Ford Explorer Crossover has received a number of small updates for the 2018 model year. The improved car shows a slightly modified appearance, as well as a number of additional features aimed at the convenience of everyday use and increased safety.
In the exterior of the crossover stand out a new chrome grille with a different pattern, as well as a modified front bumper and “fog” of a different shape, which are now located above – this should ensure their best safety on the roads. In addition, Explorer now has new body painting options and wheel designs. Salon updated Explorer remained the same, but there was one important addition – USB-connector behind the rear-view mirror. The car can be purchased with a 3.5-liter atmospheric V6 with a capacity of 249 hp.
Important changes have also affected the electronic filling of the machine. For example, Explorer equipped with a 4G-modem with a Wi-Fi access point (supports up to 10 devices and works up to 15 meters away). Another innovation is the new key-fob: the extended range of the key allows you to start the car using the intelligent remote start system Ford Remote Start at a distance of up to 100 meters. The basic equipment of the XLT will offer 18 “alloy wheels, LED optics, keyless entry and start button, leather upholstery, SYNC 3 multimedia with voice control and 8” display, USB, Bluetooth, AppLink support, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The seat of the driver and front passenger – with electric adjustment in 10 directions, there is a three-zone climate control, audio system CD / MP3 with 9 speakers.
The base engine Ford Explorer 2018 – 3.5 V6 with variable valve timing (Ti-VCT) – has a capacity of 249 hp. (Torque 346 Nm) and is equipped with a 6-speed automatic transmission. The maximum speed is 183 km / h and acceleration from zero to 100 km / h in 8.3 seconds. The manufacturer emphasizes that the engine is specially adapted to work on gasoline brand AI-92. Consumption is 13.8 liters of gasoline per 100 km in the urban cycle and 10.2 liters outside the city.
The Ford Explorer has a front suspension with MacPherson-type suspension struts and a multi-link rear. The all-wheel drive system Terrain Management 4WD System works in automatic mode, but it is complemented by the Terrain Management System, which allows you to switch between four modes of operation: “Standard”, “Dirt / Track”, “Sand”, “Grass” / Gravel / Snow. It also allows you to activate the automatic stability control on the descent. The ground clearance of the car 211 mm will allow you to confidently move on moderate off-road. The overall dimensions of the Ford Explorer body: length – 5019 mm, width – 1988 mm, height – 1788 mm. Wheelbase – 2860 mm. The luggage compartment has a volume of 595 liters. It can be increased to 1,243 liters with the third row folded down,
The security systems in the equipment of the Ford Explorer 2018 in the XLT configuration include: driver and front passenger airbags, front side airbags and curtain airbags for all three rows of seats, ABS and the ESC system, including the rollover prevention system (RSC), traction control in turns and the help system when starting off on the rise. In addition, there is cruise control, tire pressure monitoring, auto-dimming salon mirror, rear view camera with washer, parking sensors in the front and rear, the ERA-GLONASS system. Grade LIMITED will offer a wide-angle front camera with a washer, inflatable seat belts for rear side passengers of the second row. The LIMITED PLUS package will additionally offer an automatic high / low light switching system
Dmitry Petrov is an engineer who specializes in materials science, and has a deep passion for all things related to automotive technology. He is a true motorhead at heart, and spends much of his free time tinkering with engines and studying vehicular dynamics.