There were a lot of surprises when the new 2016 Ford Explorer was first unveiled; from the engine to the premium styling, all the information revealed seems to be pointing towards a total revamping of the explorer as it is known today. The best selling SUV in America’s history, the Ford explorer is expected to continue the streak of success it has garnered over the years, offering exceptional performance and the quality build that has sustained the model’s popularity over a period of 25 years.
The 2016 Ford Explorer has an exterior design expected to maintain the spirit of its predecessors, manifesting changes that, while subtle, will result in an unexpected transformation. The LED headlights are thinner, the fog lights U-shaped and the Mesh grille somewhat lifted.
Fans can expect a redesign for the taillights and rear spoiler, the roof rack at the top also spotting chutes designed to lead rainwater away.
With 20 inch wheels, the new Ford Explorer is also going to be one of the most technologically advanced, availing front and rear cameras with washers that should promote safety. A park assist is available to simplify the parallel parking process, this not even taking into account conventional features such as the blind spot information system, cross traffic alert and lane keeping assist.
The New Explorer will have a capacity of 8 passengers; and with refined accents and stitched arm rests, the cabin enjoys a surprisingly upscale feel; the buttons for the infortainment system (which are real, complementing the operations of the touch screen display) further cement this spirit. Depending on the version, drivers might encounter a heated steering wheel, ash wood finishes and so much more.
If there is one egregious failure to complain about, it is the size, with the cabin feeling somewhat smaller in comparison to the previous Ford Explorer.
2016 Ford Explorer Engine
Ford Explorer enthusiasts can expect encounter various engine options depending on the Explorer version in question. The base model will boast a 2.3L EcoBoost engine unit with 270hp and a torque exceeding 300lb. The specs regarding the Explorer’s engine are little more than speculation at the moment, however.
The vehicle is expected to maintain its predecessor’s six speed automatic transmission, with All Wheel Drive and Front Wheel Drive options.
2016 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
The new 2016 Ford Explorer should be available on the market for purchase by the end of 2015; and while the information regarding pricing is still little more than rumors, professionals in the automobile industry expect the price tag to float around the $30,000 mark.