Sneak Peek: 2013 Ford Explorer Sport


This teaser video previews a new version of the Ford Explorer SUV that will be unveiled tomorrow, March 28. But what exactly is new about this version of the Explorer? So far, Ford hasn’t given us many clues.

Ford says that the launch tomorrow will add “an exhilarating new model to the family,” and the brief clip shows Ford’s test track in Dearborn, Michigan. Couple that to the sound of an engine revving, a shot of a speedometer climbing toward 60 mph, and we’re inclined to believe Ford will launch a sporty version of the Explorer.

Based on the video, the Explorer gains different wheels, a revised grille, and a new exhaust tip. It could be that the SUV will receive an aesthetic upgrade in the vein of the Ford Edge Sport trim. The Edge Sport trim gets upgrades like 20- or 22-inch wheels, a new body kit, different exhaust tips, and unique interior trim.

It also is possible that Ford has added a new engine to the Explorer’s lineup; currently the model is offered with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four. If a more powerful engine were to be offered, we imagine it would be the 365-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 available in the Ford F-150, Flex, and Taurus SHO.

Thanks to: Motor Trend

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