With the SUV market still growing, Ford is looking to offer sensible updates in its models – among them the big Explorer, just in time for the arrival at the New York Auto Show.
From now on the 2018 Explorer Platinum and the 2018 Explorer Sport add front and rear design upgrades – quad exhaust tips, for example, as well as a raft of technology and safety updates. Apparently, the SUV segment has surged from 28 percent in 2006 to 40 percent in 2016 and could reach up to 45 percent in the next five-to-seven years, according to Ford officials. So the Explorer gets these upgrades to keep up with consumer demands. For example it adds 4G modems that become WiFi hotspots for up to 10 devices at once.
There’s also a new Safe and Smart package for the 2016 Explorer adding perks such as cross-traffic alert, lane-keep assist, blind-spot warning and adaptive cruise control, bundled together instead of having to option them independently like on the 2017 version. Ford is pushing hard into the SUV segment, with five new SUVs in North America by 2020, such as the new Bronco, a 300-mile electric model, or the refreshed EcoSport. The refreshed 2018 Explorer has numerous powertrain options – 2.3-liter Ecoboost four-cylinder, 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, and a second 3.5-liter, naturally aspirated.