The Ford Explorer has been around for over three decades spanning six generations, the latest of which was introduced for the 2020 model year. The utility vehicle was subject to a handful of changes for the 2022 model year, gaining things like standard rear-wheel-drive for the Explorer ST and a new trim level known as ST-Line. For the 2023 model year, the Explorer doesn’t feature any major changes over its predecessor, but looking ahead, the 2024 Ford Explorer will bring a midcycle refresh to the crossover, including revamped exterior styling, a redesigned cockpit, along with potential performance upgrades. Already, Ford Authority has spied several prototypes of the 2024 Ford Explorer undergoing testing, including an Explorer ST and an Explorer Timberline. Now, we’re outlining what we know and expect from the forthcoming 2024 Explorer.
First and foremost, the 2024 Ford Explorer will see a revamping of its model range. Some trim levels, like XTL, will be replaced by a new called Active. Meanwhile, higher-end trims like ST, King Ranch, Timberline, and Platinum will carry over.
Outside, the 2024 Ford Explorer will feature restyled front fascias that will vary depending on trim level. New headlights, new grilles and new bumper treatments will be applied to all trims except for the Timberline and Police Interceptor Utility models. The rear end will also be revamped, with new taillights that will extend into the liftgate, while some trims will also feature new wheel designs.
The 2024 Ford Explorer will also feature a revamped cockpit, featuring a new infotainment screen that’s larger than those used in the current model. The new screen will be horizontally oriented, unlike the uplevel display in the current, pre-refresh Explorer. These changes will be accompanied by a rearrangement in the center stack, with a new set of AC vents, HVAC controls, followed by a shelf just above the center console.
The new screen will feature an infotainment system powered by Google, while other tech features could include things like the addition of 5G connectivity in place of existing 4G features. We expect Ford BlueCruise – the automaker’s advanced hands-free driver assistance system – to find its way to the 2024 Explorer.
The 2024 Ford Explorer will continue riding on the Ford CD6 platform, which has underpinned every sixth-gen Explorer thus far. As for what’s under the hood, the forthcoming crossover will likely retain the current model’s engine lineup, which includes the turbocharged 2.3L I4 EcoBoost (300 horsepower and 310 pound-feet of torque), the 3.3L V6 Hybrid (318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque combined) and the turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost (365 horsepower / 380 pound-feet of torque). The Explorer ST, King Ranch, and Platinum makes use of that same 3.0L V6 engine, with the current model able to coax 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque from the powerhouse. However, the 2024 Ford Explorer ST could gain a bit more power from the same setup. There is also a possibility that Ford could change the powertrain structure by introducing a new powertrain into the mix.
The 2024 Ford Explorer to be produced at the Ford Chicago Assembly Plant, which has been responsible for the production of all sixth-generation models for North America. Production is expected to kick off in late 2023, and the crossover will become available for purchase shortly thereafter as a 2024 model year vehicle. It’s worth noting that the Chinese variant of the Ford Explorer has already received its midcycle refresh, and as such, it’s likely that the North American variant will follow suit with similar – but not the same – elements.