Following a redesign for the 2020 model year, the Ford Explorer received a few changes for 2022, including the addition of standard rear-wheel drive for the ST, the new ST-Line trim, and a few other minor tweaks. Meanwhile, a refreshed Ford Explorer was recently revealed in China sporting a different look and a revised interior compared to its North American counterpart. It would make sense to assume that the U.S. Explorer would follow suit, but as Ford Authority reported yesterday, that isn’t likely to happen. Now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Explorer will arrive later this year, completely unchanged from the 2022 model year.
The 2023 Ford Explorer will carryover from the 2022 model with no changes to trim levels or colors, though it’s possible Ford may offer a few tweaks later in the model year, but those would represent relatively minor changes, and nothing resembling the refresh that the Chinese version of the long-running crossover recently received.
As Ford Authority reported in June, 2023 Explorer order banks are scheduled to open up on August 11th, 2022, while production is slated to begin at the Chicago Assembly plant on November 7th, 2022. But while this particular model won’t introduce any changes for the new model year, bigger things are on the horizon.
That includes the launch of the all-electric Explorer and Lincoln Aviator, which were originally expected to launch in 2023 but have since been pushed back to late 2024. These two EVs won’t be built at the Chicago plant or the Cuautitlan Assembly Plant in Mexico alongside the Ford Mustang Mach-E as originally planned, though a recent report indicates that each could instead be produced at the Oakville Assembly plant in Canada following its forthcoming retooling for EV production.