2018 Ford Explorer Gets Mildest of Refreshes in New York
Though we fully expect an all-new Ford Explorer to debut in 2019 and the current one just got a refresh two years ago, SUV sales are hotter than the surface of the sun right now and Ford isn’t about to leave any on the table. As such, the 2018 Ford Explorer has received an itty bitty facelift to keep its sales up until the new model is ready.
You’ll be able to distinguish a 2018 Explorer by its new grille and foglights, which are variations on the existing design. You’ll also be able to tell if it has the 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V-6 as those models will get quad exhaust tips. There are also four new paint colors and five new wheel options.
Inside, the changes are hidden from view. A 4G LTE modem and wireless hotspot can be equipped, which also nets you Sync Connect, allowing you to lock and unlock your doors and start the engine from the FordPass mobile app, as well as locate your vehicle on a map.
Finally, Ford has grouped several popular safety and driver assistance systems together into a new Safe and Smart Package. It includes collision warning and emergency braking, lane keeping, blind spot warning, cross-traffic warning, adaptive cruise control, auto high beams, and rain-sensing wipers.
The 2018 Ford Explorer heads to dealerships this fall.