Ford unveils Explorer Platinum upscale trim for 2016 model year image

The second largest US automaker has recently unveiled the first details and images of the 2016 Explorer Platinum, a more upscale version of the sport utility vehicle.

The 2016 Explorer Platinum is tipped for dealer arrival within a month and will act as the flagship version of the Explorer range. It comes with a leather-wrapped interior, multi-adjustable front seats wrapped in Nirvana leather, an industry-first 500-watt Sony Audio System, driver assist technologies and with the 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine under the hood. Calling the model the best-selling SUV in the US during the past two and a half decade, Ford treats the customers to a new Explorer with the Platinum trim combining elements of the Sport and Limited trim levels.

“Platinum is the ultimate expression of refinement,” said Mike Arbaugh, Ford Explorer chief designer. “This is the most upscale, high-quality interior we’ve ever offered on a Ford vehicle in North America.”

The exterior of the Platinum model comes with LED headlights, silver aluminum-looking skid plates, a dual-panel moonroof and 20-inch two-tone alloys. The interior features even more modifications, with the already mentioned leather-wrap and a first for any Ford model – a big 10-inch digital display enhanced with analog displays. Other details include a brushed-aluminum Ford oval sitting on the steering wheel, the brand new 500-watt Sony Audio with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase tech and a host of smart features such as active park assist, lane-keeping system and front and back cameras with washers.

Power comes courtesy of the standard 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 coming from the Sport trim and delivering 365 horsepower 350 lb-ft (474 Nm) of torque, mated to a six speed automatic transmission and the standard all-wheel drive system.