Say Hello to the New 2016 Ford Explorer

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Since the Ford Explorer moved to its new unibody platform for the fifth-generation car in 2011, it has been a pretty dominant force in the large SUV market. The car was more refined, more luxurious, and better to drive than ever before.

Now for 2016, Ford is giving the big beast a bit of a nip-tuck to increase its appeal. The new SUV was revealed in Shanghai with a new nose, new engines, a tucked rump and a pile of new interior technology.


The first new engine is a new 2.3-liter EcoBoost mill that uses a twin-scroll turbocharger for increased response, a first for Ford. The 3.5 EcoBoost is also new, despite the fact it shares the same displacement as the old engine. The bigger turbo V6 can be found in the Titanium and Sport models of the new Explorer. On the technology front, Ford has fitted the 2016 Explorer with a new park assist system, adaptive cruise control, collision warning, a lane keeping system and the latest version of Sync simply dubbed Sync 2.

If it strikes you odd that America’s best-selling SUV got debuted in China, you need to pay a bit more attention to the news. China is the largest car market in the world, and big SUVS like the Explorer are rapidly gaining traction on the sales floor. Now that the new Explorer is official, expect it to hit showrooms later this year.

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Christian Moe contributes to many of Internet Brands' Auto blogs, including Corvette Forum, Club Lexus and Rennlist, among other auto sites.

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