Ford has unveiled its new flagship Explorer SUV on the Detroit motor present, forward of an anticipated UK launch in April.
The sixth iteration of America’s best-selling SUV of all time receives new styling, a extra various mannequin vary, new engines and, for the primary time, a rear-wheel-drive powertrain on entry-level fashions.
The corporate claims that the shift from entrance to rear-wheel drive for entry-level variants of the Explorer has allowed for a roomier and extra versatile inside format, in addition to extra “athletic” exterior styling.
Blacked-out A and D-pillars are carried over from earlier generations of Explorer, whereas a sloping roofline and shorter entrance overhang lend a sportier look to the Jeep Grand Cherokee rival.
Priced from $400 greater than the earlier Explorer’s $32,365 beginning value, the brand new mannequin is provided with an electronically assisted tailgate, an 8.0in infotainment touchscreen, in-car wi-fi and the FordPass Join clever navigation expertise as commonplace. Parking and braking help techniques will be geared up with the Platinum trim package deal.
Additionally fitted as commonplace is the Ford Co-Pilot360 package deal, which includes lively security expertise that helps the driving force keep in lane, keep away from pedestrians, see by way of blindspots and take evasive motion.