2018 Ford Explorer review, redesign, price, specs, release date – The Explorer is the best-selling SUV in United States from Ford, and its next year model would come with better design compared to its previous versions. There would be quite a few changes in the exterior, interior and engine of this car. Customers can expect more space for people and luggage within the vehicle. In the full-size crossover segment, it is expected to give tougher competition to rivals from most brands. This next generation model, the new Ford Explorer 2018 will have significant modifications.
2018 Ford Explorer redesign
The car would be more lightweight than its predecessor, due to the use of aluminum which would automatically reduce its bulk. The reduced weight is expected to enhance the effectiveness of the vehicle improve its rate and make it more powerful. This 7-passenger SUV will be more forceful and streamlined in its new shape. The front grille will be changed, with updating of the headlamps, face lifted taillights and a more improved framework.
The wheels are expected to be shimmerier, and the low weight would improve fuel economy. There are Active Grille Shutters system for better aerodynamics and lower fuel consumption. Just like its predecessor it will be available in five trim levels: Base, XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum.
The 2018 Ford Explorer will come with high quality seats that accommodate as many as 7 passengers, and offer excellent comfort all the way. There will be excellent technological benefits, such as a dashboard updated with a large improved touch screen display. The audio system (500-watt Sony audio with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase) and a projection system will be there, which can be controlled with the display. There would be remote accessibility features like Bluetooth system, air conditioning system for comfort and other additions. For easy maneuvering and parking, there will be available front and rear cameras with enhanced Active Park assist system.
When we talk about safety features there are AdvancedTrac system with Roll Stability Control, Curve Control, Safety Canopy airbags, Adaptive cruise control system with collision warning and brake support, Lane-keeping system, Blind spot information system (BLIS), Cross-traffic alert, Auto high-beams and many more.
New Ford Explorer 2018 specs
There will be three engine choices in this car. The 3.5-liter V6 motor from the predecessor will continue to be used in the new Ford Explorer 2018, and it would be capable of producing peak torque of 255 pounds per feet and maximum power of 290 hp. One of the additional choices will be in the form of the 2.3-liter Eco-Boost power mill that would offer maximum torque of 270 pounds per feet and peak power of 240 hp. The third engine option will be the 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged Eco-Boost V6 engine, capable of producing maximum torque of 350 pounds per feet and peak power of 365 hp.
The car is expected to be an all wheel drive or a front wheel drive. All models will be equipped with 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on steering wheel. Maximum towing capacity depends on chosen engine and additional equipment. That means that maximum towing for 3.5-liter engines should be around 5,000 pounds while Explorer with 2.3-liter EcoBoost engine and optional towing package should have maximum tow rating around 3,000 pounds.
2018 Ford Explorer price and release date
The price of the new Ford Explorer 2018 is likely to start around $32,000 for base model with FWD and V6 engine. Price should go up to around $54,000 for top Platinum model and 2.3-liter engine Although the manufacturer has not yet revealed when the car would be officially released, there is speculation that it will come in fall 2017. Main rivals for the 2018 Ford Explorer should be Nissan Pathfinder, Honda Pilot, Toyota Highlander, Dodge Durango, Chevy Traverse and Hyundai Santa Fe.