Explorer is slotted between full-size Ford Expedition and midsize CUV Ford Edge. The 2018 Ford Explorer is the latest offering from the car manufacturer. It made its initial appearance back in 1991. Till 2010, it followed a traditional body on frame midsize SUV platform. Since 2011, it has been based on a crossover platform. The Explorer moved to a unibody full-size crossover SUV platform in 2011. This is the same platform used by Ford Taurus and Ford Flex, although Explorer has better ground clearance.
Being the next car that Ford will launch, the most interesting thing about 2018 model year of Explorer is that this new model will come with Rear Wheel Drive system, just like it used to be.
With the advent of Lincoln brand, Ford Explorer received several premium touches. Also, it was changed to a Front Wheel Drive model at that time. Now, Ford has decided to make the Explorer an RWD vehicle again, it comes as a new generation of RWD SUV from Ford.
Exterior and Interior of 2018 Ford Explorer
Presently, there is not any news indicating how Ford Explorer 2018 might look like. Having said that, there are high chances that the appearance will not be altered that much. This is because Ford is known to focus more on core and performance than on exterior looks. However, there are still possibilities of some light cosmetic tough to give the exterior a refreshed look. With this design, the new Explorer gets the same feel as that of Dodge Durango.
Just like the exterior, even its interior will not include many significant changes. The premium design and styling of Platinum shall remain intact, as Lincoln brand will also be joining the project. Some changes to the dashboard might be the most noticeable change in its cabin. Latest technology should be available along with the 4.3-inch display. 2018 Ford Explorer could incorporate an entirely digital dashboard along with touchscreen media system.
2018 Ford Explorer – Engine Specification
Under the hood of this vehicle, there will be a range of V6 EcoBoost engines.
- First of all, there is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four cylinder engine, which generates around 280 hp along with 310 lb-ft of torque.
- A 3.5-liter V6 is another engine option of 2018 Ford Explorer, and it generates 290 hp and 255 lb-ft of torque.
- There is also a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine with as much as 365 hp of output along with 350 lb-ft of torque.
All engines will be paired with a six-speed automatic transmission unit. Expect an impressive fuel economy of 26 mpg for a highway drive.
2018 Ford Explorer – Price and Availability
Ford hasn’t yet announced any release date for Ford Explorer 2018. However, you can expect this new model to arrive by the end of 2017 or early in 2018. It is anticipated to have a starting price of around $32,000. Toyota Highlander and Honda Pilot are its main competitors.