Ford has introduced a new top-spec Platinum trim of its top-selling 2016 Ford Explorer SUV in the USA. It will become available in showrooms in September.
The exteriors feature LED headlamps, dual-panel moonroof, 20-inch bright machined alloy wheels and silver painted front and rear skid plates. It also incorporates Active Grille Shutters in the upper and lower front facia. The shutters close automatically at higher speeds to reduce drag, while at lower speeds the shutters are opened to deliver additional airflow to cool the engine.
The interiors feature the use of premium materials like Nirvana leather with micro-perforation for the seats. It also features real ash wood and aluminum multi-piece trims on the dashboard and door panels. A heated wood and leather-wrapped steering wheel has also been added for the feel of luxury.
It features a 500-watt Sony Audio system with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology. The Live Acoustics technology helps to re-create sound dynamics of a concert hall for clear reproduction of sound. The Clear Phase technology eliminates sound dispersion, pinpointing the sound towards the passengers directly.
The interiors will be offered in two color options – a new Ebony shade or Soft Ceramic shade, coupled with an Anthracite headliner. The instrument panel, quilted door bolsters, console armrests and upper door trim will be wrapped in Nirvana leather. A large 10-inch digital display will be used for the instrumentation along with analog meters for the first time on any Ford vehicle.
The 2016 Explorer Platinum features driver assistance systems like lane-keeping system, enhanced active park assist with perpendicular park assist, rain-sensing wipers and front and rear cameras with washers amongst others.
Under the hood, there’s a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 engine that produces 365 hp (272 kW) at 5,500 rpm and 474 Nm (350 lb.-ft.) of torque at 3,500 rpm. It will be mated to a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. The 2016 Explorer Platinum will feature a 4WD setup with Terrain Management System as standard.
The press release has been embedded below the image gallery for further information.