The Wind City event will be packing some neat vehicle introductions and among them Ford will count on the 2017 Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package.

This is essentially a new version to be featured in the range in between the Explorer XLT and Explorer Limited, the 2017 Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package has received some minor design tweaks – for example we have Magnetic Gray accents on the grille, mirrors, and rear tailgate. The crossover has also gained Ebony Black body cladding, a roof rack, and 20-inch alloy wheels with a Magnetic Gray touch. There is also some pretty obvious “Explorer” badging on the hood in case anyone mistook the identity of the vehicle. The cabin features a more upscale styling as the company has fitted two-tone seats with Dark Earth Gray leather bolsters and Dark Earth Gray Miko suede inserts. Also present is Umber contrast stitching, some suede door inserts, and Explorer-branded floor mats. The XLT-moniker derivative means the model also packs such goodies as the SYNC 3 infotainment system, n Intelligent Access system with push-button start and a 10-way power driver’s seat.

Motivation is provided by the 3.5-liter V6 engine churning out 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque –mated to a six-speed automatic transmission the powertrain can be had with an optional all-wheel drive system as well. The pricing for the Explorer XLT Sport Appearance Package will be revealed closer to launch, which has been tipped for the summer.


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