Ford Explorer is a mid-size SUV manufactured by Ford Motor Company since 1991 but was later redesigned in 2013 to become a mid-size crossover SUV. Survived through 5 generations of market presence and evolution, the Ford Explorer has had its share of controversies, evolution, and developments, only to emerge better and stronger as a brand every time, so much so that Ford has introduced the Explorer Crossover SUV to markets throughout the globe.
2017 Ford Explorer – Changes and Design
The 2017 Ford Explorer will be a redesigned version of the current 2015 Explorer, with expected changes in cosmetics, suspension, and safety, etc. Riding on 20-inch aluminum alloy wheels, 2017 Ford Explorer will supposedly receive a whole range of brand new cosmetic upgrades like a revised front and rear bumpers, redesigned hood, new front air intake grille, redesigned chrome plated rear exhausts and redesigned pillars. Latest LED technology has been incorporated in both front and rear lights, paving the way for a butch design. The five-door midsize crossover SUV features a standard 3 row of seating arrangement, with seven adult passenger seating capability. Instead of the standard leather upholstery offered on all SUVs of this segment, 2017 Explorer will be equipped with cloth upholstery. Higher trim levels will, however, receive aluminum and wooden additions to the cabin. Six way electronically adjustable front seats with heating and massage options are available on higher trim levels.
2017 Ford Explorer – Power Train Offerings and Fuel Economy
Three power train offerings will be made as per different trim levels: A 3.5 liter V6 unit, with enough steam to produce 290 horsepower and 346 Newton meters of torque. This will be available on XLT and Limited trim levels. The same 3.5 liter V6 unit only tuned to produce a greater 365 horsepower and 475 Newton meters of torque. Platinum and Sports edition of 2017 Ford Explorer will receive these beasts.A more fuel-efficient 2.3 liter inline 4 unit, capable of generating 270 horsepower and 407 Newton meters will be offered for the base models, XLT, and Limited versions. All trim levels will be equipped with a six-speed automatic transmission, which will deliver power to front axles as a standard, and an optional four-wheel drive system will be available on lower trim levels. The manufacturer has confirmed a combined 22 miles per gallon fuel economy for the smaller four cylinders 2.3-liter unit. No other news about the economy of other two units has been revealed yet.
2017 Ford Explorer – Other Feature
Ford Explorer will receive some state of the art technology and safety suite including a massive 8-inch touchscreen display interface for access to all of the vehicle’s electronic and vital functions. Safety features include adaptive cruise control, automatic high beam, lane departure warning, forward collision warning, blind collision warning, and brake priming. Keyless ignition and entry, rear parking sensors and rear entertainment system from part of the technology package being offered on ford explorer.
2017 Ford Explorer – Price and Availability
The 2017 Ford Explorer will go up against Toyota Highlander, Nissan Pathfinder, Jeep Grand Cherokee amongst others with a base price tag of around $30,000. The SUV will hit markets in the latter half of 2016.