2016 Ford Explorer was redesigned for this model year. Its changes include minor exterior tweaks, while its performance and architecture will benefit the most from this redesign. This three-row, 7 passenger SUV will continue to offer same space, but will go on a diet, which will influence its overall body weight, and additionally enhance the performance of the model.
2016 Ford Explorer changes
Exterior of the redesigned 2016 Ford Explorer will be a perfect combination of styles taken from several Ford’s models. Its front end will be altered, which will result in overall more modern appearance of the popular SUV. At first sight, Explorer resembles the most to the current, 2015 Edge. Its grill is reshaped as well as low bumper, while headlights feature narrower design. LED lighting technology is also part of this refreshment, with LED low beams and fog lights. On the rear end, changes are more subtle. Rear lights are revised, and new spoiler was added, for both looks and aerodynamic purposes.
Although reliable info about inside changes is still not available, we certainly think that American producer will enhance things that were bothering its customers. Inside, 2016 Ford Explorer should offer more space, and, due to the fact that this is a redesign, we can also expect enhancements in features department, and in materials. Design will probably stay the same, with possibility for few revisions, which would have a purpose to modernize its look.
Like we mentioned in the introduction, the main field of changes is its undercarriage. With light-weighted materials, Ford will reduce the overall weight of the SUV. With around 200-300 pounds less, Explorer will finally be able to provide better fuel economy.
2016 Ford Explorer performance and mpg
Under the hood of the 2016 Ford Explorer will be placed the same base engine which runs the current SUV. It is a 3.5-liter V6 unit capable to deliver 290 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque. Although the engine itself is not replaced, it will be further enhanced with latest technologies in order to improve fuel economy, which is now rated at 17/24/20 mpg.
Optional engine will be replaced with a new one, and the closest option for a replacement is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder with 270 horsepower and 300 lb-ft of torque. There are also some speculations that Ford may include a 2.7-liter EcoBoost (placed under the hood of Ford F-150), which is less likely to happen, but we can’t be sure.
Fuel economy rates are not known yet. The info that is available is improvement in that department, but without any specific numbering which we could present to you.
2016 Ford Explorer price and release date
The 2016 Explorer had its premiere in November this year, at the 2014 LA Auto Show, where American producer proudly presented its future Explorer. The release date of the model is expected early on next year, which just month or two away. The sales should start during the spring, which will bring some other interesting new models too. Pricing is not revealed yet, but expect 2016 Ford Explorer to start around $32,000.