The newest 2017 Ford Explorer XLT brings an updated and improved sporty features. The Explorer has been around for a very long time and it did change a lot during these years it has been available for sale. While it started its life as a body-on-frame crossover, it has been moved to a more car-like platform that it shares with the Flex or the Lincoln MKT. Just like these two, the Explorer is now using a unibody design which is better on the road because it can offer more interior space, a lower driving position as well as a better to drive car on the highway.
The worse part of this type of platform is that the towing capabilities decrease and its previous off-road prowess is now gone.
Under the Hood
In terms of engines, the 2017 Ford Explorer XLT will get the exact same units as the ongoing model. This means that the base model will come equipped with a 3.5 liter naturally aspirated V6 good for 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft of torque, plenty for a family car. For a little bit of extra money, Ford will also offer the 2.3 liter EcoBoost inline 4 which has just been released on the 2016 model. This particular engine will offer 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque together with better fuel efficiency as well as a slightly more lively feeling.
The Sport and the top of the range Platinum will get the 3.5 liter EcoBoost V6 as standard while the intermediate trim levels will be getting it as a paid option. This particular engine will offer up to 365 horsepower and 350 lb-ft of torque and it will only be available with the optional all wheel drive system. Also, all models are expected to get Ford’s upcoming 9 speed automatic gearbox which will replace the ongoing 6 speed unit that has been around for ages.
Refined Design – Interior & Exterior
In terms of actual design, the new Explorer should be similar, or nearly identical, to the ongoing model and that’s to be expected considering it has been released for the 2015 MY. The front end will likely offer the same type of grille as before while the design notes will be identical.
The changes will come with the special Sport XLT package which will add a new black grille, black mirror caps as well as black inserts on the underside of the car and new diamond-cut wheels. These should offer people a sportier look at a much smaller price than the $44,000 of the true Sport model.
Inside the cabin, the 2017 Ford Explorer XLT should feature a very similar design but the equipment level should change for the better. Here, Ford’s Sync 2 infotainment unit will likely be offered as standard now while the Sync 3 should be offered on a wider selection of trim levels. Also, the seats will likely improve on the Platinum models while the Sport might get slightly more supportive ones.
2017 Ford Explorer XLT Price
This basically makes the latest 2017 Ford Explorer XLT a three-row crossover that can only be driven on paved roads or dirt roads at its best, having a really low ground clearance for this type of car and a rather not unimpressive four wheel drive system. The good part is that the car is rather cheap to own starting at just $32,000 and on top of that, it is quite fast as well.
Also, despite the fact it has been released back in 2010, the car received a massive update last year and the 2017 version is going to see the introduction of a couple of new trim levels as well as slight changes to its pricing scheme. This means that the mid-range Sport model will start at roughly $44,000 while the Platinum will start at $53,000 which is already very high for a three row crossover.