There are other advantages to looking good. LED lighting is more durable and longer-lasting than filament-based systems and up to 50 percent more energy-efficient. Also helping you to see clearer are Explorer's fog lamps that help illuminate the road in misty or foggy conditions.
The new 2018 Explorer has been purposefully designed to give it a fresh new look. The first thing you'll notice is its dynamic new grille and distinct front and rear LED signature lighting. Step inside, and you'll discover a refined interior with rich new colors. Plus, you can choose from five all-new wheel options to suit your style. So whether your adventures take you on- or off-road, Explorer has a presence that demands attention.
Brandishing the "Explorer" badge on its hood, a unique blackout treatment on the headlamps and taillamps, a quad tip exhaust and 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, this vehicle displays the bold craftsmanship of Explorer Sport. Then, to add a heavy dose of performance, there's the powerful 3.5L EcoBoost® engine, sport-tuned suspension and Intelligent 4WD with Terrain Management System™.
Explorer's quad-tip exhaust gives a necessary feature a more sophisticated look. Quad Chrome exhaust tips are standard on Sport and Platinum.
Available feature that lets you open or close the liftgate with a kick of your foot within the range of the rear bumper's sensors and with the key fob in your pocket or purse.
Mirrors include a heat function to help remove snow, ice and mist - plus security approach lamps that illuminate the area around your vehicle when you activate the open-door feature on your key fob or unlock the door. Standard on the Platinum model.
Beauty that's more than skin-deep. The power and driving dynamics of Explorer come wrapped in an eye-catching design that boasts authentic comfort and style. And because it was built for our modern active lives, you can also expect an interior space for the kids, the dog, the sports equipment, camping gear and just about everything else you may need on the road to adventure.
A remarkable interior combines detail, design, carefully selected materials and accessibility, all at your fingertips. And that's exactly how we built Explorer.
SYNC® 3 is our easy-to-use, responsive voice-activated technology. Discover the system's quick reactions to your conversational voice commands. Experience the smartphone-like touchscreen with impressive responsiveness. You'll also find a sleek user-friendly interface to help you connect to and control your smartphone. Locate your favorite restaurants with simple destination entry via the optional navigation. SYNC 3 is fast, smart and easy to use.
Sony Premium Audio delivers sound quality that can be appreciated by musical novices and experts alike. The 12-speaker system comes standard on Explorer Limited and Sport packages. And for those who like to be really in tune, there's the Premium 500-Watt Sound from Sony® with Clear Phase® and Live Acoustics™, that helps to reduce distortion and enhance sound presence. Standard on Explorer Platinum and available on Sport.
The available PowerFold® third-row seat folds flat at the touch of a button for additional cargo room and a level load floor. In the upright position, it comfortably seats two passengers. Standard on Limited, Sport and Platinum.
You now have more options than ever when powering your devices. Explorer has up to four available smart-charging USB ports and an 110-volt outlet.
Set the mood with available ambient lighting. Color choices include Ice Blue,® orange, soft blue, navy blue, red, green and purple.
With Available Breathtaking Experiences. It's time to gear up and get in the game. Explorer has the power and plenty more dynamic features designed to help you play hard and get out there far beyond the roads more traveled.
The 3.5L EcoBoost ® combines turbocharging and direct injection. It generates best-in-class 365 V6 horsepower plus 350 lb.-ft. of torque. This EcoBoost is standard in the Explorer Sport and Platinum, which also feature standard Intelligent 4WD with the Terrain Management System™ plus Hill Descent Control.™
A powerful 2.3L EcoBoost® engine delivers 280 horsepower and 310 lb.-ft. of torque. And it's available with 4WD and the Class II Trailer Tow Package.
The 3.5L Ti-VCT (twin independent variable camshaft timing) V6 delivers 290 horsepower and 255 lb.-ft. of torque. With its variable control of valve cam timing, Ti-VCT can optimize performance across the entire low, mid and high ranges of the power band to match the driving conditions.
Building on AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control,™ the standard trailer sway control selectively brakes and adjusts engine power to maintain trailer control. The result is stability and control, even when towing large loads. When properly equipped the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 lbs. The Class III Trailer Tow Package, required for towing, is available for the 3.5L TiVCT engine, and comes standard with the 3.5L EcoBoost engine.
Explorer delivers when you need configurable cargo space. With the second and third-row seats in the upright position, you have maximum seating plus 21 cubic feet of cargo space. With just the third-row seats folded, there is 43.8 cubic feet of total storage capacity. And with both the second- and third-row seats folded flat, Explorer provides up to 81.7 cubic feet of cargo space. What's more, there's a storage area in the floor for smaller items. For cargo space on demand, there is the available PowerFold® third-row seat, and the 50/50 split-folding seat folds flat at the touch of a button.
The Terrain Management System is included with the available Intelligent 4WD System on Explorer, and lets you shift on the fly into one of four settings to match the terrain. So whether the journey takes you through mud, sand, gravel, grass or snow, you can get through it and carry on with confidence and control.
Energy from the EcoBoost engine exhaust that would otherwise be wasted rotates a turbine. The turbine is coupled to a compressor that pressurizes incoming air into the combustion chambers, generating a virtually instantaneous surge of on-demand power, significantly increasing output per liter.
The available Ford Safe & Smart® Package has features that do everything from alerting you to unintentional lane drifting to allowing you to set cruise control and select the speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you. It can also alert you to a potential collision with the vehicle ahead.10 EXPLORER can also help keep you connected from almost anywhere with available SYNC® 3 as well as available SYNC® Connect powered by the FordPass™ App.
The Front 180-Degree Camera with Split-View and Washer allows you to see 180 degrees in front of your vehicle. It also comes with a built-in washer to keep the lens debris and dirt free.
Hill Descent Control is an important technology that's part of the Intelligent 4WD System on Explorer. Push the Hill Descent Control button on the Terrain Management System™ dial, then press the brake and accelerator to set the desired speed. The set speed is maintained during the descent as brake pressure is automatically applied when needed.
Curve Control will slow you down as much as 10 mph in approximately one second when it senses that you're going too fast for a particular curve. Employing throttle reduction and four-wheel braking, it's always active in helping you maintain control around curves. Also, it functions on dry or wet pavement and is particularly useful when you're entering or exiting freeway off- or on-ramps too fast. Curve Control, standard on all Explorer models, is an enhancement to AdvanceTrac® with Roll Stability Control.™
Explorer comes standard with a six-speed SelectShift® automatic transmission. Available on Explorer Sport and Platinum are steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters, so you can easily and quickly change gears.
Available adaptive cruise control lets you select the speed and distance you want to maintain from the vehicle in front of you. When traffic ahead slows down, you automatically slow down, and later resume the preset speed when traffic picks back up.
Standard AdvanceTrac with Roll Stability Control (RSC®) helps maintain control on various road conditions such as ice, gravel or rain. The SOS Post-Crash Alert System can activate the horn and emergency flashers in the event of airbag deployment. After the system is activated, you may deactivate it by using your key fob.
Available enhanced active park assist gives Explorer the ability to help make parking easy. Utilizing the vehicle's 12 ultrasonic sensors, Explorer will scan for suitable parking spaces, and will assist in backing the vehicle into the spot. All you have to do is shift, accelerate and brake - because Explorer will take care of the parking. This convenient feature also includes park out assist, reverse perpendicular parking plus forward and side sensing systems.
Source: 2018 Ford Explorer