The Ford Explorer last received a redesign in 2020 and a refresh in 2022 – but as Ford Authority was the first to report last year, the next planned refresh was recently pushed back from the 2024 model year to 2025. In the meantime, the 2024 Explorer is carrying over mostly unchanged, but there may be at least one big move come for that particular model’s lineup, as sources familiar with the matter tell Ford Authority that the Ford Explorer Platinum is being considered for Mexico.
Currently, the Ford Explorer is offered in XLT, Limited, and ST trim levels in Mexico, but that lineup could soon expand to include the luxurious Platinum as well. In the event that this is the case, the Explorer Platinum will likely launch in Mexico for the 2025 model year as part of the much-anticipated refresh for the long-running crossover.
In the U.S., the Ford Explorer Platinum sits atop the lineup as an even more luxurious variant than the Limited and King Ranch. It comes with features including Ford Co-Pilot360 Assist+, adaptive headlamps, Active Park Assist 2.0, Reverse Brake Assist, Multicontour front seats with Active Motion, an available 14-speaker B&O sound system, and leather seating surfaces with tri-diamond perforated inserts and accent stitching, to name just a few.
As for what we can expect from the 2025 Explorer mid-cycle refresh, the crossover is set to gain revised styling in the front and rear, as is typically the case. The new Active trim will also be added to the Explorer lineup, which may replace the XLT, and 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.