The New 2018 Ford Explorer

May 4th, 2017 by

The 2018 Ford Explorer is receiving an upgrade.

The 2018 Ford Explorer

The 2018 Ford Explorer

It’s safe to say that the SUV is a major part of Ford’s portfolio. With Ford planning to add five all-new SUVs to its North American lineup by 2020, . Mark LaNeve, Ford vice president of U.S. marketing, sales and service says “we’re seeing a utility boom take hold with a whole new generation of customers,” “Two sets of consumers – millennials and baby boomers – are driving this growth, and Ford will be ready with a full portfolio of SUVs to meet their needs.”

SUVs in general have become incredibly popular for their capability, flexibility, and rapidly improving fuel economy. One staple of the Ford lineup that has travelled along this progression is the Explorer. Soon, it will be getting a significant update.

Connectivity

Admittedly, Ford’s been lagging behind in the connectivity game. Drivers are already beginning to expect WiFi capability in new vehicles, despite the technology’s relatively recent introduction to the automotive world. In response to the demand, Ford is adding an available 4G modem WiFi hotspot for up to 10 devices to the Explorer. It will be paired with the SYNC® 3 system, which continues to rank among the very best infotainment systems, although most competitors are disorganised and slow.

The 2018 Explorer will also add integration with the Ford Pass app. With your compatible smartphone you can start, lock, unlock, or locate your vehicle from almost anywhere. You can also explore vehicle diagnostic information like remaining fuel. In addition to becoming a little sleeker, the Explorer will be safer, too.

Safety Technology

In addition to those features, the 2018 Explorer introduces the new Safe and Smart Package. It will unify some of Ford’s most popular safety technologies:

  • Adaptive cruise control and collision warning automatic braking
  • Blind Spot Information System
  • Cross-traffic alert detects obstacles in perpendicular space
  • Lane-keeping system with steering wheel vibration and automatic steering
  • Auto high-beams
  • Rain-sensing wipers

Same where it counts?

One place Ford hasn’t updated the Explorer is under the hood. Among the three engines that will be available to drivers in the 2018 model is a 2.3L, 280-horsepower EcoBoost® . There’s also the 3.5L EcoBoost® V6 with 365 horsepower. Car and Driver calls the unit “a refined and powerful gem.” Both of these engines are currently available in 2017 Explorers. Therefore, if performance means a lot more to you than safety technology, or technology in general, you may be better off buying a 2017 Explorer. Further, that purchasing decision will seem even more shrewd as the fall release date for the 2018 model approaches, driving down the price of the existing iteration.