2016 Ford Explorer Updated for 25th Anniversary – Plano, TX
When the original Explorer was launched for 1991 it combined the right amount space and capability customers wanted in an attractive package, and the new Explorer continues that mission. To celebrate its 25th year on sale, the Ford Explorer is getting substantially updated for the 2016 model year. All-new features, fresh styling, additional powertrain options and new trim levels are being added to the bestselling SUV.
The revamped Explorer features smart technologies throughout, including front and rear wide-angle cameras with washers, enhanced active park assist, smart-charging USB ports that charge devices up to two time faster, a hands-free liftgate, active grill shutters and air curtains that help minimize drag on the outside of the vehicle.
A new EcoBoost engine will be available as an option on the 2016 Ford Explorer, adding more power with excellent fuel economy. The 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder is rated at 280 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, making it 17 percent more powerful than the 2.0-liter EcoBoost it replaces. When equipped with the new engine, the FWD Explorer still gets a best in class EPA-estimated 28 mpg on the highway.
A 3.5-liter V6 engine remains standard on base, XLT and Limited models, and the powerful 3.5 liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 comes included on Sport and Platinum models. All engines are mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
The Ford Explorer Platinum series is the latest addition to the lineup, including more upscale styling and luxury features Explorer customers have been asking for. Platinum models feature Nirvana leather with quilted stitching, brushed-aluminum and satin-finished ash wood accents, leather wrapped interior pieces, a 500-watt Sony Audio System, signature LED headlamps and 20-inch wheels.
Four-wheel drive is available with Terrain Management System, and gives great handling and traction in nearly any terrain, including snow, sand and mud using a simple dial located on the center console. Improved suspension design allows for better handling and a quieter ride, with unique tuning and parts in the Explorer Sport and Platinum models for a more dynamic driving experience.
Production of the new 2016 Explorer is already underway, and most trim levels are expected to go on sale early this summer. Platinum edition models will be introduced later in the summer. To learn more about the Explorer and other new Ford cars, trucks and SUVs, visit us at Five Star Ford of Plano, Texas.