Explorer has been on the market for almost 25 years, and through all this time, this model crossed the road from the family-oriented, rough wagon to the classier and sophisticated one. Looking onto some of the equipment, the 2016 Ford Explorer model could almost get a luxury label and with the new Platinum trim that potential is maximized.
The 2016 Explorer is coming pretty much new, except the side sheet metal which will remain the same. It will come with a brand-new front and rear fascia. The front end will have a higher grille with mesh look and more horizontal headlights. At the back, the rear pillars are coming redesigned, while the exhaust tips will be nicely integrated in the lower segment of the bumper. The wheel options include standard 18-inch version and available 20-inch model.
As for the interior, it will be more driver-oriented, but without changes to the basic layout. To provide better comfort, the door armrest will be positioned higher. To improve the quietness in the cabin, this model will come with an acoustic glass on the XLT and higher trim levels, along with the engine subframe mounts designed to reduce the vibration. The infotainment system is revised, and now it will have touch sensitive buttons. The Platinum trim will have some interior upgrades such as the front seats covered with Nirvana leather, 10-inch digital instrument cluster display and 500-watt Sony Audio System with live acoustics and clear phase to eliminate sound dispersion throughout the cabin.
2016 Ford Explorer Review
Standard safety features include a lane-keeping system, rain-sensing wipers, blind spot monitoring, cross traffic alert, inflatable rear safety belts, auto high beams and Active Park assist. Other features include Active grille shutters, air curtains for drag reduction, smart charging USB, hands-free liftgate and much more. Most drivers will be pleased even with features in base version but with higher trims this car almost goes to the luxury level.
The 2016 Ford Explorer will be powered with a brand-new 2.3-liter, EcoBoost, four-cylinder engine. The turbocharged four-banger will replace a 2.0-liter engine EcoBoost as the available unit for the base, XLT and Limited trims. The new powerplant will be able to deliver 12.5% more hp and 11% more torque compared to the previous EcoBoost four-cylinder. The 2.0-liter engine rated at 240 hp and 270 pound-feet of torque, while the 2.3-liter engine should produce around 270 hp and 300 pound-feet of torque but we could see this unit capable of pumping even more than 300 hp.
The other engines will be the same as in the current Explorer. The base, XLT and Limited models will be powered with a 3.5-liter V-6 as standard, while a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 will be under the hood of the Explorer Sport and the new Platinum series. First one will have 290 hp and 255 pound-feet of torque, and other one will deliver 365 hp and 350 pound-feet of torque. Both of these engines will be mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. For better ride quality we also have the Terrain Management system and it will have four terrain modes: normal, mud, snow and sand.
The new 2016 Ford Explorer should go on sale any time soon. Although, the company made many improvements on its new Explorer, the base price will remain the same. The price for the base model will be $30,700 and will go up to $52,600 for the Platinum version. Its main rivals are the Jeep Grand Cherokee and the Dodge Durango. The things that you have to love about the new Explorer are certainly its new luxury Platinum model, new bold and rugged looks, updated technology and a brand-new EcoBoost engine in the lineup.