The 2018 Ford Explorer comes with a boxy look and you cannot say that its design is inspired by Range Rover. This year it comes with only small updates, but there are some rumors that 2019-year model will get major redesign.
This 7-passenger is in a three-row crossover SUV, and it belong to class between smaller Edge and Escape and bigger Expedition that belongs to full-size SUV class. When we compare this model of Explorer, we can say that it is ready for big update because its competition is better in almost every aspect: comfort (Honda Pilot), luxury (GMC Acadia) or dynamics for fun drive (Mazda CX-9). Main competitors of the new Ford Explorer 2018 are Honda Pilot, Mazda CX-9, Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, GMC Acadia, Dodge Durango and Chevy Traverse.
2018 Ford Explorer redesign
As we said before, there is just couple of updates for the 2018-year model. There is a slightly changed design of front grille compared to 2016- refreshed model. Sport trim level comes with quad exhaust tips while all models get new wheels design. There are four new colors available: Cinnamon Glaze, Blue Metallic, Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat and Platinum Dune Tricoat.
|Length||198.3 in. (5,037 mm)|
|Width||90.2 in. (2,291 mm)|
|Height||70 in. (1,778 mm)|
|Wheelbase||112.8 in. (2,865 mm)|
|Ground clearance||7.8 in. (198 mm)|
|Max. towing capacity||5,000 lbs.|
Beside base model, there are four other trim levels available: XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum. There are no big and noticeable changes inside the cabin. Standard is cloth upholstery while leather is optional just as before. Tech features get update – a 4G LTE modem enables Wi-Fi hotspot with support for max 10 devices. This is good for owners because it enables them to remotely lock, unlock, start and even locate their SUV with the FordPass application.
Safety features of the new Ford Explorer 2018
Just like other parts of the vehicle, there is also small update when it comes to safety. It gets a new Safe and Safety package that packs several safety features into one option. Now this safety feature integrates Adaptive cruise control, Automatic high beams, Blind spot warning, Forward-collision warning, Lane-keeping assist, Rear cross-traffic alert and Rain-sensing wiper. This package will be Standard on the Platinum model while with XLT, Limited and Sport trims it is going to be optional.
2018 Explorer specs
There are no changes under the hood of the new 2018 Explorer. There are three engines to choose. The base engine is 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. It is available with base and XLT models. For base, XLT and Limited models there is 2.3-liter turbocharged inline-4 with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. For maximum performance, there is a 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged V6 and it is available only with Sport and Platinum models. This EcoBoost powerplant delivers 365 horses and 350 lb-ft of torque.
All engines come mated to 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters mounted on steering wheel. Optional for all models are all-wheel drive system that also comes with Terrain Management System.
|SPECIFICATIONS||3.5-liter V6||2.3-liter I-4 Turbo||3.5-liter V6 Twin-Turbo|
|Horsepower (HP @ rpm)||290 @ 6,500||280 @ 5,600||365 @ 5,500|
|Torque (lb-ft @ rpm)||255 @ 4,000||310 @ 3,000||350 @ 3,500|
6-speed automatic with paddle shifters
|Fuel economy (city / hwy)||17 / 24 mpg (FWD)|
16 / 23 mpg (4WD)
|19 / 27 mpg (FWD)|
18 / 25 mpg (AWD)
|16 / 22 (AWD)|
|Trim levels||Base, XLT||Base, XLT, Limited||Sport, Platinum|
2018 Ford Explorer price and release date
The 2018 Ford Explorer will be available on the car market in fall 2017 and its pricing will be revealed in next few months. Since there are no big changes, we expect that it will cost as its predecessor. That means that its price should start around $32,000 for base FWD model, and it will go up to $54,000 for Platinum AWD without any additional option.