Yesterday, at a special event in New York, Ford unveiled the very latest update to its ever-important SUV portfolio: the 2018 Ford Explorer.
No, this is not the complete redesign we’ve been waiting for ever since covered prototypes started roaming the public roads; what it is is a minor-but-meaningful update to tide us over until that new sixth-generation model bows.
The Ford Explorer’s handsome exterior has been touched up a tad for 2018, receiving tweaked front and rear fascias, a new grille, and new fog lamps. The range-topping, 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 gets a new, quad-tip exhaust, and four new paint colors will be made available: Blue Metallic, Cinnamon Glaze, Platinum Dune Tricoat, and Burgundy Velvet Tinted Clearcoat. Both mechanically and aesthetically, everything else carries over.
Inside the updated Ford Explorer, however, is a veritable onslaught of new features. Most notably, a 4G embedded modem will be available from 2018, delivering mobile WiFi for up to 10 connected devices, as far as 50 feet from the vehicle. Naturally, SYNC Connect will come with it, enabling owners to remotely access their vehicles with the FordPass app, from anywhere there’s a mobile signal.
And then, there’s the available “Safe and Smart Package,” which includes Adaptive Cruise Control and Collision Warning with Brake Assist, Blind Spot Information System (BLIS), Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, automatic high-beams, and rain-sensing wipers all in a single package.
The 2018 Ford Explorer will arrive at dealerships starting this fall.