Dearborn, Mich. – Ford will be releasing a new version of the Explorer in 2013 dubbed the Sport. It will feature a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost® V6 engine making at least 350 horsepower and four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System™.
“Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever.”
“The Explorer Sports fuel economy should be rated at 16 mpg [14.7 L/100 km] in city driving and 22 mpg [10.7 L/100 km] on the highway – anticipating 3 mpg better in the city and 2 mpg on the highway than the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango R/T 5.7-liter Hemi engines.”
The Explorer Sport features a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic™ transmission with a unique 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio. The chassis also has been specially reinforced, making Explorer Sport stiffer and improving its handling. Explorer Sport also brings a solid-mounted electric power-assisted steering (EPAS) rack with a faster ratio, providing more responsiveness to drivers both on-road and off.
Sport will be available in four exterior colors – Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Tuxedo Black Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic and features unique 20-inch painted wheels. It has features blacked-out headlamp and taillamp treatments, black roof rack rails, sideview mirror skull caps and a liftgate applique.
The Explorer Sport’s grille is a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. The black front lower fascia features a functional opening for additional cooling. Sport and EcoBoost badges can be found at the rear on the liftgate.
The Explorer Sport will be manufactured at Ford’s Chicago production facility and will go on sale later this year.
Source: PRNewswire / Ford