The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package is a popular family SUV. The sport appearance philosophy comes from the exterior appearance and interior upgrades. On the other hand, it’s fuel efficient and offers an excellent ride since the car creates its own body weight and downforce. The major rivals include Honda Civic, Jeep Grand Cherokee, GMC Acadia, Chevrolet Transverse, Ford Focus, Nissan Pathfinder and Dodge Durango.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Exterior Body Changes and Interior Cabin Design
It comes with a Magnetic Gray grille, new sets of mirror caps and LED fog lights. In addition, the SUV features a black roof rack and black body side cladding. The hood badge also gives a sporty look. Between the two taillights, there is a magnetic Grey strip. The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport is also fitted with 20- inch alloy wheels. Further; the bumper has been given a sporty look which improves the aerodynamics of the car. The front fascia is also lowered and has a chrome trimming.
The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package befits a luxury ride. It has a sitting capacity of 7 passengers. The seats are covered with dark earth grey Miko suede while the front seats bolsters are wrapped with Salerno premium leather. The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT has ample head and leg room hence passengers can comfortably fit in second and third-row seats. It has a cargo space of 21 cubic feet. When the back seat is folded, 81 cubic feet of cargo space is created. Likewise, the third-row seat comes with power-folding control.
The Ford Explorer logo is fitted on the door mats which gives it a unique look. The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package also features a 10-way power driver’s seat. Driving assistance features include; keyless ignition, power windows, cruise control, satellite radio and heated steering wheel. Entertainment features include; 12-speaker Sony unit, AM/FM/CD stereo and 6 speakers. Safety features include; blind-spot monitors and inflatable rear seat belts. Other features include; Bluetooth connectivity, 4.2-inch LCD display and cloth upholstery.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Engine and Performance
It is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 engine which gives a maximum output of 290 hp and 255 pound-ft of torque. The engine is mated to a 6-speed automatic transmission system which sends power to all wheels. It is available in two driving options; the all-wheel drive and front wheel drive. The estimated fuel economy for the front-wheel drive stands at 17 mpg in the city, 24 mpg on the highway and a combined 20 mpg.
For the all-wheel drive, it has an EPA fuel economy of 16 mpg in the city, 23 mpg on the highway and a combined 19 mpg. Therefore, the front wheel drive offers better fuel economy compared to the all-wheel drive. The powerful 6-speed transmission is more responsive to lower gears compared to the competitors.
The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package offers quick acceleration since from 0-60 mph, it takes 8 seconds. In addition, the SUV comes with 4 terrain modes which include mud, normal, snow and sand modes. They are operated using terrain management system which helps in handling different terrain conditions with ease. For stability control, it has a curve control feature which gives it better braking around the corners. It has a towing ability of a maximum of 5,000 pounds.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package – Price and Release Date
Finally, the 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package is in final stages of development. It is expected to be released in the 2nd quarter of 2017. The retail price is approximated to be around $33,400.