Thursday, October 30, 2014

Exploring in L.A.: Redone 2016 Ford Explorer Headed to Los Angeles Show

2016 Ford Explorer (spy photo)

The refreshed 2016 Ford Explorer is coming sooner than we thought when we recently spied the thing—it's just weeks away. Look for the crossover utility to debut at the fair-weathered, traffic-snarled smog capital of the U.S., Los Angeles.

Ford's mid-cycle update is rather late on arrival, although SUV buyers haven't truly minded. Even though the Explorer's popularity has waned since its 1990 debut and heydey in the early 2000s, the vehicle remains a go-to choice among the plethora of crossover choices. Still, as we're expecting Ford's newer EcoBoost engines to take charge—possibly including a revised 2.0-liter, new 2.3-liter from the Mustang and Lincoln MKC, and a 2.7-liter V-6 from the F-150—this Explorer should be a little quicker and easier on fuel. Styling won't change much, and neither will the heavy Volvo-derived chassis that makes this vehicle surprisingly tight inside despite its bulk.

More important, it's been more than 20 years since the first Jurassic Park and yet Ford has not released a special JP edition in all that time. What gives?

2014 L.A. Auto Show full coverage

from Car and Driver Blog


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