2023 Ford Explorer comes with Everest-like taillights, massive screen

Updated Aug 05, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

This is the first time the Explorer has been designed outside North America. 

Ford has taken the wraps off the 2023 Explorer midsize SUV for the Chinese market, sharing a minor design element with its Everest stablemate as well as packing a large infotainment screen in the cabin. 

2023 Ford Explorer

The latest version still rides on the same CD6 platform as the outgoing model 

The new Explorer has been recognizable in the U.S. market, eventually making its debut in China in 2012. Ford’s China Design Center, the automaker’s sixth and latest global design studio, is where the latest iteration of the SUV was developed in terms of aesthetics.   

“Being the first time the Explorer was designed outside of North America, it was important that it continues its successful heritage of pioneering innovation and adventure whilst being modernized for the progressive China market,” said Simon Brook, Chief Designer of Ford China Design Center. 


Despite being billed as all-new, the latest Explorer is actually a heavily facelifted version of the sixth-generation model released in 2019. It stands 13mm longer than the previous iteration at 5,063mm, while retaining all other dimensions comprising a length of 2,004mm, a height of 1,775mm, and a wheelbase spanning 3,025mm. 

Ford Explorer front

A new fascia defines the front end of the new Explorer

The exterior showcases Ford’s ‘Progressive Energy in Strength’ design language, retaining the familiar silhouette while adopting revamped front and rear ends. Restyled LED headlamps look like slightly curved versions of the fifth-generation facelift, bridged by the large grille. Intakes on the corners of the front bumper now have a more vertical orientation, with the daytime running lights relocated near the hood’s leading edge.           

Ford says that the new Explorer takes inspiration from a luxury yacht, with the C-pillar resembling the mast on a sailboat. At the rear, the model sports LED taillights that look similar to those used on the Everest, connected by a chrome strip with LED accents on the liftgate. A set of 21-inch turbine fan alloy wheels completes the look.   


The interior on the new Explorer has been revamped as well, featuring wider seats and improved bolsters. These are wrapped in unique China seat material with patterns designed in partnership with automotive leather supplier Eagle Ottawa.   

Ford Explorer interior sketch

Three seating rows are still standard

A more premium atmosphere is present with the triple-zone climate control’s streamlined vents on the dashboard and raised center console, coupled with ambient lighting.   

Tech & Safety 

Drivers face a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster behind the leather-clad flat-bottom steering wheel. A heads-up display projects vehicle information on the windshield within the driver’s field of view. 

Ford Explorer interior

The China-spec Explorer uses a landscape orientation for the touchscreen

For infotainment, the new Explorer uses a 27-inch touchscreen arranged in a landscape orientation spanning most of the dashboard surface, standard on all trims. This is connected to a Bang & Olufsen audio system. An array of advanced driver-assist systems (ADAS) is said to endow the new Explorer with Level 2 Plus autonomous driving capability.   

Engine & Drivetrain

The new Explorer still offers the same powertrain as the outgoing model. That would be a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbocharged engine good for 272 horsepower and 425 Nm of torque, working in concert with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Power is delivered to either the rear wheels or all four using an intelligent all-wheel-drive system.   


No pricing information has been disclosed as of this writing, and it is unclear whether the styling and tech updates will be implemented on the U.S.-spec and E.U.-spec versions of the SUV.

Ford Explorer on road

It still uses the same 2.3-liter EcoBoost power unit

The 2023 Ford Explorer will officially debut at the Chengdu Auto Show later this month.  

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Know more about Ford Explorer 2024

Ford Explorer

Currently in its sixth generation, the Ford Explorer 2023 is a five-door midsize crossover SUV. It was introduced globally in 2019, and then Ford Philippines launched it for the local market in December 2021 for the 2023 model year. In the local market, the Explorer's sole variant is the Limited 2.3 EcoBoost 4WD AT, which comes with a Php 3,498,000 price tag.

Under the hood of the Ford Explorer is a 2.3-liter inline-4 turbocharged gasoline engine that's capable of making up to 300hp and 420Nm of torque. The said engine is then linked to a 10-speed automatic gearbox which sends power to all four wheels.

Size-wise, the all-new Explorer is 5,049mm long, 2,268mm wide, and 1,783mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 3,025mm, and a ground clearance of 208mm. 

In the Philippines, the Ford Explorer rivals the likes of the Mazda CX-9, Hyundai Santa Fe, and the Kia Sorento. 

₱ 3,498,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being Philkotse.com’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.

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