Ford Motor Co. had a successful introduction of its 2013 Ford Explorer Sport – its first-ever performance version of the Explorer SUV. It will start to arrive this year in dealerships, equipped with a twin-turbocharged, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 engine that has a 350 hp output. The Explorer Sport features four-wheel drive and Ford's Terrain Management System.
The Explorer Sport has a fuel economy rating of up to 16 mpg city and 22 mpg highway, which surpasses that of rivals like the Jeep Grand Cherokee, Dodge Durango R/T and Range Rover Sport. It’s also available with a six-speed SelectShift automatic transmission that can be run with paddle shifters. Braking in shorter stopping distances is made possible with the larger brakes.
Furthermore, it has a towing capacity of as much as 5,000 pounds. The Explorer Sport has a mesh grille with contrasting ebony bars and a blackened lower front fascia with a gap for extra cooling. The Explorer Sport is offered in four exterior colors -- ruby red metallic clearcoat, white platinum metallic tri-coat, tuxedo black metallic and ingot silver metallic.
The look is completed with special painted 20-inch wheels. “Explorer Sport makes no compromises,” said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager. “By carefully beefing the chassis and suspension, precisely calibrating the Terrain Management System and adding comfort and convenience features, we’ve delivered an SUV that delivers great dynamics and performance – while towing up to 5,000 pounds.”