Text: Anton Andres / Photos: Ford | posted June 12, 2015 06:58
First batch now en route to dealerships in America
After its debut in the Los Angeles Auto Show, the order books opened for the updated Explorer in May. Ford has ramped up production for the 2016 Explorer and the first batch is now on the way to dealerships in North America.
The updated Ford Explorer features a new front fascia. It is now more in line with the rest of Ford's SUV and pickup truck lineup. The redesigned front end also features a new grill and larger fog light housings. The rear tail lights get updated clusters and new wheel designs are now available.
The 2016 Explorer also gets an updated interior. Ford has revised its infotainment system with the SYNC 2 and new interior trims are now available. Ford will also be releasing a new top of the line variant called the Platinum, first seen in the Ford Expedition.
The 3.5 V6 and 3.5 V6 Ecoboost engines are unchanged for 2016. A major change in the engine lineup involves the Ecoboost 2.0 engine. The 2.0 turbo has been replaced by the new 2.3 liter Ecoboost engine similarly found in the 2015 Mustang. All Explorers are paired with a 6 speed automatic transmission.
Ford builds all Explorers in their Chicago plant and the company has ramped up Explorer production after a 24% sales increase over last year's figures. Ford sold over 54,000 Explorers to export markets including the Philippines last year.