2019 Ford Explorer sport trim will be replaced for the ST model

The all-new 2019 Ford Explorer brings a lot of excitement and changes. Latest significant changes were back in 2011 and now, eight years later it is a time for the new generation of Explorer. You have to give credit to the Blue Oval for redesigning one of the best-selling vehicles.

The 2019 Ford Explorer now comes with a better interior that offers more comfort, more upscale materials and new infotainment system. Moreover, the exterior will suffer a redesign and it will look amazing. The upcoming Explorer will be used as a police interceptor in the U.S. which means it will switch to the rear-wheel drive system. Moreover, the new platform is in the line, hybrid variant and even an ST version that will replace Explorer Sport.

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2019 Ford Explorer exterior is unique and specific

The forthcoming 2019 Ford Explorer will suffer a redesign which will include a new platform as well. This SUV will now ride on the same platform as the Lincoln Aviator and it will switch to the rear-wheel-drive configuration. As the spy shots are emerging, we didn’t have the opportunity to find out something more about the exterior specifics.

However, Ford releases hybrid model photos as this model will be used as the police interceptor. We had the opportunity to see a sloping roofline, pronounced beltlines, and angular creases. Moreover, longer hood and more aggressive nose are providing the mean stance for this SUV. LED headlights up front are standard, the bumper will look different and larger, just like the front grille.

2019 Ford Explorer interior

2019 Ford Explorer interior looks good

Ford says that the Explorer will ride on a latest modular CD6 architecture, however, the dimensions and cabin space will remain the same. That means the legroom and headroom will be ample as before, which is a good thing. There are seven seats available inside the cabin and the level of comfort is now higher too.

Tech-rich interior looks astonishing and Ford offers plenty of standard features. Moreover, basically, all the important safety systems were included as well. Backup cameras, more airbags, and some new safety aids are in the offer and this shows us how the 2019 Ford Explorer is moving toward the families.

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2019 Ford Explorer ST review

Rumors are becoming true, the popular Explorer Sport model will be replaced for the Explorer ST variant. Plenty of Ford’s models got the famous “ST” version, and Ford Edge is the latest example. The Explorer ST will get a 3.5-liter V6 unit that returns 405 HP and the all-wheel-drive setup will be optional. The exterior will get astonishing and sportier look, the new sporty suspension is in the offer too.

Trim Levels

Another great thing about the upcoming 2019 Ford Explorer is its numerous trim levels. The base model will ride on a 2.3-liter V6 engine and it will use a 6-speed automatic transmission. 18-inch wheels are standard and the interior will benefit from the front and rear air conditioning. Moreover, a new LCD monitor is available, along with the regular cloth seats with lumbar support.

Moving on up to the XLT trim where you can get a new SiriusXM satellite radio, new cloth seat trim and more parking and safety aids. Limited models are offering a 20-inch silver aluminum wheels, dual-zone automatic climate control and heating and ventilating seats. Furthermore, even the cushions will get heating and ventilating options, fog lights will be standard, just like the navigation and the leather seats.

We already wrote about the ST models, so we will just skip to the range-topping Platinum models. Platinum trim offers only premium stuff such as a standard sunroof, second-row LCD monitor, rain sensing wipers, power seats and power mirrors. Of course, all that you can get for the right price so check the pricing details down below.

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2019 Ford Explorer engine configurations

What we like about the forthcoming 2019 Ford Explorer are its various drivetrain options. You could choose between the standard and optional engine, a hybrid drivetrain and even another optional engine that is reserved for the ST models. For the start, new Explorer will use a 2.3-liter V6 EcoBoost as a standard.

This four-cylinder engine is capable of producing up to 290 HP and 255 lb-ft of torque. Moreover, hybrid models will use the same V6 in a mix with the single electric motor. This combination generates up to 340 HP and 310 lb-ft of twists. As we wrote, this SUV will switch from the front to the rear-wheel drive configuration because of the new platform.

2019 Ford Explorer rear

2019 Ford Explorer price and release date

The new 2019 Explorer will arrive with a price increase, which is more than a logical move by Blue Oval carmaker. The base model will now cost slightly over $34,000. Hybrid models are priced at $42,500 and the ST variant at almost $60,000.

Platinum trim costs up to $54,000. We will inform you about new details once new Explorer takes its camouflage off. This SUV will hit the markets in the first weeks of 2019. The main competitors are the Nissan Pathfinder, Toyota Highlander, Honda Pilot and Hyundai Santa Fe.

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