2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport Model Revealed

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When the 2017 Ford Explorer SUV begins arriving in showrooms this summer, buyers will be confronted with the prospect of a new, sixth model: the XLT Sport.

The 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport will feature a unique collection of appearance touches, including 20-inch wheels, a grille, side mirror caps, and a rear appliqué all shod in Magnetic Gray, Ebony Black body side cladding, a black roof rack, and an Explorer hood badge. Inside, notable changes on the new Ford Explorer XLT Sport consist of Explorer logo floor mats, and Dark Earth Gray leather front seats with Miko® suede seat back uppers.

Miko® suede is a synthetic “faux” suede material made of recycled fibers. Cows still die, just slightly fewer now.

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Powering the 2017 Ford Explorer XLT Sport is the same normally-aspirated 3.5-liter V6 that comes standard on the XLT model, SYNC 3 infotainment, Intelligent Access with push-button start, 10-way adjustable power driver’s seat, and more.

Says Ford Explorer Brand Marketing Manager Omar Odeh: “Our Sport Appearance philosophy is rooted in the fact that we know exterior appearance is the No. 1 consideration in SUV purchase decisions. The XLT Sport Appearance Package is a dramatic offering that gives customers another attractive option.”

Also announced was a new Sport Appearance Package for the 2017 Ford Escape SE and Titanium models, set to launch in the coming months. That Appearance Package includes 19-inch alloy wheels and a high-gloss upper grille, both shod in Ebony Black, along with black beltline molding and front fenders, leather sport seats with contrast stitching, and more.

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Written by Aaron Brzozowski

Aaron Brzozowski is a writer and motoring enthusiast from Detroit with an affinity for '80s German steel. He is not active on the Twitter these days, but you may send him a courier pigeon.

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