Ford Explorer is the best selling SUV. Ford in a span of 27 years sold over 7 million Explorers just in the U.S. Current generation is already seven years old, but it did receive a major facelift for 2016. That was the first one, but it won’t be the last one. Before next generation comes out, Ford prepared one more facelift. And the 2018 Ford Explorer updates aren’t just about its looks.
2018 Ford Explorer – Updates
But before we get to other changes, the first thing noticeable is refreshed front fascia. Now it carries slightly different dynamic grille, while Ford also revised LED headlights and LED fog lights. The buyer can now choose between five new wheel designs, four new color options while Sport trim finally receives quad exhaust pipes. The inside has even fewer changes. To be precise, there are no changes, but only a few new colors. But on the tech side, Ford prepared newly available option, 4G modem. It enables a Wi-Fi hotspot just like 4G LTE.
2018 Ford Explorer – Same Engines
When it comes to powertrain, there is no single change. Explorer will continue to use the newly added 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline 4-cylinder turbo engine with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Next one in line is a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 horsepower. The most powerful option is 3.5-liter V6 but with two turbos the amount of horsepower climbs to 365. FWD is standard while AWD is optional. All engines come with a six-speed automatic transmission.
2018 Ford Explorer – New Safety Package
Ford also simplified safety options. While now they are scattered across Explorer lineup, for 2018 model year they all bundled into one. This option will include forward collision warning, adaptive cruise control with lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, as well as automatic high beams and rain sensor wipers. At this moment it is unknown how high will the number on the price tag be, but it’s better than to choose several pricey options to get all of them like now. But it won’t be available on base Explorer, only on XLT, Limited and Sport, while with Platinum selection it arrives as standard. While speaking of safety, Explorer struggles with small overlap crash test where in the last five years receives “M” (Marginal) score. And we don’t think that Ford will look into it until next generation arrives.
2018 Ford Explorer – Release Date
New SUV will be available this fall. The pricing options are still not available, but with these modest updates, we don’t think that price will go much higher than current. And this is another step to further establish Explorer in the likes of Mazda CX-9, GMC Acadia, and Honda Pilot. Maybe the all new Volkswagen Atlas can take away some buyers from Ford.