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2016 Ford Explorer Reaches New Level of Luxury with Platinum Version

2016 Ford Explorer Reaches New Level of Luxury with Platinum Version

By Jeff Youngs,

The 2016 Ford Explorer, which just made its global debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show, reaches a new level of luxury with its top-of-the-line Platinum trim level. The Explorer Platinum features a premium leather interior accented with metal and real wood, as well as a distinctive front grille, standard two-panel moonroof, and 20-in. bright-faced wheels with painted pockets. The Platinum's standard engine is a 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6. Optional signature lighting can accentuate the new Explorer's distinctive exterior lines. The Explorer Platinum features efficient LED lamps. The optional hands-free, foot-activated rear liftgate reacts to the touch of a foot under the bumper.

Even on the lower trim levels, the 2016 Ford Explorer offers a wealth of luxurious and high-tech features. The Explorer is a 7-seater, with a power-folding third row; second-row bucket seats, which make it a 6-seater, are optional. The 2016 Ford Explorer comes with a choice of three engines. A newly available 2.3-liter EcoBoost 4-cylinder engine delivers more horsepower and torque than the previously offered 2.0-liter version, and it's available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or 4-wheel drive (4WD).

Standard is a 3.5-liter V-6 engine paired with a 6-speed SelectShift automatic transmission. It features independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), which automatically adjusts intake and exhaust timing for enhanced efficiency, Ford says, and is also available in FWD or 4WD.

A 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine with direct injection and twin turbochargers is standard on the Explorer Sport and Platinum trim levels, and the standard 6-speed automatic transmission can work with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.

The base 2016 Ford Explorer comes with cloth upholstery, with various interior and exterior options. The XLT trim level adds fog lamps, a reverse sensing system, and LED signature lighting, as well as two optional equipment groups and a long list of available accessories. The Limited trim level includes the features of the XLT (with equipment group 202A) plus a voice-activated navigation system, 12-speaker sound system, and perforated leather-trimmed seats.

The Sport trim level adds the 3.5-liter, EcoBoost V-6 engine, sport-tuned suspension, and premium 20-in. wheels. The Platinum version includes the Sport's equipment package, as well as Nirvana leather seats with quilted inserts, 500-watt Sony audio system, and the two-panel moonroof.

Leather decorates the dashboard and steering wheel of the new Explorer, as well as the seats, accented with contrast stitching. Touches of real wood adorn the steering wheel and other points on the interior as well.

Ford has also upped its game in terms of safety-related technology. An available system of ultrasonic sensors helps park the Explorer in nearly any situation, Ford says, and the available front 180-degree camera provides extra visibility around corners, down alleys, and out of parking spots. Available second-row USB ports will charge personal devices at twice the speed of previous USB ports, according to Ford.

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