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Ford’s refreshed midsize SUV gets revised exterior/interior styling and new tech.
The 2024 Chicago Auto Show is where the public will first see the updated 2025 Ford Explorer. Sporting updated exterior styling, a revamped interior, and new availability of the brand’s BlueCruise autonomous driving tech, the domestic automaker is hoping these changes will allow this midsize SUV to remain front and center in the minds of consumers.
2025 Ford Explorer
It’s not as if Explorer is in dire need of help moving units. The three-row, 7-seater SUV is on the rise, with sales volumes up more than 20% compared to January 2024. The 2025 refresh is the first major update Explorer received since its current iteration was introduced for the 2020 model.
Ford has reduced the number of Explorer trims from eight to four. Instead of starting at the base, the lineup is arranged lateraly depending on what potential buyers value most. The 2025 lineup includes luxury Platinum, sports-themed ST Line, outdoor-friendly Active, and high performance ST.
For 2025, exterior styling updates include a larger front-grille and sleeker front-headlights. The rear fascia gets some minor tweaks. All grades except the Active can be ordered with a roof painted in black.
The interior is the most likely to change in 2025. The dashboard has been moved forward to give the impression that there is more space for the front-seat passengers. There’s a new space for a wireless smartphone charging pad along with USB power points for all seating rows. A new instrument display and 13.2-inch touchscreen infotainment are easier to navigate and read. Explorer will have Google Built-in and 5G hotspot mobile WiFi connectivity. Cabin materials are also upgraded across the board, with more visually appealing surfaces and textures. Depending on the trim, available amenities include heated second-row seating, power-folding third-row exterior mirrors, and multi-color ambient lighting.
Ford will not make any changes to the engine for 2025. Platinum, ST Line, and Active models will retain their 2.3 liter turbocharged 4 cylinder engine, which produces 300 horsepower and torque of 310 pound feet. Standard on ST and optional for Platinum is a turbo V6 3.0-liter with 400 horsepower. The only transmission available is a 10-speed auto. All grades offer rear-wheel or all-wheel drives. ST-Line and ST buyers will receive a complimentary course at Ford’s Performance Racing School in Asheville, North Carolina, or Park City, Utah.
Ford Explorer 2025 orders are now being taken by dealers and customers. Pricing starts at 41,220 dollars including mandatory destination fees. Initial deliveries are expected in the second quarter this year.
Ford has made some improvements to the Explorer 2025. Customers will enjoy the new model lineup and interior design.
2025 Ford Explorer Gallery
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