Over the past several months, Ford Authority has reported extensively on the forthcoming, refreshed Ford Explorer, all while spotting numerous prototypes as well – many devoid of any type of camouflage. This typically signals that a debut is very close, and as such, many assumed that the refreshed Ford Explorer would launch in the coming months for the 2024 model year. However, sources familiar with the matter have now told Ford Authority that the Ford Explorer refresh has instead been pushed back to the 2025 model year.
While the refreshed Ford Explorer now won’t launch until the 2025 model year, production of the 2024 model is expected to only last a total of two months – January and February of next year. At the same time, 2024 will represent a carryover year for the popular crossover, with little to no changes in store. Production of the 2025 Explorer is expected to commence in late March 2024, but as is always the case, these dates are subject to change.
While we’ll have to wait a bit longer for the refreshed Ford Explorer to arrive, we already know quite a bit about what we can expect from the revised model when it does make its long-awaited debut. For starters, the crossover will feature revised styling on the outside, at least as it pertains to the front and rear fascias. Interestingly, this seemingly doesn’t apply to the Timberline, however, which was recently spotted with the same front end as the current model, though that could change with this news.
Meanwhile, the new Active trim will be added to the Explorer lineup, which may replace the XLT in the refreshed lineup. The high-performance ST will continue to be offered, however. Inside the cabin, the refreshed Explorer is set to receive a host of updates as well, which include a larger, standard touchscreen, as well as a revised center stack and dashboard.