Ford seems to be making an Explorer for everyone, and for the first time ever, a high performance ST and fuel sipping hybrid joins the pack. This makes it the most diverse Explorer line-up ever.
The Ford Explorer ST effectively replaces the Explorer Sport. On the outside, the “most fun-to-drive Explorer ever” receives numerous black exterior details such as the mesh grille, liftgate trim, lower bodyside details,, roof-rack side rails, and skid plates. Inside, the Explorer ST packs a standard 12.3-inch TFT LCD digital gauge cluster, flat-bottomed steering wheel with ST logo, sport leather seats, and City Silver stitching details.
It’s what’s under the hood where the Explorer ST shines. It is powered by a 3.0-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 producing 400 hp and 562 Nm of torque. Power is sent through all four wheels via a 10-speed automatic. Flat out, it can reach 230 kph. Buyers can spec the Explorer ST with the ST Street Pack or an ST Track Pack. Both packages offer 21-inch aluminum wheels, high performance brakes with large vented rotors, red painted brake calipers with stainless steel pistons, and larger brake pads. Only available for the Explorer ST is a Sport mode, which tightens the steering, makes the throttle more responsive, holds gears longer, and enhances the engine note.
The Explorer Hybrid, meanwhile, looks pretty much the same as the regular Explorer. Because the platform has been designed for electrification in the first place, there is no reduction in cargo volume in the Explorer Hybrid, thanks to the batteries being built into the chassist itself, mounted just under the second rows. The Explorer Hybrid is only available as a Limited variant, which means Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, perforated leather seats, wireless charging, 10-way power adjustable driver and passenger seats, as well as a 14-speaker B&O premium sound system are standard.
EPA has not yet released official fuel economy figures for the Explorer Hybrid, though the government agency has certified that it has a range of 500 miles (804 km), though this is only for the rear-wheel drive model. All this is provided by a 3.3-liter V6 hybrid unit, with a combined system output of 318 hp.
Given how popular the Ford Explorer is in the Philippine market, do you wish for Ford Philippines to bring the ST and Hybrid models here?