Ford has made some strategic changes to their mid-size crossover lineup. According to reports, the company has discontinued their Explorer Sport. Word has it that they will substitute it with a new 2021 Ford Explorer ST. This is essentially an Explorer with massive power under the hood. Not only does it have astronomical amounts of horsepower, the Explorer ST also has 3 rows of seats for its passengers. Here is everything that we know about the new SUV.
The new 2021 Ford Explorer ST is expected to have a collection of new exterior features and facilities. From the pictures that we have viewed, the new SUV is most likely going to have a black grille mesh pattern. The tailgate is also highly likely to have black color on it. This adds a sporty tone to the SUV’s appearance.
The new SUV seems likely to have 3 lateral vents on its front fascia. Moreover, it is quite likely to have LED headlights and indicators. It also seems that the wheel wells will have some fender flares installed. Also, there is a high likelihood that it will have LED indicators on its rearview mirrors.
2021 Ford Explorer ST
It also seems that the new SUV will have some high strength PVC plastic panels on its side skirts. This provides protection for the passenger cabin when traversing challenging terrain. The new SUV is also likely to have a roof rack upon it. In this way, it will provide the driver and occupants with a chance to carry heavy cargo along with them on their journey.
From the pictures that we have reviewed so far, the new SUV is heavily sculpted. Its sides, doors, hood, and bumpers have ample sculpting. This improves the SUV’s aerodynamics and sporty appearance. We also expect that it will have LED rear lights as well.
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There are ample changes which we hope will be performed upon the Ford Explorer ST’s interior cabin. We are quite confident that this new SUV has a multifunctional steering wheel. It is quite likely to have tactile buttons which the driver can use to manipulate elements such as the air conditioning, navigation, and infotainment system.
To stay in tune with modern automotive technology, we predict that the speedometer dials, rev counter, and mileage counter will be presented through a 12.3 inch LCD panel. Also, we are confident that a major highlight of the center-stack will be a 10-inch touchscreen panel. Here, users will have the chance to physically change their orientation from landscape to portrait on demand.
We are also quite hopeful that the new SUV will dispense with the traditional gear shifter. Instead, it is quite likely to have a rotary dial. The driver will be able to use it for changing gears. The new SUV is quite likely to have room for 5 passengers on 2 rows. There is also a high chance that it will be upholstered in leather. We are confident that drivers will have the chance to pick from a variety of colors for this part of the vehicle.
Drivers will also have access to extra options such as contrast stitching, an electronically adjustable sky roof, Ford’s Active Park Assist 2.0 and wood grain panels throughout the interior of the SUV.
New engine specs
We are confident that the new 2021 Explorer ST is going to be fitted with a 3.0-liter V6 engine with 2 turbochargers. The mill is expected to produce a total of 400 horsepower. According to the Blue Oval, this new model can sprint all the way to 143 miles per hour (mph).
Power is transferred from the engine to the wheels through a 10-speed automatic transmission system. The new SUV is also quite likely to utilize All Wheel Drive (AWD) as standard. Many drivers and enthusiasts are hopeful that the company will produce a Rear Wheel Drive (RWD) Ford Explorer ST in the future.
Judging from all available details, this new Ford can be equipped with sports performance kits. We are confident that they will be christened ST Street or ST Track. Both kits come with 21 inch wheels, ceramic brakes, and red brake calipers.
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Price, Release Date, and Availability
The 2021 Ford Explorer ST is most likely going to be launched in 2020. All signs point to a base price tag of $33,860. Premium trims of the SUV are bound to have a higher price tag.