Ford Explorer 2019 Philippines: What's hot about the recently-launched version?

Updated Mar 04, 2022

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The refreshed Ford Explorer 2019 was quietly rolled out in the Philippines in October with subtle updates in terms of interior & technology. Find full details in our expert review.

In this review...

  1. Overview
  2. Exterior
  3. Interior
  4. Engine
  5. Safety & Security
  6. Specs
  7. Price and release date

1. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: A great surprise

Last month, Ford Philippines surprised all local car lovers with a quiet launch of the Ford Explorer 2019 facelift, along with the debut of the new EcoSport and Ranger Raptor.

After making its debut in the US market a year and a half ago, the Ford Explorer now continues to receive more updates on both cosmetic and technology.

Let’s follow to explore the Ford Explorer 2019 facelift - what’s new and what’s better?

2. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Exterior

So what’s new in the Ford Explorer 2019 redesign?

Walking around, the car shows some minor changes in its appearance. It is now adorned with a new front bumper and grille which gets more slat and has been slightly revised. The front fascia of the Philippine-spec Ford Explorer is also highlighted by all-new fog lamps - smaller L-shaped units coming to replace the C-shaped ones.

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Ford Explorer 2019 front view

Walking around, the car shows some minor changes in its appearance

Besides, a new center air intake is also added, which may not easy to realize for some woolgathering eyes. If the previous model gets a honeycomb trim, the new one now comes with more conventional slats. A trim peace is also added to be the lower apron of the large SUV.

Moving to the rear, the top-spec Sport version is equipped with Mustang-like quad-tip trapezoidal exhaust pipes. The rest of the car body gets no change.

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Ford Explorer 2019 angular front

A new center air intake is also added

Ford Explorer 2019 angular rear

Moving to the rear, the top-spec Sport version is equipped with Mustang-like quad-tip trapezoidal exhaust pipes

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3. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Interior

Like the exterior, the Ford Explorer 2019 interior also gets minor tweaks. Great updates are given for the infotainment system and materials. It is still armed with the Microsoft-based Sync 3 software but now it gets Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.

Additionally, the Explorer 2019 keeps its admirable array of features including a hands-free power tailgate, a dual panel moon roof, front powered seats and a 12-speaker Sony sound system.

Ford Explorer 2019 dashboard area

Like the exterior, the Ford Explorer 2019 interior also gets minor tweaks

The 2019 model year also has a standard blind spot monitoring and a front and rear parking camera with integrated washer, along with newly-added lane-keeping assist and adaptive cruise control.

4. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Engine

​​Under the hood, the new 2019 Ford Explorer retains its engine range as the predecessor. The Limited version comes with a 2.3L EcoBoost engine which is capable of cranking out 272 hp and 408 Nm of torque. Meanwhile, the Sport variant still being the top-of-the-line model is powered by a 3.5L EcoBoost V6 mill which can produce 368 hp and 475 Nm of torque, driven by an all-wheel-drive system.

As also mentioned in our Ford Explorer 2018 review, both powertrains work in a conjunction with a 6-speed automatic transmission paddle shifters.

Ford Explorer 2019 engine

Under the hood, the new 2019 Ford Explorer retains its engine range as the predecessor

5. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Safety & Security

Actually, it is hard for us to list all safety features of the Ford Explorer because it’s a very very lengthy list. Even so, Ford now gives more fondness for the SUV with extra safety features as mentioned above:

  • Driver's Airbag
  • Side Airbag
  • Knee Airbag
  • ABS (with Electronic Brake Force Distribution and Panic Brake Assist)
  • Security Alarm
  • Stability Control
  • Speed Sensing Door Locks
  • Electronic Brake Distribution
  • Electronic Door Locks
  • Front Passenger's Airbag
  • Lane Departure Warning System
  • Curtain Airbag
  • Blind-Spot Detection System
  • Immobilizer
  • Adaptive cruise control
  • Lane-keeping assist
  • Blind spot monitoring
  • Rear parking camera with integrated washer

6. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Specs

Ford Explorer 2019 Specs in the Philippines
Name Ford Explorer 3.5 Sport V6 EcoBoost 4x4
Year Introduced 2012 (Refreshed: 2016)
Body Type 5-door SUV
Engine / Drive F/AWD
Engine & Performance
Engine Size 3.5 L
Displacement 3,496 cc
Number of Cylinders 6
Number of Valves 24
Transmission Type 6-speed SelectShift Automatic
Powertrain All-Wheel Drive
Max Output 365 hp @ 5,500 rpm
Max Torque 475 Nm @ 3,500 rpm
Fuel Type Gasoline
Fuel Capacity 70 L
Fuel Consumption 7.3 L/100 km
Length 5,006 mm
Width 2,004 mm
Height 1,765 mm
Wheelbase 2,860 mm
Curb Weight 2,218 kg
Turning Circle 11.9 m
Number of Doors 5
Number of Seats 7
Suspension and Tires
Front Suspension Independent, MacPherson Strut, Sport Tuned
Rear Suspension Independent, Multi-link, Sport Tuned
Front Brakes Vented Disc
Rear Brakes Disc
Tires Hankook Ventus S1 Noble2 255/50 R 20 H (f & r)
Wheels Alloy
Headlights LED
Fog Lamps Yes, Front
Auto Lights Yes
Steering Wheel Adjust Tilt/Telescopic, Electric
Steering Wheel Material Leather
Seating Surface Leather
Seating Adjustment Electric (front, driver w/ memory)
Folding Rear Seat
  • 60/40 (2nd row)
  • 50/50 (3rd row, electric)
On-Board Computer Yes
Convenience Features & Technology
Power Windows  
Power Door Locks  
Power Mirrors Yes, with Fold
Power Steering  
Climate Control
  • Front: Dual Zone
  • Rear: Manual
Entertainment system
  • Stereo
  • DVD
  • MP3
  • USB
  • SD Card
  • Bluetooth
  • 12 Speakers
  • Android Auto 
  • Apple CarPlay
Steering Controls Yes
Tire Pressure Monitoring Yes
Power Liftgate Yes
Terrain Management System Yes
Safety Features
Driver's Airbag Yes
Front Passenger's Airbag Yes
Curtain Airbag Yes
Knee Airbag Yes
Side Airbag Yes
Electronic Brake Distribution Yes
ABS Yes, with EBD
Panic Brake Assist Yes
Security Alarm Yes
Stability Control Yes
Speed Sensing Door Locks Yes
Immobilizer Yes
Blind-Spot Detection System Yes
Lane Departure Warning System Yes
Blind spot monitoring  Yes
Lane-keeping assist  Yes
Adaptive cruise control Yes

7. Ford Explorer 2019 Philippine facelift: Price and release date

As for the Ford Explorer 2019 price in the Philippines, there is a slight bump in its prices - around P50,000 up.

In detail, the Ford Explorer Limited EcoBoost 2019 gets a retail price of P2,798,000 while the Explorer 3.5 Sport EcoBoost is priced at P3,178,000. So now, wait for what? Just visit any Ford dealerships in the Philippines to order this excellent SUV and have great driving experience.

Ford Explorer 2019 front view

Ford Philippines has quietly launched the Explorer 2019 at the Ford Island Conquest last October

Don't be disappointed if this is not the next-gen Explorer that you are longing for. According to the latest car news, an all-new Explorer will be rolled out in 2020. Although the detailed specifications have yet to be disclosed, it is expected that the next-gen unit will sit on a completely new platform and also come equipped with a performance-directed ST version. Let's wait and see!

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Ford Explorer 2019 price in the Philippines
 Model Price
Ford Explorer 2.3 Limited EcoBoost P2,798,000 
Ford Explorer 3.5 Sport EcoBoost  P3,178,000

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