With over 7 million sold in the U.S. to date and 200k sales per year it’s one of the most popular SUVs on the market. The 2016 Ford Explorer debuted at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show with some noteworthy updates. The old model has received a tougher-looking front end and LED lighting in place of the outgoing models for car-like styling. Underneath the massaged styling is a newly-available 2.3-liter turbocharged EcoBoost four-cylinder engine, the same one used in the 2015 Mustang producing 270 horsepower and 300 pound-feet of torque, according to Ford.
Every Explorer gets some additional tech for 2016, with new features including:
- 180-degree-view front camera, for a view of otherwise invisible traffic when creeping forward out of a sight-blocked space
- Built-in washers for the front and rear cameras (which Ford says is an industry first),
- USB charging ports strategically positioned in the cabin, and Ford’s hands-free liftgate.
- Enhanced park assist feature that can now help a driver pull out of a parallel parking spots as well as pull into them
- An updated array of safety and driver-assistance systems, such as lane keeping and adaptive cruise control.
The 2016 Ford Explorer goes on sale next summer. Pricing will be announced closer to the on-sale date.
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