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2021 Ford Explorer Gains New Forged Green Color: First Look

The 2021 Ford Explorer adds four new colors to its roster: Carbonized Gray, Stone Gray, Infinite Blue Metallic Tinted Clearcoat, and Forged Green. Here’s our first look at the Forged Green option, which was added mid-year into the lineup.

2021 Ford Explorer

Assigned order code L9, Forged Green is a metallic color that’s one of ten colors available for the 2021 Ford Explorer.

Forged Green is a no-cost option available on all trims except for Base, on which it is not available. Otherwise, the color can be paired with every interior colorway.

Ford Explorer Trim Levels:

  • Base
  • XLT
  • Limited
  • Timberline (new for 2021)
  • ST
  • King Ranch (new for 2021)
  • Platinum

Ford Explorer Interior Color Combinations:

  • Sandstone
  • Ebony
  • Ebony with Light Slate
  • Light Slate
  • Light Sandstone
  • Java

2021 Ford Explorer

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, value-oriented Enthusiast ST model, and the all-new Explorer King Ranch. The off-road oriented Explorer Timberline is due to hit dealer lots soon as well, and we recently had an opportunity to photograph one up close at the 2021 Chicago Auto Show.

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, which represents 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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  1. Lurch

    Kind of late–shouldn’t this be for the 2022 model year?

    1. Brandon

      Seriously. I am so confused. As someone who is waiting for the 22 explorer, I am frustrated by the lack of info on it. I would expect something at this point. And these new color options being for the “21”, I’m just confused.

  2. Tenrten

    FYI the Ford explore ST “enthusiast” standard options 400A package it’s not correct ….and the enthusiast monitor is nowhere to be found on the Ford website

  3. Brenda Willis

    It’s a shame the body style of the Explorer is now that of a sports car vs the luxury look it had up until the 2019 model. I’ve been a loyal Explorer girl since the 1994 model. I so looked forward to the 2020 after my 2017 lease was up. Couldn’t believe what you folks came up with. Fortunately I found a one year old 2019 Explorer. Don’t know where I’ll go next. Hate to leave the brand.. Why such a drastic change? The rear end actually looks like an afterthought.

  4. Mary Jude Trice

    I just purchased a 2022 Ford Edge! I ordered the Forged Green from the colors pictured on Ford’s website. No catalog available. I will take partial blame for not asking but the salesman should have shown be the vehicle before I signed papers. Forged green is nowhere near green. It looks dark gray or black. When I ask people what color they think it is they always say black. I was so upset when I saw it but thought it might look better when I got it home and in the sunlight. Well it doesn’t. It looks black. When I called the next day to ask the dealer what it would cost me to trade it in for a different color I was told it would cost between $5000 and $6000. I guess I will live with it but I will never order another vehicle without seeing one in person and I will look at it before I sign papers. Ford should be ashamed of themselves.


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