Since undergoing its refresh in 2016, the Ford Explorer has remained relatively unchanged. We expect this to remain the case as we roll into the 2018 model year.
Expect the 2018 Ford Explorer to hit showrooms with the same look and feel as the current model both on the inside and outside. With this being a carryover, we also anticipate standard features to remain unchanged, meaning it should include 18-inch alloy wheels, auto LED headlights, LED taillights, a rearview camera, rear climate control, a six-speaker sound system, a six-way power driver’s seat and more. Buyers looking for more features can upgrade to the XLT, Limited, Sport, or Platinum trims.
Powertrains will likely continue unchanged in the new model year. The current Explorer comes standard with a 3.5-liter V6 that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers can go with a 270-horsepower 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder in the XLT or Limited trims, or a twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with 365 horsepower in the Sport or Platinum trims. The two lower-tier engines come with front-wheel drive and have all-wheel drive as an option. The twin-turbo V6 comes equipped with all-wheel drive.
Safety was not the strongest point for the 2017 Explorer, due to its “Moderate” rating in the IIHS small-overlap test. It did, however, have “Good” ratings in the moderate-overlap, side, and roof-strength tests. With no changes expected, we expect these ratings to continue unchanged.
Expect a full review closer to launch.
Pricing & Release Date
With us anticipating a carryover year for the 2018 Ford Explorer, we don’t expect a big shift in pricing from the current model, which ranges from $32,605 to $54,180 (destination fees included).
The on-sale date for the new Explorer is still unknown, but we anticipate it arriving sometime in the summer of 2017. The vehicle's next full redesign is currently not expected until at least 2020.
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Pictured: 2017 Explorer