NEW FOR 2012:

– Available 2.0-litre EcoBoost engine
– Six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission standard on 3.5-litre V6
– Inflatable rear seatbelts optional on XLT and Limited
– SYNC available on base model
– Exterior colours: Ginger Ale Metallic, Black, Dark Blue Pearl and Cinnamon Metallic added; Gold Leaf Metallic discontinued

Completely redesigned for 2011, the Ford Explorer updates for 2012 with the addition of an available 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost turbocharged engine. A six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission is now used on the 3.5-litre V6. SYNC is now available on the base model, and inflatable rear seatbelts on the second-row outboard seating positions, which deploy in a crash to spread the crash energy more widely over the chest and help prevent injuries, can be optioned on the XLT and Limited models.

The Explorer uses a 3.5-litre V6 mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, or a 2.0-litre four-cylinder EcoBoost engine with six-speed automatic. Trim levels are the Base, XLT and Limited, both available with either engine. The V6 comes in front- or all-wheel drive, while the EcoBoost comes in front-wheel drive only. All models have three rows of seats.

Features on the Base include 17-inch steel wheels, air conditioning, hill start assist, trailer tow prep package, CD/MP3 stereo with auxiliary input and engine block heater.

The XLT adds 18-inch alloy wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control, automatic headlamps, chrome door handles, SecuriCode keypad entry, ten-way driver and six-way passenger power-adjustable heated seats, MyFord Touch, Sync, and Sirius satellite radio.

The Limited adds 20-inch alloy wheels, xenon headlamps, power-folding mirrors, driver’s side memory, power liftgate, remote starter, 110-volt outlet, power-adjustable pedals, ambient lighting, Sony-branded stereo, intelligence access with pushbutton start, backup camera and leather-trimmed seats.

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