New 2016 Ford Explorer Goes Platinum: review, release date, price

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The first generation of Ford Explorer was released in 1991 as a replacement for Ford Bronco II. The second generation came into production in 1994, being modified year-to-year. There are also third and fourth generation of the model. 2016 Ford Explorer refer to the fifth generation of the model which debuted in 2010.

The brand-new Ford Explorer 2016 was shown in November 2014 in LA Autoshow and Ford claimed it would be on sale in the US market in the middle of 2015 as a 2016 model. Its release should coincide with the 25th anniversary of the original Ford Explorer model and would receive both exterior and interior developments including engine range widening.

 2016 Ford Explorer release date

According current information, the 2016 Explorer release date is approximately in the summer of 2015.

Release date: already available in showrooms

2016 Ford Explorer review

From the distant 1991 year Explorer SUV has won the hearts of car enthusiasts around the world thanks to generous space inside, including luggage, and the ability to not pass even in the serious off-road. In addition to factories in Chicago car were produced in Venezuela and in Russia.

Relatively high price for a new product does not become an obstacle to the sales rankings. Ford Explorer hardly undergoes changes in its structure until 2001. If the changes have been, it was only minor. Later, with the rapid development of technology, the vehicle developers started experimenting with adapting the machine to the latest technologies. 2001 was the beginning of a new history of the car: Ford’s engineers decided to change frame design to the more advanced integral bodyframe version.

New Explorer is completely redesigned – it become better looking and in some trims give the feeling of higher class car

There plenty of changes for 2016 Explorer including retuned suspension and of course the brand new interior and exterior design. However, the most significant changes in 2016 Ford Explorer SUV are following: new “Platinum” trim level, superior to others; new 4-cylinder stoke EcoBoost engine; minor changes to exterior appearance and a new advanced equipment for entertainment and safety.

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Ford Explorer get more luxurious interior

Interior of the modified 2016 Ford Explorer get a multimedia system with an 8-inch touch screen, multifunctional steering wheel. Ford Explorer has 3-row seats, and front seats have both heating and ventilation functions, rear seats the heating only. Furthermore, brand-new Explorer has more expensive-looking decoration materials, reinforced noise reduction insulation and modified door sealing.ford explorer 2016 review

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Three-zone climate control allows all passengers create their own microclimate conditions. As for gadgets, there are a huge list of it in the 2016 model year Explorer. For instance, adaptive cruise control which equipped with an automatic emergency braking. There are several cameral in the back providing full circular video vision. The most stunning feature is in those cameras – all their lenses have self-cleaning function thanks to high-pressure spray cones.

The new 2016 Explorer has pretty well-trimmed intreior – high-quality materials and comfortable seats for anyone

2016 ford explorer interior cabin cockpit

Two rear rows of seats could be fold flat, making Explorer SUV a pretty roomy car with a huge trunk with maximum capacity of 2285 liters (over 80 cubic feet). Moreover, folding process is automatized, just press the button and 7-seater would become a 2-seater but with a huge empty room, ready to transport big luggage. Even with all seats took up 2016 Ford Explorer has luggage capacity of 600 liters (21 cubic feet) which is pretty good.

2016 ford explorer suv trunk boot

 

2016 Ford Explorer exterior redesign

Modernized 2016 model year Ford Explorer could be recognized by new headlight lamps (fully LED), new front bumper and grill. Rear view also undergo changes, a new rear lights, for example (also LED), but it’s not so radical. As for rims, there are new alloy wheels available, from 18” up to 20”.

2016 ford explorer platinum review

The overall body design was completely change – new front and rear fascia, bumpers and even window line. There are only two details similar to the previous generation Explorer – rear lights shape and the positoning of third side windows, looks combined with trunklid.

Overall, the new 2016 model year Ford Explorer looks better, more modern and in certain trims feels more expensive than it is.

2016 Explorer specs: Fully EcoBoosted

Regarding technical specifications, the most notable change in the new Explorer is a new engine, 2.3L EcoBoost engine, it is a replacement for previous less powerful 2.0L engine. The output of new EcoBoost is 270 horsepower, instead of 240 hp in the old model.

Due to the usage of comparatively small 4-cylinder engines it delivers better fuel efficiency than V6 or V8 engine. However, Ford isn’t give up V6 engines. For the new 2016 Ford Explorer would be available two V6 engines, the first one is Duratec V6, 3.5L with the output of 290 horsepower (which comes as standard), and the modified turbocharged version of that engine – Ecoboost V6, with the massive amount of 365 horsepower.

All the engines excluding most powerful V6 could be equipped with either front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive drivetrain layout. EcoBoost V6 comes only as AWD car. The transmission is 6-speed automatic, no matter what engine and trim level you choose.

Turbocharged engines providing good balance of power and fuel efficiency. However, Ford don’t give up conventional V6. Standard car is equipped with it

2016 ford explorer suv sport specs and price

The fuel consumption is for basic 3.5 liter V6 Explorer is 20 mpg combined for FWD (17 city and 24 for highway). With all-wheel drive layout it drops slightly in 1 mpg to 19 for combined and 16/23 for city and highway driving respectively.
With turbocharged 4-cylinder engine fuel efficiency of Explorer increased to 22 mpg combined and 19/28 for highway (FWD) and 21/18/26 for AWD.
The most powerful EcoBoost V6 has 18 mpg in combined mode, 16 mpg for city driving and 22 mpg for highway driving. As it was mentioned above, turbo V6 is equipped only with all wheel drive transmission.

Explorer trim levels

The car is available in 5 trim levels.

Basic trim level includes 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights with auto on/off, roof rails, rearview camera, cruise control, power driver seat, air conditioner, 4,2-inch display with FordSync system and Bluetooth connectivity. Not to mention full power accessories. You can’t say that basic trim has everything you want. It really lack of climate control and probably a better screen for infontainment system. One of the Explorer rivals, 2016 Honda Pilot has nearly the same equipment and also lack proper climate control.

XLT trim adds only a slight impovements on both interior and exterior: body colored door handles, foglamps, parking sensors in rear bumper, leather-wrapped steering wheel, door code pad, power seat for passenger and satellite radio.
There are two extra packages available for XLT, one is adding dual-zone climate control and premium sound system with bigger screen; the other offers heated leather seats and parking sensors in front.

Limited has the second package equipment from XLT plus bigger rims (20-inch), power liftgate system with handsfree opening, chrome trimming for exterior, power pedals, ventilated seats, second row seats heating, power-foldable third row, power adjustable steering wheel and other luxury options like Sony sound system with 10 speakers. In this trim Explorer is almost fully packed with cool options, most of them refered to higher class cars.
Option package for Limited has many other features like automatic parking, high beams and wipers; massaging front seats and other.

Sport trim is similar to Limited, but has many of its equipment only optional. The most notable change in comparison with other Explorers is special matte trimming for exterior details as well as interior, sport tuned suspension and 20-inch wheels.

The second most noticeable change in the 2016 model year Explorer is new high-end trim called “Platinum”, loaded up with equipment could be found on luxury segment cars, such as quilted leather on seats, interior made with a huge usage of aluminum and wood. This trim is also featured powerfull hi-fi audio system. As for exterior, Platinum models have larger wheels, LED headlights and other minor details.

Limited and Premium trim levels have many more luxurious features. Almost everything is powered, including even pedals adjustment

Pricing for 2016 Ford Explorer: from affordable to premium

ford explorer 2016

There are 5 trim levels in the new 2016 Ford Explorer: Explorer, Explorer XLT, Explorer Limited, Explorer Sport and Explorer Platinum, mentioned above.

Basic Explorer starts at $31,595, Explorer XLT starts at $34,295, Explorer Limited starts at $42,195, Explorer Sport starts at $44,195, Explorer Platinum starts at $53,495.

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2016 Ford Explorer
Drivetrain
Engine type DOHC 24V V6; DOHC 16V I4, direct fuel injection
Displacement 2,3L; 3,5L
Power/torque 270 hp/255 lb-ft; 290 hp/300 lb-ft; 365 hp/350 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed automatic
Dimensions
Wheelbase 112.8 inch
Length 198,3 in
Height 70 in
Passenger volume 171,3 cu ft
Cargo volume 21 cu ft – 81,7 cu ft
Performance
0-60 6.0 sec (EcoBoost V6)
Top speed 123 mph (EcoBoost V6)
PRICE RANGE: $31,595 – $53,495 (est)
Competitors: Dodge Durango, Honda Pilot, Hyundai Santa Fe
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Editor's rating
4.7 overall
  • Safety4.4
  • Performance4.8
  • Design4.7
  • Features4.9
  • Fuel economy4.6
Summary

Proper mid-size SUV capable of carrying 7 people. Wide engine range and trim levels for all tastes. Luxurious on the top trim. However, more expensive than closest competitors.
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