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2025 Ford Explorer Production Kicks Off This May

Previously expected to receive a mid-cycle refresh for the 2024 model year, the forthcoming Ford Explorer update was later pushed back to the 2025 model year – as Ford Authority was the first to report last September. As a result, 2024 Explorer production won’t last very long after it just began at the Chicago Assembly plant last month. It was previously unclear when, exactly, 2025 Ford Explorer production would take over for the outgoing model, but now, sources familiar with the matter have informed Ford Authority that this is expected to happen in May.

2025 Ford Explorer production is currently scheduled to begin on May 13th, specifically, though production of the Police Interceptor Utility won’t commence until a bit later, on June 3rd. As is always the case, these dates are subject to change, and in recent years, they tend to do precisely that given ongoing supply chain issues and other factors.

The 2025 Ford Explorer has received a host of updates as part of its latest mid-cycle refresh, which include a revamped trim level lineup that now consists of the Active, Platinum, ST-Line, and ST, paired with numerous styling revisions to its front fascia, headlights, air curtains, and rear taillights/tailgate area. The same goes for the inside, which has been tweaked to increase front row legroom while also adding things like new soft touch surfaces, Ford Digital Experience software, and a 13.2-inch infotainment screen.

In terms of powertrains, FoMoCo has simplified things a bit, as there’s currently no hybrid option, notably. Instead, customers have two choices – the turbocharged 2.3L I-4 EcoBoost, which is standard in the Active, Platinum, and ST-Line, and the twin-turbocharged 3.0L V6 EcoBoost, which is standard in the ST and optional in the Platinum. As Ford Authority reported earlier this week, the 2025 Explorer is also the latest Blue Oval model to ditch its factory-installed Illuminated Door Entry Keypad for a dealer-installed option, which costs $350.

We’ll have more on the 2025 Ford Explorer soon, so be sure and subscribe to Ford Authority for the latest Ford Explorer news and comprehensive Ford news updates.

Brett's lost track of all the Fords he's owned over the years and how much he's spent modifying them, but his current money pits include an S550 Mustang and 13th gen F-150.

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  1. ronarb

    When can we expect the opportunity to order the Hybrid version ?

  2. Mitch

    Ford needs to add the Timberline (Tremor) version with the 3.0L and ActiveX Seating Material without the Cloth Insert, no moonroof and 2nd row bench seat.

    They’re losing a lot of customers to the Chevy Traverse Z71.


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