All-new for the 2020 model year, the current-generation Ford Explorer is set to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, as Ford Authority previously reported. In the meantime, the 2023 Ford Explorer has already received a small handful of minor updates, though it seems as if those aren’t finished quite yet. As Ford Authority reported yesterday, the crossover is deleting two colors from its available exterior palette, and now, sources familiar with the matter have told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Explorer auto start-stop removal option has been deleted, too.
The auto start-stop removal option was introduced back in March 2022 and was required when supply chain issues prevented this particular feature from being installed on those vehicles, as was the case with several models in The Blue Oval’s lineup. Now, the 2023 Ford Explorer has removed this particular option from production, which means that moving forward, the crossover will come standard with auto stop-start, as was the case previously.
Aside from this update, the 2023 Ford Explorer carries on mostly unchanged, aside from removal options for the SecuriCode entry keypad – which may be deleted from future models due to ongoing supplier constraints – and the hands-free liftgate, which has been dropped from the 2023 lineup altogether.
As Ford Authority reported last October, the 2024 Ford Explorer is set to receive a refresh for the new model year, which should introduce some more significant updates to the crossover’s exterior and interior styling, as well as its tech features. To date, Ford Authority has spotted a handful of 2024 Explorer prototypes out testing, a list that includes the the high-performance ST and the off-road-focused Timberline, as well as the model’s interior – which features an updated digital instrument cluster and a new, horizontally-oriented infotainment screen.