The latest version of the 2021 Ford Explorer has now reached the Philippines. It might not be officially out yet, but the Blue Oval is already pre-selling the midsize SUV locally. According to a report from carguide.ph, only three colors and two variants of the Limited trim are available for now.
Under the hood, the sixth-generation U625 Explorer’s sole powertrain option is a 2.3-liter turbocharged engine paired with a 10-speed automatic. At the most, the said engine can make up to 300 horsepower and 420 Nm of torque.
The new Explorer looks sportier than the previous version
What differentiates the available variants are their drivetrains. There's one that uses a 4x4 drivetrain and the other has 4x2. For the 4x2 version, power is sent to the rear.
Remember that the previous version of the Explorer came with either front-wheel or all-wheel-drive. The new Explorer in four-wheel-drive guise gets Ford’s Terrain Management System. This allows a user access to seven different drive modes for optimal performance in various driving conditions.
Also, of note about the new Explorer is that it uses the new Ford CD6 platform, which it shares with the new Lincoln Aviator. According to reports, this new platform allows for a rear-wheel drivetrain, as well as more space for occupants.
Regarding interior features, not much is known yet. If we base it on the US-spec Limited trim, however, then it gets triple-zone automatic climate control, a push to start button, a power tilt and telescopic steering column, a moonroof, power-adjustable front, and second-row seats, and a hands-free power tailgate, among others.
The new Explorer rides on 20-inch wheels
Safety is handled by the Ford Co-Pilot 360+, which is a collection of driver-assist features like lane-keep assist, cross-traffic alert, adaptive cruise control, pre-collision assist, and a rear-view camera.
Lastly, you can already reserve a 2021 Explorer at Ford dealerships. According to the same report, the price tag for the Explorer 2.3 Limited 4x4 sits at Php 2,998,000, and the Explorer 2.3 Limited 4x2 version can be had for Php 2,698,000.
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Know more about Ford Explorer
Ford is one of the top car brands in the Philippines that is most preferred by Filipinos when it comes to compact and midsize SUVs. The Ford Explorer is also a premium-looking SUV just like the Expedition, which is priced under Php 3 million. The history of the Ford Explorer traces back to over 20 years since it was launched in the early 1990s. It underwent numerous changes. That includes the recently redesigned platform that transformed it into a midsize crossover from its original body type, which is a midsize SUV. Over the years, the Ford Explorer has significantly grown up and currently offers and provides more for the needs of the Filipinos who are looking for a cross-country adventure. The Ford Explorer, being a midsize crossover, features a body dimension that is locally considered one of the largest in its class. The Ford Explorer maintained its status greatly with its extra masculine looks, tall standing, and a few touches of 21st- century design ideas. The cabin can comfortably accommodate seven occupants with leather seating material, wide moving spaces, and cool connectivity and entertainment features. Ford Philippines offer the Ford Explorer in two engine options, namely 3.5-liter and 2.3-liter EcoBoost engines.
Cesar G.B. Miguel