Dearborn’s Ford Motor Co. is adding three choices to the Ford Explorer SUV lineup. New for 2021 is the Explorer Enthusiast ST, the Explorer Platinum, and Explorer Platinum Hybrid. The vehicles are available for ordering and are slated to arrive at Ford dealerships this summer.
“The market continues to grow for performance SUVs, and the ST currently accounts for nearly 20 percent of sales,” says Craig Patterson, marketing manager for Ford SUV.
The Enthusiast ST is the new Standard Equipment Group within the ST model. The manufacturer suggested retail price is $48,750. It has a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability and sport-tuned suspension, enabling a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capacity of up to 5,600 pounds.
Inside, the SUV has leather seating surfaces, a 12.3-inch digital cluster, and heated steering wheel. It also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology including a blind spot information system with cross-traffic alert, lane-keeping system, hill start assist, a rearview camera with a built-in lens washer, auto headlamps with auto high-beams, pre-collision assist with automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support, and post-impact braking.
Outside, the vehicle has chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.
Also new for 2021 is a 3.0-liter rear-wheel-drive Platinum option starting at a $52,480 manufacturer suggested retail price, in addition to the four-wheel-drive model.
Platinum differentiators include door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate applique, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails, and a grille with satin aluminum finish. Platinum models also feature a standard twin-panel moonroof. It includes leather seats and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.
For the first time, Explorer Platinum is available as a hybrid, starting at $53,085 manufacturer suggested retail price.