The new 2017 Ford Explorer comes with numerous updates and changes. These include improved safety measures, refreshed exterior design, revised suspension tuning, and interior refinement. No details have emerged of its release date but we expect them to start streaming in in the coming weeks.

In case you have a large family than needs to be hauled every now and then, chances are that you desire a spacious and large SUV. The refreshed 2017 Ford Explorer would probably be the right pick for you, as it comes with a descent amount of towing capacity and fuel economy ratings. The vehicle, according to the spy pics we have, reveal a not so different vehicle from the existing one. However, there are still some mild changes here and there including USB charging ports and MyFord Touch system.

Additionally, some of the features have been updated as well, take for instance the parallel and perpendicular parking system and the tweaked turbocharged 4-cyl engine. According to Ford, the engine should be able to return impressive fuel economy ratings as we shall later see on the Engine Specs section. Expect up to 3,000 pounds when the new 2017 Ford Explorer is properly equipped.

Last year’s Platinum trim returns for the 2017 model. The top-of-the-line trim features all the extravagant features money can buy in a SUV from the Explorer’s luxury arsenal. However, despite the updates and novelties that the new vehicle features, there still exists some disappointments that methinks went unaddressed and which we hope will be addressed before the vehicle ultimately enters production. The drawbacks include difficulty in parking, inadequate cargo volume and legroom.

Exterior Body Styles & Interior Spy Photos – 2017 Ford Explorer

The three-row 2017 Ford Explorer crossover will avail itself in up to five trims spanning from the base to the top-of-the-line Platinum model.

Some of the standard equipment and features to expect on the base include rear climate controls, 18” wheels, a 60/40-spli second row seat, 4.2” display screen, auxiliary audio inputs, 50/50-split third row seat, LED headlights, CD player, Bluetooth connectivity, 6-way power driver seat, cruise control, a rearview camera, Sync, roof rails, and LED taillights.

Up the trim ladder is the 2017 Ford Explorer XLT trim that comes bundled with body-colored handles (doors), rear parking sensors, satellite radio, 8-way power driver seat, exterior heated mirrors, upgraded brakes, keyless entry, rear parking sensors, push-button ignition, leather wrapped steering wheel, and foglights.

2017 Ford Explorer side

The XLT also comes with an optional Equipment Group 201A package that comes with an 8” touchscreen display, configurable gauge cluster, remote start, automatic climate control, SD card reader, premium audio system, leather upholstery, front parking sensors, front heated seats, and enhanced Sync functionality.

Moving up the food chain is the 2017 Ford Explorer Limited model which comes bundled with all what the XLT’s optional packages provided perforated front seats, premium Sony sound system, 110V power outlet, driver memory settings, chrome exterior trims, 20” wheels, tilt steering wheel, navigation system, power adjustable pedals, telescopic steering, power liftgate, front-view camera, and HD radio.

2017 Ford Explorer spy photos

Provided optionally for the Limited trim is the 301A package that comes bundled with lane departure warning systems, adaptive cruise control, inflatable seat belts, automatic wipers, automatic high beams, automatic parallel-and-perpendicular parking systems, blind-spot warning system, forward collision warning system, massaging front seats, automatic parallel-and-perpendicular parking systems, and brake priming.

At the top of the food chain is the 2017 Ford Explorer Platinum model which comes equipped with all what the Limited trim’s 301A package offers plus aluminum and wood interior trim, second-row captain’s chairs, adaptive cruise control, premium Sony audio system, leather upholstery, dual-panel sunroof, and rear entertainment system.

2017 Ford Explorer interior

Engine Specs – 2017 Ford Explorer

The new vehicle comes with several engines under its hood, all of which are paired to a 6-speed auto transmission system. Getting the FWD system as standard are the XLT and Limited trims, but you can also opt for the AWD system. The top 2017 Ford Explorer Sport and Platinum trims come fitted with a standard AWD system.

The base, XLT and Limited all come fitted with a 3.5L V6 engine capable of cranking out 290 hp and 255 pounds of torque. This engine also provides you with a choice of either the FWD or the selective AWD systems.

Sport and Platinum trims come fitted with a 3.5L V6 engine good for 365 horsepower and 350 pounds of torque. According to EPA, the 2016 Explorer returned 16/22/18 mpg in the city/highway/combined.

2017 Ford Explorer front grille

Price & Date Of Release – 2017 Ford Explorer

Its release date hasn’t been announced just yet but we should expect it before this fall. The base price should be around $30,000.


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