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2016 Ford Explorer Platinum Reveal

At a private media gatheringĀ in LA, Ford took the wraps off its next generation Explorer, specifically, in new Platinum trim. Seeing demand in the premium SUV market, Ford has delivered a competitor to the Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit and GMC Yukon Denali.

 

Starting with the visual changes for all 2016 Explorers:

– New front fascia, including grille, LED headlights, and foglamps

– Smaller A-pillar for better visibility

– New integrated exhaust

– Sculpted hood

– Redesigned rear spoiler

– Reduced drag thanks to the new design

 

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Performance wise, there’s a new available 2.3 liter Ecoboost 4 cylinder from the Mustang with 310hp and 320 lb ft of torque. that can tow up to 3000lbs.

 

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As for new tech:

– Intelligent 4WD system that delivers torque dynamically where needed

– Full digital instrument cluster

– Sony sound system

– 180-degree front and rear camera system

 

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The Platinum Trim checks the boxes for all the above (except the 2.3 liter engine), plus:

– the 3.5 liter Ecoboost V6 from the Explorer Sport (365hp and 420 lb-ft of torque)

– new 20-inch alloy wheels

– satin chrome trim on the grille, fenders, door handles, roof rack, and rear diffuser

– hands-free power lift gate

– the first “brushed aluminum oval” to appear on any Ford (found on the steering wheel)

– Nirvana leather

– real ash wood

– heated steering wheel

– leather-wrapped everything

 

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Ford has yet to release pricing, but expect it to knock on the door of $60k when it goes on sale in the summer of 2015

Miles Branman

Miles Branman is the Content Manager and Writer for Fast Lane Daily, the longest running automotive news show on the internet.

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