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2018 Ford Explorer: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - September 25, 2017
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Ford knows where its bread and butter is, and it's the hot (and still growing) SUV segment. This is exactly why it’s performing mild surgery on the 2018 Explorer, giving it a refreshed look and lots of new available features.

On the front, buyers will notice a new grille and center air inlet, sleeker fog lights, and a new front apron. Around back, the updates will be far more subtle and include new quad-exit exhaust tips and an ever-so-slightly revised bumper. Otherwise, the 2018 Explorer will be identical to the current model inside and out.

As mostly a carryover vehicle, we expect the standard features to remain the same in 2018. If this proves true, look for the 2018 Explorer to come standard with 18-inch wheels, cruise control, a rearview camera, rear climate controls, a 4.2-inch dashboard display, Sync, and a six-speaker audio system. Ford will offer a few new options on the 2018 Explorer, including a 4G modem with Wi-Fi hotspot for up to 10 devices, Sync 3, and FordPass remote locking, unlocking and locator.

Powering the 2018 Ford Explorer will be the same lineup of powertrains as before. The base setup will include a 3.5-liter V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Optionally, buyers will be able to choose the 2.3-liter turbocharged four-cylinder with 280 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque.

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Topping the range will be the twin-turbo 3.5-liter V6 with 365 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque. Handling the shifting duties for all four engines will be a six-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive will come standard with the four-cylinder and non-turbocharged V6, but all-wheel drive will be an option. All-wheel drive will come standard with the turbocharged V6.

The IIHS gave the 2017 Explorer a “Marginal” rating in the small-overlap crash test and a “Poor” rating in the new headlight test. In the remaining three tests the IIHS completed in the Explorer, it received “Good” ratings. This will remain a soft spot for the 2018 Explorer, as there are no changes in the works.

Pricing & Release Date

While there is no official launch date, we expect to see the 2018 Explorer in showrooms in December 2017.

Pricing will start from $32,985 (destination fees included), and adding all-wheel drive will tack on $2,150. On the top of the range, the Platinum 4x4 trim will ring in at $54,935 (destination fees included).

The key competitors for the 2018 Explorer will include the Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Toyota Highlander.

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