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2021 Ford Explorer Gains New Carbonized Gray Color: First Look

The 2021 Ford Explorer adds three new colors to its roster: Stone Gray, Infinite Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Carbonized Gray. Here’s our first look at the Carbonized Gray option.

2021 Ford Explorer

Assigned order code M7, Carbonized Gray is one of nine colors available on the 2021 Ford Explorer.

The Carbonized Gray color is a no-cost option that is available throughout the Explorer lineup without any restrictions.

Ford Explorer Trim Levels:

  • Base
  • XLT
  • Limited
  • ST
  • King Ranch
  • Platinum

Ford Explorer Interior Color Combinations:

  • Sandstone
  • Ebony
  • Light Slate
  • Light Sandstone

2021 Ford Explorer

2021 Ford Explorer Launch Timeframe

As of this writing, the 2021 Explorer is available at the retail level, as the Ford Chicago Assembly plant has been producing the three-row since late 2020, although output at the facility has been significantly hampered by the ongoing microchip shortage. As Ford Authority previously reported, The Blue Oval opted to reduce availability of paddle shifters and roof rails for 2021 model year Explorers. That said, the three-row crossover is set to gain some notable additions later this year, in the form of the Outfitters cargo management accessory bundles, rear-wheel drive Enthusiast ST model, and the all-new Explorer King Ranch. An off-road oriented Explorer Timberline is on the horizon as well, although it is currently unclear as to when Ford will reveal the model.

The 2021 Explorer rides on the Ford CD6 platform shared with the 2021 Lincoln Aviator. Ford completely redesigned the Ford Explorer for the 2020 model year, representing the sixth-generation of the nameplate.

We’ll have more on the 2021 Explorer soon, so subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news and around-the-clock Ford news coverage.

Ed owns a 1986 Ford Taurus LX, and he routinely daydreams about buying another one, a fantasy that may someday become a reality.

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