The next-generation 2023 Ford Explorer would arrive more modern if the leaked information were accurate. To begin with, the new model will reportedly debut sometime next year, featuring some improvements. The new Ford Explorer will be a large SUV offering impressive towing ratings and good handling like the previous generation.
This SUV comes with a 3-row of seats, and it provides enough room for seven passengers. Also, the cabin is modern and is filled with many gadgets. In the engine department, this model is a game-changer. It offers four engines, and one of them is powered by a hybrid system. As you may know, this segment is very competitive, and Explorer will try to keep up with models such as the Kia Telluride, Hyundai Palisade, and the Honda Pilot.
2023 Ford Explorer Facelift
Leaked information pointed us that the new 2023 Ford Explorer will receive mild body tweaks. First of all, this handsome SUV is one of the most seeling in class, and here’s why. To begin, it looks attractive, featuring many customization options and packages. As far as we know, the manufacturer will offer a Sport Appearance Package on XLT tri for the first time.
Thanks to that, it will get 20-inch aluminum wheels coated in Carbonized Gray paint, a mesh grille with Carbonized Gray accents, and unique dual exhaust outlets. Blue Oval also offers the new Timberline trim for fans interested in off-roading, which comes with lifted suspension and all-terrain tires.
On the inside, the 2023 Ford Explorer will continue to be stylish and comfortable. This SUV offers three rows of seats and plenty of room. In general, like the other models in the class with three rows of seats, the Explorer third row is best for small children. However, if you need best-in-class legroom and headroom, the Chevy Traverse and the Volkswagen Atlas are models worth considering.
In terms of equipment, the new Explorer comes standard with 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto capability. Moreover, jumping to Platinum or ST trims you’ll will get a much bigger 10.1-inch vertically screen, voice-activated navigation, and rear-seat entertainment system.
2023 Ford Explorer Powertrain Specs
Beneath the hood, the 2023 Ford Explorer will come with the same four-engine option. The current entry-level model uses a turbocharged (EcoBoost) 2.3-liter 4-cylinder engine capable of making 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. This unit sends power to a 10-speed automatic transmission and rear-wheel drive (RWD) as a standard setup. All-wheel drive (AWD) comes optional on lower trims and standard on upper ones.
The Explorer Hybrid is the best choice if you like to save some fuel. This model uses a 3.3-liter V6 engine paired with an electric motor, producing 318 horsepower and 322 lb-ft of torque. The last engine is under the model’s King Ranch, Platinum, and ST versions. Thanks to a 3.0-liter V6 engine, there are two outputs, 365 horsepower and 400 horsepower, available with the ST variant.
Release Date and Price
The leaked information about the new 2023 Ford Explorer reveals some improvements. If they are accurate, we can expect this model to become more modern, featuring more premium materials and advanced technology. Blue Oval officials stated that we could expect this in the second quarter of the following year.
The basic rear-drive model should cost $33,470, and the price will jump for an extra $2,000 choosing the AWD system. The Hybrid variant is the most favorite, and it costs around $51,100. Models like the Honda Pilot, Kia Telluride, and Toyota Highlander are in the same pricing range as the base Explorer.