Earlier this month, we spotted the brand new 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch out testing for the very first time. Just a week later, we caught a glimpse of the luxurious new crossover’s King Ranch logos on the wheel center caps. However, the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch badges – located on the doors and rear liftgate – were covered up. Now, we have new photos to share of these badges, uncovered, for the very first time.
This uncovered 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch badges also confirm our original report that the King Ranch would be joining the 2021 Ford Explorer lineup, along with the Timberline, a more off-road focused model. Both the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch and Timberline have now been spied multiple times testing without camouflage, which makes sense since many people wouldn’t blink if they saw either driving around town.
As we previously reported, the new Ford Explorer King Ranch will slot just above the Limited and just below the range-topping Platinum trim in the Explorer lineup. As such, it will offer more features and interior amenities and niceties compared to the Limited as well.
The King Ranch will differentiate itself from the rest of the Explorer lineup with features including a tri-bar front grille with mesh backing that looks similar to that of the Limited, the aforementioned King Ranch badges on the doors and liftgate, body-color door handles with a chrome insert, a dual-tip dual exhaust, and a chrome strip along the bottom of the doors. The King Ranch will be powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6.
The King Ranch and Timberline will round out Ford’s Explorer lineup in North America for the 2021 model year, joining the existing Base, XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum trims.
In addition to these changes, all Explorer trim levels have received a price cut for the 2021 model year. A new XLT Sport Appearance Package has also been added, while the ST is receiving a few interior enhancements for the new model year as well.