Ford Authority was the first to report that the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch and Timberline would be joining the Ford Explorer lineup back in October of last year. Since then, we’ve spied multiple Explorer King Ranch prototypes out driving around, mostly uncovered. Earlier this week, Ford teased the new trim level in a short video, but now, the 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch has officially been revealed to the world.
The 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch is the latest addition to the Explorer lineup and celebrates 20 years of Ford’s collaboration with the legendary South Texas cattle ranch, beginning with the 2001 Ford F-150 King Ranch, when Ford and King Ranch teamed up to build a more upscale western-themed truck.
Since then, five generations of the Ford F-150, four generations of the Ford Super Duty, and three generations of the Ford Expedition have worn the King Ranch badge. Today, workers at the Texas ranch use a fleet of more than 300 Ford trucks to get the job done every day.
“In 1853, Captain Richard King bootstrapped the King Ranch in the harsh landscape of southern Texas until it became a shining example of agricultural and livestock innovation and success,” said Lee Newcombe, Ford Explorer marketing manager. “Ford Explorer families can now enjoy a piece of the King Ranch’s renowned craftsmanship and the multigeneration legacy that still thrives 168 years after its founding.”
On the outside, the Explorer King Ranch features a unique Stone Gray-painted mesh grille insert, 20-inch aluminum wheels with a “Running W” center cap, a liftgate scuff plate, quad chrome exhaust tips, and signature King Ranch badging.
Inside, the King Ranch offers hand-stitched premium touches and mahogany-colored Del Rio leather-trimmed seats with perforated front and second rows with the Running W logo. The center console features a Mesa Del Rio leather armrest and King Ranch logo insert, along with leather door trim rollovers, genuine Sapele wood instrument panel appliqués, plus a leather-wrapped steering wheel with Norias stitching and a Sapele wood insert.
Complementing the refined interior is an available Premium Technology Package featuring multi-contour seats with active motion massaging functionality, a 10.1-inch center stack portrait touch screen with swipe and pinch-to-zoom capability, and a 14-speaker sound system by Bang & Olufsen specially tuned to the Explorer’s interior.
In addition to the Ford Co-Pilot360 technology standard on all Explorer models, the King Ranch comes standard with Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, featuring Adaptive Cruise Control with Stop-and-Go and Lane Centering, Evasive Steering Assist, a voice-activated touch screen navigation system with pinch-to-zoom capability, SiriusXM Traffic and Travel Link, and Speed Sign Recognition.
As Ford Authority was the first to report, the Explorer King Ranch is powered by Ford’s 3.0L EcoBoost V6, which produces 365 horsepower and 380 pound-feet of torque, mated to FoMoCo’s 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability. The King Ranch offers the first application of rear-wheel drive in combination with the 3.0L EcoBoost in the Explorer range and is also available in all-wheel-drive configuration. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package enables a towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
The Explorer King Ranch will start at $52,350 in rear-wheel-drive configuration and $54,350 for all-wheel-drive models and will be available in dealerships this spring.