Yes, there's a new Ford Explorer coming by 2020, but that hasn't stopped the American automaker from giving it one last hurrah. Just before the all-new model debuts, Ford Philippines has introduced the second facelift of the Explorer, albeit quietly.
So, what's the difference? A passing glance doesn't show much but a closer look does reveal some changes. For 2019, there's a new grill and front bumper. The new grill has more slats and has been slightly modified for the facelift version. Also noticeable are the foglights, which replace the C-shaped units with smaller L-shaped ones.
More eagle-eyed viewers will also notice a new center air intake. Whereas last year's Explorer had honeycomb trim, the new one returns to more conventional slats. Lastly, Ford added a trim piece that's be the lower apron of the large crossover. As for the rear, the trapezoidal exhaust tips make way for quad pipes, at least for the top of the line Sport variant. The rest of the body carries over unchanged.
Like the exterior, tweaks to the cabin are largely minor. Materials are slightly upgraded this year and there's an updated infotainment system. It's still the Microsoft-based Sync 3 software but it too has been updated to accommodate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Engines options and variants on the other hand have been retained. It starts with the Limited model with its 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine. The Limited is front-wheel drive and makes 274 PS and 408 Nm of torque. The Sport remains to be the top spec model thanks to its 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 and all-wheel drive. Power ratings are the same at 370 PS and 475 Nm of torque. Both engines are paired to a six-speed automatic transmission
Prices for the 2019 Ford Explorer are as follows:
Ford Explorer Limited 2.3 EcoBoost (2WD): Php 2,798,000
Ford Explorer Sport 3.5 EcoBoost (AWD): Php 3,178,000