2017 Ford Explorer Performance and Technology Exemplifies


The new 2017 Ford Explorer comes largely unchanged as it received slight revisions last year including a smoother bodywork and improved interior. For 2017 year refreshment, the XLT Sport Appearance Package is probably the biggest highlight as it wears a meaner, sportier look.

Other available trims include Explorer XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum. Pricing for these individual trims goes as:

  • Explorer – $ 31,660
  • XLT – $ 33,775
  • Limited – $ 41,6675
  • Sport – $ 45,355
  • Platinum – $ 53,235

2017 Ford Explorer Side View

Brawny Performance via 2 Choices

This new 2017 Ford Explorer offers 2 options for powertrain – the 3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6 and a 2.3-liter inline 4 EcoBoost engine. Specifications for these two engines go:

3.5-liter Ti-VCT V6

  • Max Power – 365 HP at 6,500 RPM
  • Torque – 350 lb-ft at 4,000 RPM
  • Driveline – 4WD with Terrain Management System and Hill Descent Control
  • Transmission – 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel Economy – 17 mpg city, 24 mpg highway and 20 mpg combined

2.3-liter I-4 EcoBoost

  • Max Power – 280 HP
  • Torque – 310 lb-ft
  • Driveline – 2WD and 4WD
  • Transmission – 6-speed automatic
  • Fuel Economy –19 mpg city, 23 mpg highways and 22 mpg combined

Exterior and Interior

The exterior design of 2017 Ford Explorer is bestowed with satin-chrome accents which add a distinctive look. Ford has even presented 3 new color options viz. White Gold, Smoked Quartz Tinted Clearcoat and Canyon Ridge.

The front and rear skid plates get newly painted elements which create a striking contrast with the side body chrome trims. Cast aluminum wheels now offer 20-inch size option and a blacked-out design.

This new Ford Explorer brings a groomed interior cabin as chrome and wood trims are used extensively. Apart from the base model, every trim gets leather-trimmed seats with contrast stitching and Miko suede inserts. Other features in this interior cabin include:

  • Illuminated front scuff plates (standard on Platinum and Sport)
  • 10-way driver’s power seat with power lumbar (standard on XLT)
  • Heated and cooled front seats (standard on Platinum and Sport)
  • Heated steering wheel (standard on Platinum and Sport)

2017 Ford Explorer Front View

2017 Ford Explorer Technology

A slew of intuitive technology is what makes this new Ford Explorer smart and functional than most other SUVs. Several of these technologies are incorporated in the end o skeleton (chassis) as well as interior cabin and outer body.

  • Hands-free Tailgate

Storing cargo is now a breeze as this new Ford Explorer offers a power foot-activated liftgate which can also be accessed by the Intelligent Access Key. This revised liftgate even allows height adjustment for utmost convenience.

  • Navigation with Travel Link and Sirius XM Traffic

The revised navigation system in 2018 Ford Explorer supports voice-guided turn-by-turn directions, 3D Mapping and GPS. Drivers also get weather forecast, detailed traffic information and gas station locations.

  • 180˚ Camera

The new generation Ford Explorer integrates a front camera with 180˚ viewing angle. This camera helps in getting a clear visibility for limited-sight maneuvers. Forward Sensing System makes cornering even easier.

2017 Ford Explorer Interior

Competitors

2017 Ford Explorer comes in competition with 2017 Dodge Durango, 2017 Chevrolet Traverse, 2017 Buick Enclave, 2017 Honda Pilot, 2017 Nissan Pathfinder and 2017 KIA Sorento.

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