Ford has unveiled the Explorer ST and Hybrid, two new variants of the new family SUV that are hot on the heels of the core range released last week.
The first-ever Explorer ST sits atop the range as the performance-focused variant.
Under the bonnet is the 3.0-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 from the Explorer Platinum, which is now tuned to produce 298kW (400hp) of power and 536Nm (415lb-ft) of torque. A 0-60mph time hasn’t been quoted, but thanks to the ST’s 10-speed automatic and all-wheel-drive system it can top out at 230km/h (143mph).
Visually, the ST can be differentiated from its regular siblings by its unique front bumper, black grille, quad exhaust tips, sports side skirts, Explorer bonnet lettering, roof rails and black accents around the exterior.
Car spotters can tell the ST from other Explorer models via its black mesh grille, quad exhaust outlets, beefier side skirts, Explorer lettering on the bonnet, and roof rails. Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, flat-botto sports steering wheel, sports seats with microfibre trim and ST badging.
The optional Street and Track packs add 21-inch alloys, red brake calipers, larger brake discs and better brake pads.
The Explorer Hybrid pairs a 3.3-litre naturally aspirated V6 with an electric motor, to produce a total power output of 237kW – it’s sent to the rear or all wheels through a 10-speed auto like the rest of the Explorer range.
The lithium-ion battery pack is housed in a specially designed cavity underneath the second row, to ensure that it doesn’t inhibit passenger or cargo space.
An official fuel economy number hasn’t been provided, but Ford says the rear-drive Explorer Hybrid has drive for over 805km (500 miles) on a single tank of fuel.
The Ford Explorer ST and Hybrid join the rest of the new-generation range in North American showrooms later this year.