2021 Ford Explorer presents inexpensive ST and Platinum variants
The performance-oriented Ford Explorer ST that launched in 2020 will get a brand new entry level with the Explorer Fanatic ST. It makes use of the identical 3.0-liter twin-turbo V-6 that makes 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque (on 93 octane gasoline) because the common ST, however prices $49,995 together with a $1,245 vacation spot charge. That is $4,080 cheaper than the Explorer ST.
It comes with the identical 10-speed computerized transmission with commonplace all-wheel drive and a tow bundle with a capability of 5,600 kilos. The Fanatic ST has quad chrome exhaust ideas, 20-inch aluminum wheels, and aspect mirrors with projection lights. The within has leather-based seats, silver accent stitching, a heated steering wheel, and a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster.
It lacks the ability aspect mirrors of the ST, the Bang & Olufsen 12-speaker sound system, and the heated bucket seats within the second row. Nonetheless, it comes with the suite of driver-assist programs Ford calls Co-Pilot360 that features computerized emergency braking with pedestrian detection, blind-spot displays, lively lane management, computerized excessive beams, and a rearview digicam with a built-in lens washer.
Moreover, the highest Platinum trim can now be had with rear-wheel drive or all-wheel drive. Final 12 months, it solely got here with all-wheel drive. The rear-wheel-drive Platinum is $2,000 much less at $53,725.
Additionally, for the primary time, the Platinum trim may be had as a hybrid in rear-wheel drive solely. It makes use of a 3.3-liter V-6 with an electrical motor and 1.5-kwh battery pack that mix to make 318 hp and 322 lb-ft of torque. At $54,330, the hybrid is simply $605 greater than the Platinum RWD. Different Explorer Hybrids with rear-wheel drive have an EPA ranking of 27 mpg metropolis, 29 freeway, 28 mixed. Non-hybrids with a turbo-4 get 24 mpg mixed.
That is the second time Ford has considerably adjusted pricing downward on the Explorer, which was redesigned for 2020 and had costs reaching almost $60,000. Final 12 months, Ford shaved about $3,000 off the 2021 Explorer to higher compete in a cutthroat class the place each automaker has a three-row SUV, and a few corresponding to Kia, GM, and Ford have two.
The 2021 Ford Explorer Fanatic ST, Platinum RWD, and Platinum Hybrid go on sale this summer season.