The 2016 Ford Explorer will be released at the beginning of 2015. Though this model will not be labeled as a redesign or a new generation, its changes are huge. We find it hard to understand why the 2016 SUV is called an update, since most of its features will be improved. To start with, the new model will have a fresh, new appearance. The SUV will have a quite an updated exterior design, which will make it look more modern and appealing. Also, its interior should receive a similar treatment, while the technology gadgets will be updated and some will even be added up. The design changes will not only be aesthetical, but also engineering. The new model will now stand on a new, redesigned body which will be made out of lightweight materials. This will have a great impact on the SUV’s performance and fuel efficiency. And if you think that’s not enough, you should also know that the 2016 Ford Explorer comes with some new engine options, as well. All in all, the new model will be impressive and so much better than the current one. If you take into an account that the current Explorer is great the way it is, you can see just how awesome the 2016 model will be.
2016 Ford Explorer Body Design
The 2016 Ford Explorer will be design in accordance to the current manufacturer’s trend. Therefore, you might see resemblance between the new SUV and other Ford models scheduled to be released next year. The new model will have a slightly different shape: it will now look boxier, but its edges will not be sharp, they will be fluent and smooth. In addition, the front end will come with numerous changes. It will hold a large and dominant grille surrounded by stylish and modern headlights. Under the grille there will be a lower and redesigned front bumper which will now feature much more stylish fog lights. Also, there will be new air intakes, and rear end should receive a similar treatment. Reportedly, it will feature new, restyled LED taillights and different graphing, but it is still unknown how it will look like. The entire model will have an elegant, powerful and bold appeal. As for the interior, the 2016 Ford Explorer will have its cabin redesigned, though it is still unclear to what extent. Reportedly, there will be more space inside the SUV, and its interior will be more comfortable, better equipped and more functional. The new cabin might even get some new gadgets, while its current ones will be updated.
Like we mentioned before, the 2016 Ford Explorer will now weight much less than the current model. This is due to a vast use of aluminum and other lightweight materials. There is no information about just how lighter it will be, but the manufacturer claims that the change is significant. This will have a positive impact on the SUV’s performance, in terms of agility, precision and handling, but it will also contribute to the improve fuel economy.
2016 Ford Explorer Powertrain Changes
The 2016 Ford Explorer will also bring surprises when it comes to powertrain. To start with, the new model will keep the current base engine, but the unit will be upgraded in order to have a better fuel efficiency. This unit is the 3.5-liter V6 mill that can generate 290 horsepower. The second engine option will be a turbocharged 2.3-liter four-cylinder unit that is also used for the latest Mustang. This unit will replace the current 2.0-liter mill. In addition, there are rumors which claim that the 2016 Explorer will also offer a 2.7-liter EcoBoost unit that is used for the F-150. These engines are only some of those that will be offered. As for the transmission, the new SUV will use a standard six-speed automatic gearbox. The model will offer both the front- and the all-wheel drive.
2016 Ford Explorer Release
The 2016 Ford Explorer will be released early next year. As for the price, it is still unknown whether the new seven-seater will be more expensive than the current one, and how big the difference might be.