Previously expected to debut for the 2024 model year, the refreshed Ford Explorer was recently pushed back to 2025, as Ford Authority exclusively reported last month. In the meantime, the 2024 Ford Explorer will carry over with very few changes – mostly representing a carryover year for the popular crossover. However, sources familiar the matter have told Ford Authority that there is at least one big update coming for the 2024 Ford Explorer – it’s dropping the 3.3L V6 Hybrid engine option.
The 2024 Ford Explorer lineup will not include the 3.3L V6 hybrid, as both trims that currently offer it – the Limited Hybrid (310A) and Platinum Hybrid (600A) – have been dropped, which means the hybrid is no longer available. However, the non-civilian, law enforcement-focused Police Interceptor Utility will still continue to utilize this electrified powertrain.
As for the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer, 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 given the model’s recent delay.
Meanwhile, the new Active trim will be added to the Explorer lineup, which may replace the XLT, while the high-performance ST will continue to be offered. 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. Production of the 2024 Ford Explorer is expected to only last a total of two months – January and February of next year, while production of the 2025 model is expected to commence in late March 2024 – however, as is always the case, these dates are subject to change.