The 2021 Ford Explorer is bringing back the XLT Sport Appearance Package. Set to launch this summer, the package features various unique exterior and interior elements.
- Unique Carbonized Gray-painted 20-inch wheels, plus matching
- Skid plates
- Hood lettering
- Dual chrome exhaust tips
- ActiveX Light Slate two-tone seats with accent stitching, matching
- The center console lid and door trim panels
Ford notes that the XLT Sport Appearance Package made up one of every four Explorer XLT models in previous Explorer models, and that the package is meant to attract younger SUV buyers.
“Our Sport Appearance Package offers a new styling dimension for Explorer XLT customers,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “It has always been a favorite among our younger customers looking for a more energetic design and feel at a great value.”
The XLT is currently the base trim level of the all-new 2020 Ford Explorer, with pricing starting at $36,675 (2020 model year). It is followed by the Limited, ST and Platinum.
Based on the Ford CD6 platform shared with the 2020 Lincoln Aviator, the all-new Explorer has had some issues related to quality and production output during its launch. Explorer sales declined nearly 15 percent to 48,083 units during the fourth quarter of 2019 and 26 percent to 168,309 units for the complete 2019 calendar year.
It’s worth noting that a decrease in sales volume is expected for the first model year of an all-new model as automakers change over production at the plant from the last-gen model to the new model, a process that takes anywhere from weeks to months, depending on the model. The changeover results in diminished supply, as the outgoing model sells out at the retail (dealer) level while the all-new models is not yet available to purchase.