ford is really focusing on creating change to cement their future as a leader in the SUV space. Specifically, the updates to the engine, and the offering of a more powerful, more efficient engine, is something that many potential SUV customers will weigh heavily as they move forward into 2015.
The 2016 Ford Escape is expected to go on sale in the summer of 2015, but more widely by the fall of 2015.