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The 2018 Ford Explorer is offered with the following gasoline engines, depending on the model:

  • Naturally-aspirated 3.5L Duratec-Cyclone Ti-VCT V6 rated at 290 horsepower (216 kW) and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) of torque
  • Turbocharged 2.3L EcoBoost inline four-cylinder rated at 280 horsepower (209 kW) and 310 pound-feet (420 Nm) of torque
  • Twin-turbocharged 3.5L EcoBoost V6 rated at 365 horsepower (272 kW) and 350 pound-feet (474 Nm) of torque (Sport and Police Interceptor Utility models)
  • Naturally-aspirated 3.7L Duratec-Cyclone Ti-VCT V6 rated at 365 horsepower (272 kW) and 350 pound-feet (474 Nm) of torque (exclusive to Police Interceptor Utility)

The engines are mated to the Ford 6-speed automatic transmission with five separate axles, and the powertrain is positioned transversely, a characteristic shared by all Ford Motor Company vehicles on the D4 platform.

2018 Ford Explorer Powertrain

BrandModelTrim LevelEngineEngine LayoutEngine AspirationCompression RatioFuelFuel DeliveryValve LiftersEngine Block MaterialCylinder Head MaterialWheel DriveTransmissionAxle RatioPower (hp / kW @ RPM)Torque (lb-ft / Nm @ RPM)Fuel Economy FWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Fuel Economy AWD (City / Hwy / Comb)Curb Weight (lbs)
FordExplorerXLT, Limited3.5L Duratec - Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmospheric10.8: 1GasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWD / AWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with SelectShift3.39 (FWD) / 3.65 (AWD)290 / 216 @ 6500255 / 346 @ 400017 / 24 / 2016 / 23 / 194,443 FWD, 4,629 AWD
FordExplorerXLT, Limited2.3L EcoBoostI4 DOHCTurbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumFWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with overdrive3.36 (FWD) / 3.51 (AWD)280 / 209 @ 5600310 / 420 @ 300019 / 27 / 2218 / 25 / 214,385 FWD, 4,556 AWD
FordExplorerSport, Platinum3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F auto with paddle shifters3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 184,901 AWD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.7L Duratec-Cyclone Ti-VCTV6 DOHCAtmosphericTBDGasolineSequential multi-port electronic fuel injectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.65 (AWD)305 / 227 @ 6500280 / 380 @ 4250TBDTBDTBD
FordExplorerPolice Interceptor Utility3.5L EcoBoostV6 DOHCTwin Turbocharged10.0: 1GasolineDirect InjectionDirect acting mechanical bucketCast aluminumCast aluminumAWDFord 6-speed 6F3.16 (AWD)365 / 272 @ 5500350 / 474 @ 3500N/A16 / 22 / 18TBD
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