What’s new with the 2018 Ford Explorer?

Black 2018 Ford Explorer

The Ford Explorer will receive minor cosmetic updates and additional features for its 2018 model year. This facelift comes 2 years in to the SUV’s last major update, in 2016.

2018 Ford Explorer- Design changes & new features

Ford hasn’t meddled with the ‘squared-off’ look of the current generation Explorer but the 2018 model does get cosmetic updates. For example, there’s a redesigned grille and new foglamp assembly up front, and five new alloy wheel choices across its line-up. The popular sports trim gets new quad exhaust tips as well.

Four new colors options are available, they include:

  • Cinnamon glaze
  • Burgundy velvet tinted clearcoat
  • Platinum dune tricoat
  • Blue metallic

Ford Explorer facelift red
New Ford Explorer 2018 interior
Cabin design remains unchanged but new features have been made available. An optional 4G LTE connection with Wi-Fi hotspot can connect up to 10 devices, up to 50 feet away. As a result, the FordPass app, which enables remote start, lock, unlock and locate, can also be used on the new Explorer.


Safety features have been unified for the XLT, Limited, and Sport trim levels, under a common ‘Safe and Smart’ package. This package incorporates adaptive cruise control, forward-collision warning, blind-spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert and more. Price for the bundle is not known but it does come as standard on the Platinum model.

2018 Ford Explorer engine

New Ford Explorer 2018 blue
The new Explore retains its engine options:

Engine Power and Torque
3.5-liter V6 290 hp and 255 lb-ft
2.3-liter turbocharged I4 280 hp and 310 lb-ft
3.5-liter, turbocharged V6 365 hp and 350 lb-ft


2018 Ford Explorer Price, Release date

Prices are not available yet but they shouldn’t be much different from the current model (for base trim). The Ford Explore 2018 will reach dealerships this fall.

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