Ford is increasing the Explorer lineup with three extra trim variants for the 2021 mannequin yr. The transfer ought to solidify Explorer’s standing because the best-selling mid- or full-size SUV within the U.S.
First up is the Fanatic ST, a lower-cost various to the present Explorer ST. Basically a rear-wheel drive model of the performance-focused Explorer ST, it shares the identical 400-horsepower twin-turbo EcoBoost V6, 10-speed automated transmission, tuned sport suspension and electronically restricted 143 mph prime velocity. Priced at $49,995 together with $1,245 vacation spot, it’s $4,080 inexpensive than the common Explorer ST.
Ford says the ST is liable for practically 20% of Explorer gross sales, and the Fanatic ST’s lowered MSRP ought to convey extra followers of sporting driving dynamics into the ST fold. Fortunately, Ford resisted the urge to low cost out on the main points. The Fanatic ST packs the identical leather-based seating, heated sport steering wheel, paddle shifters and 12.3-inch digital cluster as the unique Explorer ST. Likewise, the outside will get the identical 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, quad chrome exhaust ideas and side-view mirrors with ST projection lamps.
The usual Class III Trailer Tow Bundle offers towing functionality of as much as 5,600 kilos. Nonetheless, it doesn’t embody the ST’s normal 401 Gear bundle, which means no 12-speaker B&O audio system or heated second-row seats. Nonetheless, for those who can dwell with out all-wheel drive, it’s a heck of a deal.
Rear-drive-only Explorer Platinum Saves $2,000
The highest-tier Explorer Platinum additionally provides a rear-wheel drive variant. Following an identical tact because the ST, it retains the Platinum’s normal turbocharged 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 and ten-speed automated transmission however knocks $2,000 off the bottom MSRP for giving up all-wheel drive. Beginning at $53,725 together with freight, you continue to get the Platinum’s trademark decrease bodyside cladding, roof-rack facet rails, distinctive grille and twin-panel sunroof. Because of the leather-clad seats, steering wheel, dashboard and armrests on the within, your passengers won’t ever know you took a thrifty detour on the seller.
Lastly, the hybrid powertrain has expanded to the Platinum trim. Priced beginning at $54,330, it’s $1,395 much less expensive than the usual Explorer Platinum. Though we don’t have EPA gas effectivity numbers for the brand new Explorer Platinum hybrid but, the 2021 Explorer Restricted hybrid all-wheel drive affords a negligible 2 mpg enchancment over the 23 mpg ranking of the common Explorer Restricted. On the very least, it lets patrons combine a bit environmental consciousness with their hedonism.
Order books for the Explorer Fanatic ST, rear-wheel-drive Platinum and Platinum hybrid are open now, and automobiles ought to start arriving in showrooms this summer time.
Explorer is the No. 11 vendor total amongst about 300 fashions within the U.S. and the best-selling medium- or full-size SUV within the first quarter of 2021, with gross sales of 65,244 automobiles, up 16% over 2020, in accordance with Motor Intelligence. Three compact SUVs promote higher: Toyota RAV4, Honda CR-V and Nissan Rogue. However they don’t have the revenue margins of Explorer or the trade’s best-selling Ford F-Collection pickup.