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Ford Explorer Production Remains Stable In March 2024

With the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer currently scheduled to enter production at the Chicago Assembly plant next month, production of the outgoing 2024 model will be short-lived. Regardless, following a weeks-long shutdown at the Chicago plant due to the UAW strike last fall, Ford Explorer production steadily increased once things got back online in November, improving each of the last two months of the year, as well as in both January and February to kick off 2024. That was also the case in March, albeit, in a smaller way, according to Ford’s Q1 2024 sales report.

After Ford Explorer production grew to 21,835 units in January, it increased yet again the following month – to 24,482 units, which represented an increase of just over 12 percent. Things slowed down a bit in March, as Ford Explorer production at the Chicago plant totaled 24,692 units, but that still represents a small month-over-month increase of 210 units or just under one percent.

In the meantime, the 2024 model is set to be replaced on the assembly line by the refreshed 2025 Ford Explorer in just a few weeks, and that model will arrive bearing a number of notable changes compared to the outgoing crossover. That includes the addition of the new entry-level Active to the lineup, plus a revised fascia that varies slightly by trim, slimmer LED headlights, and lower, wider air curtains. In the rear, the taillights now extend to the nameplate appliqué, too.

In addition to the new Ford Digital Experience infotainment software, the refreshed 2025 Explorer is also getting a larger 13.2-inch infotainment screen, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, new soft touch surfaces, available ActiveX seating, silver mesh accents, and a redesigned dashboard that’s been moved forward to increase front row legroom, along with various other changes.

We’ll have more production numbers to share soon, so be sure to subscribe to Ford Authority for more Ford Explorer news and ongoing Ford news coverage.

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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