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.”
Ford’s Explorer Sport builds on the Explorer's sculpted and muscular form with subtle cues so as to differentiate it from the other models in the Explorer lineup. The Explorer Sport is available in four exterior color variants: White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, Ingot Silver Metallic, and Tuxedo Black Metallic. It also has unique 20” painted and machined wheels and it features blacked-out tail lamp and headlamp treatments, side view mirror skull caps, liftgate appliqué, and black roof rack rails.
Moreover, the Explorer Sport's unique grille is a low-gloss mesh in Sterling Gray finish, with contrasting high-gloss bars in ebony. Meanwhile, the black lower front fascia showcases a functional opening for more cooling. Also, the Explorer billet-like black logotype adds an assertive identity statement. There are also subtle Sport and EcoBoost rear badges finishing the liftgate.
The high-end feel is also present in the Explorer Sport’s interior. You can opt to have the seats in Charcoal Black leather trimmings with or without the contrasting Sienna inserts.
The contrast in interior design was inspired by fashion. It mirrors dual tones currently showcased in the leather accessories and apparel you get from Prada, Balenciaga, and other design houses. The stitching is emphasized so as to give the seats a handcrafted look while also highlighting the Explorer Sport's sculptured seats.
Additionally, the Explorer Sport’s steering wheel also has unique stitching. Its instrument panel and door panel appliqués have a technical look to them. It also features illuminated scuff plates and unique Sport-logo floor mats.
The Explorer Sport, which is at the top of the Ford Explorer line, also offers a lively selection of both optional and standard customer-focused technologies, making driving a more connected, more comfortable, and more convenient experience.