Ford has unveiled the first-ever high performance version of the Ford Explorer, the 2013 Explorer Sport, which is powered by Ford’s twin-turbocharged EcoBoost 3.5L V6 with at least 350 horsepower.
“Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel efficiency and performance to the lineup,” said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief engineer. “This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever.”
The 2013 Explorer Sport is powered by the EcoBoost 3.5L V6 mated to a paddle-shifted six-speed automatic and a four-wheel-drive Terrain Management system. According to Ford it will get 16 mpg in the city and 22 mpg on the highway, which is better than the V8 powered versions of the Jeep Grand Cherokee and Dodge Durango.
“Explorer Sport makes no compromises,” said Carl Widmann, vehicle engineering manager. “By carefully beefing the chassis and suspension, precisely calibrating the Terrain Management System and adding comfort and convenience features, we’ve delivered an SUV that delivers great dynamics and performance – while towing up to 5,000 pounds.”
The Explorer Sport also gets 20-inch wheels, blacked out headlights and taillights and black roof rails. The Explorer Sport’s special grille is a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. The black front lower fascia features a functional opening for additional cooling. Explorer logotype in billet-like black adds a bold identity statement. Subtle Sport and EcoBoost badges at the rear finish the liftgate.
Inside the Explorer Sport gets an interior that Ford says is inspired by fashion with two-tones that are currently seen in leather accessories and apparel from design houses Balenciaga and Prada. Explorer Sport also has unique steering wheel stitching, a technical look to instrument and door panel appliqués, unique Sport-logo floor mats and illuminated scuff plates.