Ford on Monday revealed an updated version of the Ford Explorer, its iconic midsize SUV that was first introduced in the 1990. The refresh of the Explorer comes just two years after Ford updated the Explorer. It also will be offered in four new colors and with five new wheel choices.
2018 Ford Explorer Exterior and Interior
The XLT Sport Appearance package adds 20-inch Magnetic Gray wheels, a Magnetic Gray grille, mirror caps, and rear applique, Ebony Black body side cladding, a black roof rack, and an Explorer hood badge. Inside, the new package will add Dark Earth Gray leather front seats, Dark Earth Gray Miko suede for seat backs and inserts with an Umber scrim and door trim inserts, Umber contrast stitching, and Explorer logo floor mats.
2018 Ford Explorer Under the Hood
Ford offers the Explorer in five different trim levels including the base, XLT, Limited, Sport, and Platinum. Power comes from a 3.5-liter V-6 engine for the base, XLT, and Limited, with the 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost I-4 engine available. For the Sport and Platinum models, power comes in the form of a 3.5-liter twin-turbo V-6. All engine options will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission.
For 2018, Ford Explorer also offers a newly available Safe and Smart Package that combines high-demand driver-assist features for a great value. The package includes:
- Adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support uses radar to detect moving vehicles directly ahead, and changes cruising speed if necessary
- Blind Spot Information System uses radar to trigger a warning when another motorist is in the driver’s blind spot
- Cross-traffic alert uses radar to help alert drivers to oncoming traffic when backing out of a parking space
- Lane-keeping system automatically detects left- and right-hand road lane markings using front camera system. A vibration in the steering wheel alerts the driver if the vehicle begins to drift out of its lane. System can also provide steering torque to help guide the vehicle back into the lane if needed
- Auto high-beams use windshield-mounted cameras to automatically switch between high-beam and low-beam settings when oncoming traffic is detected
- Rain-sensing wipers
The 2018 Explorer arrives at dealerships in fall 2017. It is built at Chicago Assembly Plant.