When Ford enters some segment, you know it is one of the hottest classes at that moment. For example, the Blue Oval company is giving up on sedans. In the future, there won’t be new Fusion, Focus, or Fiesta models in the US. Instead, the focus is on the SUV segment. The 2021 Ford Explorer is probably one of the stars, since it is a mid-size three-row model, now with a hybrid engine. That is not all since fans are warmed up for the new plug-in system, available in Europe.
The new 2021 Ford Explorer is not suffering big changes, since the 2020 YM is fresh. The latest generation introduced a lot of modifications, outside, inside, and under the hood. With all the options the SUV is offering, it is hard not to find a suitable configuration. Plus, there are special add-ons that make the ride even more fun.
2021 Ford Explorer Hybrid Specs
Before we go to the new hybrid model and its specifications, let’s see what we can find under the bonnet of the standard SUV. Ford skips the entry-level version with a naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine. Instead, the offer starts with a 2.3-liter turbocharged unit. For the Explorer, it is tuned to deliver 300 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque, while returning the best fuel economy numbers.
A 3.0-liter engine is available for the Platinum trim. It is turbocharged and creates 365 hp and 380 lb-ft of twist. That is not all since the top of the class version is performance-oriented ST with 400 ponies. The company dropped a 3.5-l engine and a six-speed transmission. Instead, a 10-speed gearbox is transferring power to rear wheels. A V6 is using AWD exclusively.
Finally, there is a new 2021 Ford Explorer hybrid. This system relies on a 3.3-liter unit which is paired with an electric motor. Engineers boosted the power outputs to 318 horsepower and torque is now at 322 lb-ft. It is still less than Acura MDX can do, but more than Toyota Highlander, which is using a new hybrid system.
In Europe, the new Explorer is good for 450 horsepower. How’s that? This setup combines a turbocharged V6 engine rated at 350 horsepower and electric batteries that add another 100 ponies. Plus, the torque skyrockets to 620 lb-ft. the SUV is able to run by using only the electric motor and its range is 25 miles. This is a good record for the vehicle of its size.
The major question is – will we see the 2021 Ford Explorer PHEV in the US? Well, this could be the biggest update for the upcoming season. In that case, Ford is going to offer another version, even more, powerful than ST. The fuel economy will be exceptional for such an amount of energy and torque.
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2021 Ford Explorer ST
A 400-hp output is definitely the highlight of the 2021 Ford Explorer ST model. Still, that is not all. The performance SUV is making a strong impression with its exterior styling and interior features. We also must mention unique sport-tuned suspension and Class 3 towing package, which are included in offer.
The first look will show you special mesh grille. It makes the ST model more aggressive. Also, bodyside cladding is lower than usual. If you don’t like huge 20-inch wheels, you can replace these with 21-inch rims.
Inside, there is a big 12-inch driver’s screen. The Explorer ST uses some advanced safety features, such as level 2 of Active Park and reverses brake. Leather sport seats are standard and the steering wheel has heating. What’s more, there are some additional packages for the ST trim – Tech, Street, and Track.
The 2021 Ford Explorer is a unique SUV thanks to its packages. For example, drivers will have several driving modes to select. Normal will be there for an ordinary drive, and if you need a better response, there is Sport. For the best mileage, we recommend you using Eco mode. The SUV also has drive setups for hauling, where the engine is not wasting too much power and fuel. The Slippery mode is improving traction, while the Deep Snow and Sand will take you out from the toughest situations. Trail is perfect for off-road adventures.
The price of the 2021 Ford Explorer will vary from $35,000 to $75,000 for the heavily-loaded Platinum edition. Still, buyers can make most versions better thanks to the optional services. For example, if you want to reach the peak in towing capacity (5,600 pounds), you need to get Class 3 trailer suite. This package is optional for XLT and Limited and included for Platinum and ST versions. The latest one can also get the High-Performance bundle highlighted with larger wheels and brakes.
Comfort package is the one that brings second-row captain’s chairs. Finally, there is the Premium Technology options, available only at the highest trim levels. This one adds a huge touchscreen display and premium B&O audio, for only $1,000.