Previously expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, the forthcoming Ford Explorer update has since been pushed back to 2025 – as Ford Authority exclusively reported last month – even though we’ve already seen numerous refreshed crossovers out testing over the past several months. Thus, the 2024 Ford Explorer will carry over into that model year essentially unchanged – save for at least one notable update – though production isn’t expected to last very long. Regardless, sources familiar with the matter have informed Ford Authority that 2024 Ford Explorer production is slated to begin in January.
More specifically, 2024 Ford Explorer production is currently scheduled to begin at the Chicago Assembly plant on January 2nd, though as always, this date is subject to change. In fact, with the ongoing United Auto Workers strike directly impacting production at the Chicago facility for weeks now, that could very well be the case.
In the meantime, as Ford Authority previously reported, 2024 Explorer production is expected to only last a total of two months – January and February – with production of the 2025 Explorer slated to commence in late March 2024, making it a bit of a short run by anyone’s standards. Though it’s carrying over largely unchanged, the 2024 Ford Explorer is being treated to one major update – it will no longer be available with the 3.3L V6 hybrid engine – save for the Police Interceptor Utility – as that powertrain has been discontinued for the new model year.
Bigger changes are in store for 2025, as the Explorer will receive some exterior styling updates, while the new Active trim will be added to the Explorer lineup – possibly replacing the XLT – though 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.