As Ford Authority has reported over the past several months, the Ford Explorer is set to undergo a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, and we’ve spotted a host of prototypes out driving around over that same time span – including several that aren’t covered by any sort of camouflage. However, the 2023 Ford Explorer isn’t exactly soldiering on without any changes, nor any mid-year updates, either. In fact, sources familiar with the matter have now told Ford Authority that the 2023 Ford Explorer is gaining a reverse brake assist credit option, too.
2023 Ford Explorer production has been updated to include this new reverse brake assist credit option, a move that’s presumably been made as a result of supply chain issues. The feature utilizes radar sensors in the rear bumper to detect the presence of objects and help avoid a collision when backing up by automatically applying the brakes when the system detects an object in the vehicle’s path. Reverse brake assist is currently part of the Explorer ST High Package, and is standard equipment on the King Ranch and Platinum trims.
While the 2023 Ford Explorer has only been treated to this and a couple of other minor changes, the long-running crossover did also get its previously available auto stop-start removal option deleted back in June. 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 previously the case with several models in The Blue Oval’s lineup. Additionally, Ford introduced a 360-Degree Camera Credit option as a result of ongoing supply chain challenges, as Ford Authority reported yesterday.
Aside from these updates, the 2023 Ford Explorer carries on mostly unchanged, aside from the deletion of two colors from its available exterior palette – Atlas Blue Metallic and Jewel Red Metallic Tinted Clearcoat. Atlas Blue was formerly a no-cost option on Base, XLT, ST-Line, Limited, and ST trims, while Jewel Red was an extra cost option for XLT, Limited, King Ranch, and Platinum models.