The current model of the Explorer has been around since 2011 and since the time of its release it didn’t change that much, so this 7 passenger SUV is starting to shows its age. This is the main reason for the announcement of the 2016 Ford Explorer which is most likely going to feature a lot of cool new things such as an even bigger interior, not only more powerful but also more fuel efficient engines as well as a slightly lower asking price for the base Ford Explorer 2016.
2016 Ford Explorer redesign
On the exterior, the 2016 Ford Explorer will be getting mostly cosmetic changes rather than a full redesign. This means the front grille will be replaced with a more up to date one while both the headlights and tail lights will use the new LED technology. The new Ford Explorer 2016 comes in 10 different colors: Guard, Absolute Black, Bronze Fire Metallic, Caribou, Blue Jeans, Magnetic, White Platinum Metallic, Ruby Red Metallic, Ingot Silver and Oxford White.
The interior will be quite similar to the new Expedition in terms of design and space but it will be more feature packed than the Expedition. This means satellite navigation, a 500 Watt speaker system as well as an infotainment system will be standard on all models. There will be room for 7 passengers while buyers of top models could chose two captain chairs in second row, which lowers number of passengers by one.
Ford Explorer 2016 specs
Engine wise, the new 2016 Ford Explorer is likely to ditch the old engines in the favor of more powerful as well as more fuel efficient ones. The base model of this seven passenger SUV is likely to get the 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine which will boast at least 270 horsepower and at least 270 lb-ft of torque. The other two engines are both 3.5-liter V-6 with two different technologies. First one has iVCT technology with sequential multiport electronic fuel delivery and it is able to deliver around 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. Other engine is direct injected from EcoBoost family which is able to produce around 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque. The Ford Explorer 2016 is available only with 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission.
2016 Ford Explorer Release date and Price
The price for the base 2016 Ford Explorer is likely to start now at lower than $30,000 making from the Explorer a really nice deal especially when you compare it with other seven passenger SUV vehicles. The Ford Explorer 2016 in Platinum trim level 4WD and 3.5 V6 engine will cost around $52,000, which is a high price bump over the base car. The release date is expected to be in summer of 2015 when it will be launched alongside the Expedition as the flagships of Ford’s SUV range.
|Base||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||FWD||$30.700|
|Base||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||4WD||$32.700|
|XLT||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||FWD||$33.400|
|XLT||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||4WD||$35.400|
|Limited||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||FWD||$41.300|
|Limited||3.5L Ti-VCT V6||4WD||$43.300|
|Sport||3.5L EcoBoost V6||4WD||$43.300|
|Platinum||3.5L EcoBoost V6||4WD||$52.600|