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.