The Ford Explorer Platinum provides buyers with an array of styling, comfort, and tech features that represent a big step up from the base model. Now, Korean buyers will be able to experience this luxury as well, as the 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum has now launched in the East Asian nation, Ford Korea has announced.
Ford Korea says that the Explorer Platinum is an enhanced version of the Explorer 2.3 Limited model, and is powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6 that is rated to produce 370 horsepower and 390 pound-feet of torque.
Inside, the Korean Explorer Platinum is fitted with Ford’s 12.3-inch infotainment screen and an array of advanced driver assistance technologies including active parking assist and reverse brake assist features. “Explorer Platinum is the first present Ford Korea has prepared in 2021 for customers who look for a premium model in the Explorer,” said David Jeffrey, managing director for Ford Sales and Service Korea.
The Explorer Platinum follows the introduction of the Explorer PHEV, which took place last August. Overall, the crossover has found quite a bit of success in the region, topping the list of imported SUVs in terms of sales from 2017 to 2019, according to the data from Korea Automobile Importers & Distributors Association. In 2020, Ford sold 6,126 Explorers – a strong number in its segment.
Aside from the PHEV, the Platinum sits atop the Explorer hierarchy, which consists of XLT, Limited, ST, and Platinum trims in North America, while the PHEV is sold exclusively in Europe and other regions around the globe. In addition to price cuts across the board, the 2021 Explorer will also introduce a new XLT Sport Appearance Package and new King Ranch and Timberline trims, the latter of which we’ve spied testing several times in recent days.