2018 Ford Explorer: back to RWD


We already know that Ford are working on an interim update for the ever popular Explorer, but according to rumors, Ford are also working on the next generation SUV.

The last generation update, the Explorer 2018 went from being RWD to FWD, but according to ‘The Truth About Cars’, Ford are now looking to revert back to RWD.

Better yet, Lincoln (the luxury division of Ford) are also thought to be planning to use the SUV for a luxury based model that will be available in the U.S. and Chinese markets, either as replacement or supplement to the Navigator.

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When New Explorer to Come

The facelift version of the Explorer was released just this year, it is the 2016 model, so it seems as though Ford will release the new Explorer at some point in 2018.

Release date: 2018

Price Range

No official prices have been released as yet for Ford Explorer 2018, but if it remains at the same pricing level, it will mean the base model retails for approximately $33,000 and the flagship version should be in the region of $55,000.

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Dramatic Restyling

Without any images at all, not even spy shots, the exterior of the new SUV is an unknown, all we can really hazard a guess at is that if it uses the same platform, we don’t expect to see much change, but if the platform changes, it is likely that the SUV will get a dramatic restyling.

The same could be said for the 2018 Ford Explorer interior; all we really know is that the equipment and tech fitted will be an upgrade over the existing model, perhaps incorporating a full, digital dash and touchscreen media system.

2018 Ford Explorer Sport Trac modification is not expected.

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2018 Ford Explorer Trim Levels

The Ford Explorer 2018 changes in trim changes are not expected: there will be 2018 Ford Explorer XLT, Limited, Sport and Platinum.

Explorer Sport

Sport is a trim level of new Ford Explorer 2018 features matte black styling (instead of chrome plated), sporty suspension, 20-inch rims. The car comes with a powerful V6 EcoBoost engine.

Explorer Platinum

Platinum is a top-end trim level for an Explorer. This means powered leather seats, powered sunroof, premium Sony sound system, 20-inch rims.

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2018 Ford Explorer Specs and Rumors

In contrast to the previous version, the new 2018 Explorer could be called the next generation SUV; a new design built as a monocoque, which of course mean no chassis, similar to the Dodge Durango. Under the hood, we should find a range of the V6 EcoBoost engines, perhaps even a reworked V8.

As expected, even in the absence of preconditions to the success of 2018 Ford Explorer rear wheel drive among ordinary customers (the bulk of the copies sold with 4WD), Ford will not remain in the loser – switching to rear-wheel drive SUV purchases should spur orders of US law enforcement agencies.

The new 2018 Ford Explorer will undoubtedly get a hybrid version, possibly a plug-in hybrid fitted with a 2.0 liter EcoBoost engine, turbocharging and Li-Ion batteries for maximum power and reliability.

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  • dpick357

    The other possibility is they may be utilising the Australian designed and engineered Ford Everest which is a spinoff from the Ford Ranger. It is currently only offered in 7 seater 4×4 but is soon to come as a 5 or 7 seater 4×2. Whilst it looks smaller its lokks are decieving as it has about the same room etc as my 05 Explorer.

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The new 2018 Explorer will unlikely to change much, only minor changes expected. Primarily, for the equipment levels.

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