Crossover Ford Explorer 2022 model year has received a number of new features. Interestingly, most of the changes affected the “charged” ST-variant of the model.
For example, if previously the Ford Explorer ST was offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, now it can be ordered in a simplified rear-wheel drive version. According to the automaker, the appearance of the latter is due to numerous requests from buyers themselves.
The “charged” variant of the model still has a 3.0-liter V6 biturbo engine from the EcoBoost family, which works with a nine-speed automatic, developing 406 hp. and 563 Nm.
But if earlier this engine relied exclusively on the ST-version of the model, then from now on it also became available for the expensive versions of the King Ranch and Platinum models. The latter were previously equipped with a less powerful three-liter engine with 370 forces and 515 Nm of torque.
In addition, the ST-Line version has become available for the Ford Explorer 2022. Outside, the latter copies the “charged” ST-version of the model: it has the same body kit, black decor and 20-inch wheels. At the same time, the novelty is supposed to have only two branch pipes of the exhaust system instead of four, and the technical “filling” is standard here.
The Explorer ST-Line is driven by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost turbo four with 304 forces (420 Nm). This version of the model is intermediate between the XLT and Limited trim levels. Prices for it start at $ 41,400 (3.1 million rubles at the current exchange rate). This is $ 7,600 cheaper than the real ST (560,000 rubles).
Thus, after the current update, the Ford Explorer ST has only one unique feature – the chassis reconfigured for a sporty way. Note that in the United States, the “charged” version of the model is chosen by about 20% of buyers, but the above-mentioned innovations may negatively affect the sales of the modification.
Several other innovations have also become available for the Ford Explorer 2022. For example, from now on, for all versions of the model, a choice is offered between a three-seater sofa or separate chairs on the second row (previously, some configurations were deprived of this choice), and you will not have to pay extra for the latter.
In turn, the top versions of King Ranch and Platinum have acquired a vertical 10.0-inch tablet multimedia system. Previously, the latter for these configurations was offered exclusively as a paid option. In addition, the crossover has expanded the palette of body shades and added several new interior trim options.