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2025 Ford Explorer Engineering Aided By Brazilian Team

Back in July 2022, Ford Brazil announced that it had consolidated its Development and Technology Center and shifted its focus to exporting various engineering services following an expansion and the addition of 500 new jobs. Shortly thereafter, we learned that this revamped facility was already working on multiple global projects, including a number of features that have since shown up in production Blue Oval models – such as Remote Rev in the all-new 2024 Ford Mustang. Now, we’re learning that the Ford Brazilian team also played a role in the engineering portion of developing the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer, too.

In fact, the Ford Brazil Development and Technology Center team had a hand in several aspects of 2025 Ford Explorer development, as around 50 people there worked hand-in-hand with U.S.-based engineers. That team participated in the testing and integration processes, along with the act of refining features including the headlights, taillights, rear tailgate, various interior panels, and USB ports, along with the rear seat occupant alert system and welcome animations.

Along with those updates, the 2025 Ford Explorer has received a host of revisions 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 late last month, the refreshed model is currently scheduled to enter production at the Chicago Assembly plant on May 13th.

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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