2018 Ford Explorer Gets The Lightest Of Refreshes To Stay At The Top Of The SUV Segment

Apr 18, 2017 06:50 AM EDT | Anthony Hunter

The mid-size the-row 2018 Ford Explorer just lies above the two-row Escape, EcoSport, and Edge when it comes in size. In the automaker's SUV and crossover lineup, the new 2018 Explorer is priced alongside the three-row Flex, but just below the bigger three-row Expedition.

For 2018, the new Explorer has been further updated, giving customers freshened front and rear styling details, even much better technologies and a lot of choices. The vehicle will offer an available 4G embedded modem that has a Wi-Fi spot and supports as many as ten devices at once - up to 50 ft. away from the car.

The 2018 Ford Explorer also offers SYNC Connect, which allows drivers to connect to the vehicle remotely via FordPass to start, lock, unlock and locate the car anywhere. The technology also has existing features like enhance active park assist, which has ultrasonic sensors and electric power-assisted steering wheel to help drivers with parallel and perpendicular parking.

In addition, there are also some aesthetic changes for the new Explorer. There is a little tweak done to the front and rear fascia. The grille is also brand new, as is the fog lamp assembly. The powerful engine also gains four tailpipes. Five brand new wheel designs are also offered. Ford also offers the new Explorer with four new paint colors. Cinnamon glaze, burgundy velvet tinted clearcoat, blue metallic, and platinum dune tricoat.

Under the hood, the Explorer's engine remains unchanged. The base 3.5-liter V6 produces 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque. The midrange offers a 2.3-liter turbocharged I4 that makes 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. For customers who wants a powerful engine, there's a 3.5-liter turbocharged V6 that makes 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque.

The brand new 2018 Ford Explorer will go on sale fall 2017. Similar to the ongoing Explorer, it will be built at the Chicago Assembly Plant located in Illinois.


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