As Ford Authority reported last October, the refreshed 2022 Ford Explorer is currently undergoing testing, and in the months since then, we’ve spotted both a high-performance ST and off-road-focused Timberline out driving around. After receiving a complete redesign for the 2020 model year, the forthcoming mid-cycle refresh figures to bring some exterior styling updates to the long-running crossover, as well as some interior revisions and perhaps some new tech features. Now, Ford Authority has spotted the interior of the refreshed 2024 Ford Explorer for the first time, shedding some light on what sorts of changes we can expect inside the cabin.
The most notable change that we can see here, right off the bat, is an updated digital instrument cluster that looks right in line with what’s currently available on upper trim level variants of the Ford F-150. We can clearly see a digital tach in the left-hand side of that screen that looks essentially identical to the one present in the F-150, though the rest of the screen is obscured in these photos, save for part of the center portion.
Moving to the infotainment screen in the center stack, we get a better look at the new, horizontally-oriented unit that’s running a pretty unique-looking version of what could be an updated Sync 4 interface. Much like the current setup, the screen here is divided up into two sections – in this case, the larger portion is dedicated to Google Maps, while the smaller section says “go to audio app” – making it possible that Android Auto was running when these photos were taken, or that this is the all-new software running a Google-developed operating system. There’s also a spot where a profile can be created, too, which possibly relates to Google Account integration, a feature that’s part of vehicles already utilizing the Google Built-in operating system.
Toward the bottom, this new screen – which doesn’t look quite as large as the other landscape-oriented units present in some more modern Blue Oval models – seemingly has controls for the HVAC system integrated into it, as well as the heated/cooled seats, while the start-stop button is more angled toward the driver than the current model. Judging from what we can see here, the North American Explorer refresh won’t take after its Chinese counterpart – inside the cabin, at least – as the latter model sports different styling and a unique 27-inch coast-to-coast touchscreen.
In terms of exterior styling, previously-spied prototypes were covered with heavy camo at both the front and rear, which likely means that the 2024 Ford Explorer will get some updates at each end. These latest photos provide also more evidence that the tailgate will gain cosmetic elements across the entire width of the tailgate. In the meantime, the 2023 Ford Explorer carries on unchanged following a host of updates for the 2022 model year, including the addition of standard rear-wheel drive for the ST, the new ST-Line trim, and a few other minor tweaks.