2016 Ford Explorer Redesign and New Feature – The Explorer is the SUV that started the craz and it’s still a contender, thanks to a premium interior with seating for seven, high-tech features, and solid mechanicals. It’s standard with front-wheel drive and a 290-hp V-6; a 2.0-liter turbo four and all-wheel drive are optional. There’s also a 365-hp turbocharged V-6 Sport with a specially tuned chassis for those who want more “S” in their SUV. While the Explorer offers a quiet cabin and a solid ride, it somehow feels even larger than it is.
The 2016 Explorer won’t likely look much different from the current model and should continue to offer seven-passenger seating. Photos of recent Explorer prototypes suggest a stronger, squarer front end with narrow headlamps, a wide-slatted grille and more angular LED taillamps. The current 3.5-liter V6 base engine should carry over, with added tweaks for improved efficiency (the current V6 makes 290 horsepower and returns 20 mpg combined).
Another possible engine option is the 2.7-liter EcoBoost model slated for the forthcoming F-150, while a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder — the same engine intended as a choice for the new Mustang — will likely replace the current 2.0-liter version. A six-speed automatic transmission should come standard, along with front- and all-wheel-drive options.(2016 Ford Explorer Redesign and New Feature)
The Explorer will almost certainly use aluminum in its body panels to help reduce overall weight. Fordused the expensive, lightweight metal to shed around 700 pounds from the forthcoming F-150 pickup. The Explorer won’t lose that much mass, but even 200 or 300 fewer pounds should help deliver impressive gains at the pump.
2016 Ford Explorer Redesign
This is a refresh, not a full redesign, but the Explorer does get a tougher-looking front end and LED lighting in place of the outgoing models for car-like styling. The LED’s heat sinks are actually visible, giving the lighting units a more technical look.
The Explorer’s new front styling positions the grille and headlamps higher than the 2015 model in an effort to give the Explorer a more rugged appearance. The headlights are standard LED low beams and available LED fog lamps and LED signature lighting. Up top, a redesigned roof rack and rear spoiler improve aerodynamics. Other aero-improving features include active grille shutters that open and close at highway speeds to reduce drag.
An available hands-free liftgate used in other Ford SUVs like the Escape is new for the Explorer this year. With the feature, a kick of the leg under the bumper triggers the power liftgate when your hands are full of groceries or other items. You also may recognize the feature from the Lincoln MKC.
One thing you won’t have to use your hands for anymore is to clean the backup camera lens when it’s dirty. A front and rear camera washer is an industry first, according to Ford, and the Explorer comes with the self-cleaning backup camera standard.
Stepping up to the Platinum trim level adds a bevy of exterior features. In a release, Ford says one in five Explorer Sport (previously the top trim) buyers have owned a luxury vehicle, and that they typically purchase the most-expensive trim package available, signaling to Ford that buyers were ready for a Platinum version. Platinum Explorers have unique LED headlight lighting, a standard dual-panel moonroof, silver-painted front and rear skid plates plus 20-inch wheels and an integrated exhaust with chrome bezels designed to reduce the appearance of soot collecting at the vehicle’s rear. (2016 Ford Explorer Redesign and New Feature)
Joining the multimedia system’s additional buttons for 2016 are what Ford calls “smart-charging USB ports” located in the vehicle’s front and rear. What’s different about these is that they’re capable of charging devices two-times faster than before.
The 2016 Explorer is fitted with more features to help reduce noise, vibration and harshness inside the passenger compartment. New tires, door seals, subframe mounts and available acoustic glass up front are ways Ford is making the Explorer a more peaceful place to ride and drive. Rear passengers may be at the most peace with increased second-row legroom helped by next- generation front seats. Platinum trim levels receive the high-end treatment with additional sound-deadening provisions plus Nirvana leather multicontoured seats and various upscale materials throughout the interior. The dashboard, door inserts, upper door trim and armrests are all leather-wrapped, while real ash wood and brushed aluminum accents are dispersed inside. (2016 Ford Explorer Redesign and New Feature)
Under the Hood
The big news for 2016 is the small engine. The Explorer’s new turbocharged 2.3-liter four- cylinder first made an appearance in the 2015 Lincoln MKC, then the 2015 Ford Mustang and now the Explorer. With an estimated 270 hp and 300 pounds-feet of torque on tap, it’s more powerful than the former 240-hp, turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder, but Ford expects it to be just as fuel efficient: 20/28/23 mpg city/highway/combined with front-wheel drive. For the first time, the four-cylinder Ecoboost engine is now available with all-wheel drive as well as a tow package. The Explorer can be equipped with the turbocharged four-cylinder on base, XLT and Limited trim levels.
Ford retuned the Explorer’s suspension for 2016 to offer better handling and a quieter cabin as well as more differentiation among trim levels. The Explorer’s standard estimated 290-hp, 3.5- liter V-6 and available estimated 365-hp, turbocharged Ecoboost V-6 in the Sport carry over for 2016. Platinum models use the Sport’s 365-hp V-6 and all-wheel drive.
2016 Ford Explorer New Feature
Ford has also introduced the new Platinum trim level for buyers wanting to go all-in with every feature and option, including the four-wheel drive Terrain Management System and dual-moonroof. Naturally it gets the range-topping EcoBoost V6, and for 2016 Ford has reworked the Explorer’s look ever-so-slightly, and soccer moms/NASCAR dads will benefit from a new external camera system and self-parking features that make parallel parking jitters a thing of the past. There’s also an increased emphasis on luxury on the inside for these top-end models, which makes Lincoln feel all the more redundant.
Not a bad look for the Explorer if you ask me, but I’m still waiting for Ford to plug in one of its hybrid systems to its larger vehicle lineup. There also isn’t mention of weight lightening or increased aluminum usage. I guess we’ll have to wait for the next redesign for that. 2016 Ford Explorer Redesign and New Feature
Reduced mass should mean better fuel economy and improved handling; abundant high-tech features and comfortable ride will likely carry over, along with three-row seating arrangement.
Current model feels big behind the wheel; turbocharged engines aren’t as fuel-efficient as their sizes indicate.
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