The Ford Explorer launched in China back in July of 2020 with a few minor styling differences when compared to the North American version, including a larger front grille, revised bumper cover, and a different trim level structure and engine lineup. Thus, when the Chinese version of the refreshed 2023 Ford Explorer leaked online last month, it was notable given the fact that these two models have historically shared so much in common. Now, FoMoCo has officially teased the refreshed Chinese Ford Explorer ahead of its forthcoming reveal, giving us an even better look at the updated crossover.
The refreshed Chinese version of the Explorer features a few changes on the exterior, including up front, where there’s a heavily revised grille and headlight design, revised fog lights, a full-width chrome strip on the rear tailgate, a new rear bumper, and update taillights. The biggest differences between the current-gen Explorer and this refreshed model lie inside the cabin, however.
There, the refreshed Explorer has received a pretty extensive overhaul with a massive landscape-oriented infotainment screen similar to other Chinese Blue Oval products like the Ford Evos, Mondeo, and Lincoln Zephyr, as well as fewer physical controls and a cleaner, more modern appearance.
While it’s common for Chinese Blue Oval models to get unique features when compared to their North American counterparts, it’s unclear how much of this particular Explorer refresh will carry over to the U.S. version. The current-gen Chinese Explorer presents a few differences when compared to the North American model aside from the aforementioned styling details, including the availability of a black-painted roof option and a larger infotainment screen, so it’s quite possible that many of the changes seen here will carry over to the American version.
In the meantime, Ford Authority has reached out to Ford China and a representative revealed that they will have additional information to share on the refreshed Explorer soon.