Ford is constantly expanding the Explorer lineup with additional versions to attract a larger audience of potential buyers. Earlier this year he introduced the flagship Explorer King Ranch and we know that an Explorer Timberline is currently in development. For the 2021 model year, there will also be three new variants.
The star of the show has to be the new Explorer Enthusiast ST model, which is essentially a more affordable Explorer ST. It comes with the same 3.0-liter turbocharged engine under the hood with 400 horsepower (298 kilowatts) but costs $ 49,995. As a reminder, the standard Explorer ST has a starting price of $ 52,830 for the 2021 model year.
Like the regular performance SUV, the Explorer Enthusiast ST comes standard with a 10-speed automatic transmission and all-wheel drive. Ford promises a top speed of 143 miles per hour (230 kilometers per hour), for which it says is “unmatched at this price point in this segment.” It should also be noted that the new sports SUV has a towing capacity of up to 5,600 pounds (2,540 kilograms).
Another addition to the lineup for the 2021 model year is the Platinum RWD version of the Explorer. It combines the rich equipment of the Explorer Platinum AWD with a slightly more affordable drivetrain setup for markets where all-wheel drive is not required. As part of the standard equipment, the Platinum RWD is fitted with special leather seats, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, instrument panel, door reversals, and front door and console armrests. .
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Finally, Ford is also launching the Platinum Hybrid with a starting price of $ 53,085 MSRP. It features the familiar hybrid system, consisting of a 3.3-liter V6 combined with an electric motor for a total output of 318 hp (237 kW) and torque of 322 pound-feet (437 Newton-meters).
Ford says all three new additions to the Explorer family are already available to order. The first customer deliveries are scheduled for the summer of this year.