2016 Ford Explorer has an Available Platinum Package and a New Engine Option

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Since 1990, Ford has sold more than 7 million Explorers in the United States. If you have one of them and are thinking about getting a newer one, you don’t have much longer to wait until the 2016 models hit your local dealer’s lot. The base, XLT, Limited, and Sport versions go on sale in early summer; the Platinum Explorers will come out later in the season.

That newest trim line will be distinguished by a variety of features, including:

-An all-new 500-watt Sony Audio System with Live Acoustics, which replicates the sound dynamics of world-class concert halls, and Clear Phase technology, which delivers precisely pinpointed, dispersion-free audio to vehicle occupants

-A standard, dual-panel moonroof

-Two-tone 20-inch wheels


-An interior that, according to Ford, “incorporates brushed-aluminum and satin-finished ash wood in multi-piece appliqués on door panels and the instrument panel. The wood-trimmed, leather-wrapped and heated steering wheel includes unique stitching that matches the stitching used throughout the interior”

-An instrument panel, console armrests, quilted door bolsters, and upper door trim wrapped in Nirvana leather

-Enhanced active park assist with perpendicular park assist, semi-automatic parallel parking, and park-out assist. That last aid will help drivers pull out of parallel parking spots by controlling the steering wheel as the driver works the gas and brake pedals and shifter

-A 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 with 365 horsepower and 350 lb.-ft. of torque that’s mated to a six-speed SelectShift automatic. (The Explorer Sport uses the same pairing)

Ford’s 290-horsepower/255-lb.-ft. naturally aspirated 3.5-liter V6 will be standard in base, XLT, and Limited Explorers. Rounding out the engine selection for 2016 will be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost I4. Under the hood of the 2016 Explorer (it’ll be available in the base, XLT, and Limited models), it’ll develop 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. Both figures are up by 40 compared to the numbers for the outgoing 2.0-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder. Ford states, “highway passing time – from 55 mph to 75 mph – improves by 10 percent.”

A front-wheel-drive Explorer with the new four-cylinder EcoBoost engine will be able to cover 28 highway mpg. Customers will have the option of getting that power plant in a four-wheel-drive Explorer with a five-mode Terrain Management System and an optional tow package.


New options available on 2016 Explorers include:

-Front and rear cameras with wide-angle lenses and washers

-Smart-charging USB ports that can recharge the batteries of smart devices up to two times faster than regular USB ports

-A kick-activated, hands-free rear liftgate

Inflatable rear safety belts, automatic high-beams, rear cross-traffic alert, and adaptive cruise control and collision warning with brake support are some of the available carryover features.

All 2016 Explorers will benefit from revised styling, LED low-beams, better handling, a stiffer front end, and a quieter cabin. Sport models will get unique steering gear, struts, front and rear springs, and rear dampers.

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Derek Shiekhi contributes to a variety of Internet Brands’ Auto sites, including J-K Forum , Jaguar Forums, and 5 Series. He's also a member of the Texas Auto Writers Association.

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