The Explorer is the original crossover and was once the best seller in the world. However, times have changed and the car is no longer at the top of the charts. However, it is still one of the best deals on the market that has a very good mix of performance, space and affordability. The problem here is that the current version is based on a platform more than ten years old. For this reason, many have suggested that the future Ford Explorer 2018 would be an entirely new car. However, these are just rumors at this point and it remains to be seen what Ford will do.
From the outside, you’ll notice a new grille, a refurbished front and rear fascia and a new look for the fog lamp assembly. The new Explorer also receives four tailpipes and five new wheel models. Choose from four new exterior color options, including cinnamon glaze, burgundy velvet stain, platinum triple coat and metallic blue.
2018 Ford Explorer Engine Details
The power supply of the Ford Explorer 2018 will be the same powertrain range as before. The basic configuration will include a 3.5-liter V6 producing 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque. As an option, buyers will be able to choose the turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque. At the top of the lineup will be the 3.5-liter twin turbo V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 pound-feet of torque. Handling the shift functions for the four engines will be a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the four-cylinder, non-turbocharged V6, but all-wheel drive will be an option. AWD will be delivered in series with the turbocharged V6.
There is no doubt that the Ford Explorer 2018 is based on an aging design. The car weighs nearly 5,000 pounds, so it’s not exactly the light. Because of this, even with efficient EcoBoost engines, it will barely have 17 to 20 MPG on average. The high-end Platinum version of the car will reach 20 MPG on the highway, which is actually significantly worse than a V8-powered SUV. Some have suggested that Ford install their new 9-speed automatic gearbox to solve this problem. While this is possible, we would not bet that Ford will change anything about the Explorer until it is redesigned.
2018 Ford Explorer Interior Features
The Sport model gets a new wheel design and a slightly updated grille, with blackout accents everywhere. The high-end Platinum model that enters the Lincoln territory in terms of luxury features gets the same chrome treatment, with the addition of quad exhaust pipes found on the Sport.
The new Ford Explorer 2018 joins the ranks of the wireless world this year with the addition of an optional 4G LTE connection with Wi-Fi hotspot. This connectivity should be enough to support up to 10 devices with a range of 50 feet. While connected to the hotspot, users will be able to control their vehicle with the FordPass app, including keyless entry and ignition functions. There is also a new Safe and Smart module, which gives you a ton of new security systems including adaptive cruise control, impact monitoring and auto braking, blind spot monitoring, cross-traffic alerts rear, departure lane clearance, and automatic windshield wipers and high beam.
The Ford Explorer 2018also features a safe and intelligent package that includes active safety and driver assistance features. These include Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring with Rear Cross Traffic Alert, Lane Keeping Assist, Automatic High Beam, and Rain Sensing Wipers. These features have been available or standard on the higher versions of the Explorer SUV, but by 2018 they can all be available as a bundle from the XLT.