Take a Close Look at the Updated 2018 Ford Explorer

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2018 Ford Explorer Sport Side Rear End

Drivers continue their love affair with SUVs, and Ford feels obliged to answer the call with the new 2018 Explorer.

SUVs and crossovers continue to be some of the fastest-selling vehicles in the US, and Ford believes that the segment will continue its rapid growth in the near future. The American automaker is looking to strengthen its SUV game with five all-new models by 2020, but before that time comes, Ford hopes its Explorer will continue to be a hit with periodical updates.

Ford unveiled the 2018 Explorer at the New York Auto Show, which gets modest updates from the previous model. The front and rear ends have been given new styling cues, but you’d need to either be a Ford designer or have a magnifying glass to spot them. The most prominent one, for example, is a new quad exhaust system at the back, which is available on the Sport and Platinum edition models.

2018 Ford Explorer Sport

Other changes on the outside include five new wheel designs, and four new exterior colors. The new shades are as follows: Cinnamon Glaze, Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat, Blue Metallic, and Platinum Dune Tricoat.

The rest of the updates on the new Explorer are technology-forward ones that you can’t see, either. According to Ford, the SUV has an available 4G embedded modem, which includes a Wi-Fi hotspot, and is capable of supporting up to 10 devices at once. The devices can even be used at a distance of up to 50 feet away from the car. You know, for those of you that just can’t disconnect from the Internet.

The system comes with Sync Connect, which allows owners to connect to their Explorer remotely using the Ford Pass app, and locate, start, and unlock the SUV from nearly anywhere in the world. Sync Connect also gives owners access to the vehicle’s crucial diagnostic information. We previously tested this system in the 2017 Ford Escape, which you can read all about here.

The 2018 Explorer is also fitted with a new Safe and Smart Package, which adds driver-assist features that are in high demand at the moment. Things like adaptive cruise control, collision warning with brake support, blind spot information system, lane-keeping system, cross-traffic alert, rain-sensing wipers, and auto high-beams are all included in the new package. Package pricing is yet to be announced.

The new Explorer will go on sale later this fall, and is being built at the automaker’s Chicago Assembly Plant.

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Joel Patel contributes to Corvette Forum, Rennlist, Club Lexus, Harley-Davidson Forums, and YotaTech, among other auto sites. Check out his blog Man, Adventure, Wheels.

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