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Refreshed Ford Explorer For China Adopts Full Width LED Light Bar

In recent years, more and more vehicles are being fitted with LED light bars that extend the full length of the front and/or rear ends of those vehicles. This trend has trickled down to a number of Blue Oval models as well, including the Ford F-150 Lightning and the forthcoming, refreshed 2023 Ford Escape as well. That group continues to grow, however, as the refreshed Ford Explorer built specifically for the Chinese market will also bear a full-width LED light bar up front.

The LED light bar present on the refreshed Chinese Ford Explorer looks very similar to the one on the 2023 Escape, as it spans the entire space between the headlights and adds an additional, thin lighting element to the mix. This is the first time we’re getting a look at the new light bar, though Ford teased the refreshed crossover back in March before fully unveiling it early last month.

In China, the Ford Explorer features updated styling that was developed specifically to appeal to customers in that market, where it has performed quite well in some recent studies. The crossover borrows some of its new styling cues from luxury sailboats and adds 21-inch turbine-style wheels. Inside, a massive 27-inch touchscreen spans the dashboard, coast-to-coast, with special seat material and patterns to boot.

As Ford Authority previously reported, the refreshed Chinese Explorer will likely remain in China, however, and won’t be coming to the U.S. In fact, the 2023 Ford Explorer in America will carry over to the new model year largely unchanged. However, North America will be getting an all-electric version of the Explorer, which is slated to launch in 2025, while an all-new gas-powered model is expected to arrive in 2026.

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

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. Bob

    Regarding the China Ford Explorer. Why is the US consumer still left with no updated in 2023? The last Explorer my wife and I owned was a”2002”, loved it, still miss it today. Anxiously waited for not just one, but two updates since then, and see that China is getting something that finally looks really appealing. To add insult to injury , Australia has the “Everest” SUV that totally rocks! Simple question. . . What about us, yes, the USA?

  2. MadMax

    I myself am more jealous about the cars they make for Australia like the UTE, China can keep their LED lightbar junk, can get one aftermarket and glue it on if you lust for that.

  3. Scotty

    I installed a pair of the LED Ford OEM off road light bars on my ’22 Timberline.
    Looks good when they’re off, and incredible when they’re on.

  4. Pete clifton

    I want to know about my explorer suv 23 model I ordered love to find out about it 23 platinum v6 ecbus engine when will
    It be here or when will it be in producition

  5. Derek

    I just purchased a Ford explorer 2022 limited 4×4. I hope I made the right choice, 301a package. I traded in my 2016 ford explorer xlt. I like my new ford, did I make a good choice?


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