Ford Releases Details on New Platinum Edition Explorer

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Dearborn-based Ford Motor Co. has unveiled its Ford Explorer Platinum edition, featuring a leather-wrapped interior, a Sony audio system, and a 3.5-liter engine. The vehicles will arrive in Ford showrooms in September.

"Customers love Explorer, and they expect it to continue to lead the way in innovation, performance, and fun," says Arie Groeneveld, chief engineer for the new Explorer.

Groeneveld says the new Explorer is a combination of the Explorer Sport and the Limited trim level. He says the interior features aluminum and ash wood on the door and instrument panels, and the heated steering wheel is wrapped with leather and wood. The console armrests, door bolsters, and upper door trim are also wrapped with leather. The instrument cluster has a 10-inch digital display supported with analog displays.

The Explorer Platinum also has 500-watt Sony Audio with technology that creates a more realistic sound. Clear Phase technology eliminates sound dispersion throughout the vehicle.

Technology features include an enhanced active park assist (which can help drivers back into a perpendicular spot), a lane-keeping system, and rain-sensing wipers.

The vehicle's exterior has LED headlamps, a dual-panel moonroof, a silver-painted front, rear skid plate elements, and 20-inch wheels. The Explorer Platinum has a 3.5-liter twin-turbo EcoBoost V6 that produces 365 horsepower and 350 pounds per feet of torque. The vehicle retails for nearly $53,000.

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