The 2014 Los Angeles Motor Show saw Ford unveiling the 2016 edition of its Explorer SUV with a new 2.3-litre EcoBoost four-cylinder engine. This engine is a replacement for the previously installed 2.0-litre unit. And while the new engine is about 12.5 percent more powerful and produces 11 percent more torque, Ford claims that the fuel efficiency figure has remained similar to the 2.0-litre engine. So, this new 2.3-litre EcoBoost powermill churns out 270 horsepower and 407 Nm of torque. Fuel efficiency figure is said to hover around 28 miles per gallon (11.25 kmpl) mark on the highway.
The 2.3 EcoBoost will make way on the base, XLT and Limited trim levels. The standard model will be powered by a 3.5-litre V6 unit that would churn out 290 horsepower and 346 Nm of torque. The standard and platinum models would receive a 3.5-litre EcoBoost engine that would produce 365-horsepower. All engines are mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. All trim levels would receive a four-wheel drive option.
Matt Zuehlk, Ford Explorer brand manager said, “Bringing Explorer Platinum to market is a natural extension of the Explorer lineup, giving our customers even more of what they want. There’s a market for more upscale SUVs, as 90 percent of today’s Explorer Sport buyers purchase the most expensive package available. That’s a strong signal customers are ready for Platinum.”
Even more smart technology – that’s what customers will get with the new Ford Explorer. It offers more technologies than previous models – features that enhance the driving experience. These include:
- Front and rear cameras with washers: Both front and rear cameras have wide-angle lenses and come equipped with a washer – an industry-first
- Enhanced active park assist with perpendicular park assist, park-out assist and semi- automatic parallel parking: The system uses ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering to help drivers with parallel parking and perpendicular parking maneuvers.
- Enhanced active park assist now includes park-out assist to help a driver pull out of parallel parking spots. The system controls the steering wheel, while the driver operates the accelerator and brake pedals, and shifts the vehicle into gear
- Smart-charging USB ports throughout: Located in the front and rear of the vehicle are USB ports to charge smart devices
- Hands-free liftgate: A customer need only kick his or her leg below the center of the rear bumper to unlock and raise the liftgate
Industry-exclusive 500-watt Sony Audio System: Explorer Platinum will be the first Ford vehicle to get an all-new 500-watt Sony Audio System with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology
- Active Grille Shutters: Upper and lower fascia openings close at highway speeds to reduce drag. At low speeds, the shutters open to deliver airflow to cool the powertrain. Shutters allow for larger front end openings to cool the engine while reducing drag
- Air curtains: Standard air curtains create a high-pressure region of air that impacts the outer surface of the wheels and tires. The result is airflow held close to the vehicle body, minimizing drag
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