Ford Explorer is now considered an iconic figure in the sports utility vehicle category ever since it was released to the public in the 90s. Now the American automaker is giving more love to the legendary SUV by giving it a visual makeover.
Ford recently announced its updates made on the bulky Explorer SUV at the 2017 New York Auto Show in a predicted continuous growth in the SUV global market, so this move from Ford is quite wise in attracting more customers to patronize their main SUV. 2018 Explorer Sport and the 2018 Explorer Platinum is geared to have front and rear design renovation.
The most powerful engine will be fitted with brand new four exhausts. You heard it right, 4 exhausts on each SUV. Also tech and safety improvements that Ford patrons are hoping for all these time will also be given attention by the company as the SUV global market is growing by the minute. Mark LaNeve, Ford's Vice President of the US marketing, sales and service, indicated that the SUV category has amplified from a mere 28 percent in 2006 to an impressive 40 percent in 2016. Ford also predicts that the numbers will shoot up to 45 percent by the next 5 to 7 years.
Now for the main reveal- the prime update of the Explorer comes as a tech bonus. The next gen Explorer will be equipped with a 4G embedded modem that includes a Wi-Fi hotspot that will host up to 10 devices at once, in lieu with new safety features set. The 4G LTE hotspots are also found in plenty of General Motors automobiles. Ford will likely require a subscription fee for data access but it has not yet officially announced the specific details yet.
Another offered package is named the Safe and Smart set that is offered with the other features, and is set to give heads up in the form of cross-traffic alerts, lane keep assist, blind spot warnings and adaptive cruise control. In previous reports, Ford is planning to build the world's first ever fully autonomous vehicles, and by the sound of it, we are getting a preview of the futuristic plan in the form of the Safe and Smart Packages.
The romped up 2018 Explorer is just one of the surprises from Ford with its SUV expansion. Based on previous accounts, the American automaker is planning to roll out 5 new SUVs in North America by the year 2020: including the Bronco SUV- a 300 mile all electric vehicle, the Ecosport, and 2 still unnamed SUV's. The upgraded 2018 Ford Explorer will roll out from dealers this fall, and will be manufactured at the Ford's Chicago Assembly Plant. The Explorer comes with 3 powertrain variants: a 2.3 L Ecoboost 4 cylinder, 3.5 twin-turbo engine V6 EcoBoost and a 2nd 3.5 L that is naturally aspirated.