2016 Ford Explorer facelift begins production; 2.3L turbo optional

The 2016 model year U502 Ford Explorer facelift has entered series production at its main facility in Chicago, Illinois.

Ford began taking orders for the significantly updated Explorer in May. In addition to a new squarer front-end, the Explorer also includes a revised interior, a 2.3-litre turbo 4-cylinder engine, and the new Platinum grade trim line.

Other new features include front and rear cameras with washers, automated parking assistance, fast charging USB ports, hands-free tailgate, a 500W Sony audio system, active grille shutters, and aerodynamic aero curtains.

There will be three engines in the new Exporer’s lineup:

2.3-litre EcoBoost (turbo) 4-cylinder: 280hp, 310 lb-ft; 209kW, 420Nm.
3.5-litre V6: 290hp, 255 lb-ft; 216kW, 346Nm.
3.5-litre EcoBoost (twin-turbo) V6: 365hp, 350 lb-ft; 272kW, 475Nm.

The old 2-litre turbo is replaced by a 2.3-litre turbo. The 3.5-litre V6 is standard on the base, XLT and Limited models, with the 2.3-litre EcoBoost an option on those models.

The Sport and Platinum get the 3.5-litre twin-turbo V6 as standard. All-wheel drive is available throughout the range, front-wheel drive is standard on most models.