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2025 Ford Explorer: First Look

Feb 01, 2024

© Ford Motor CompanyWhat is it?
The Ford Explorer was one of the first modern-day SUVs when it arrived on the market more than thirty years ago. Since then, more than 8 million Explorers have been sold, making it one of the best-selling SUVs in America. Now in its sixth generation, the 2025 Ford Explorer arrives with fresh styling, new technology, an upgraded interior, and a simplified lineup.

© Ford Motor CompanyThe Right Combination
“For nearly 35 years, families have chosen the Ford Explorer, making it America’s all-time bestselling SUV,” said Andrew Frick, president, Ford Blue. “We have refined almost every part of the new Explorer – focusing on a redesigned interior, additional technology like BlueCruise hands-free highway driving and special editions like the 400 horsepower Explorer ST. It’s the right combination of delivering what the next generation of customers want and love in a large SUV.”

© Ford Motor CompanyUpdated Style
The Explorer gets a fresh look for the 2025 model year, although the changes are somewhat subtle. Up front, the big SUV gets a larger grille with slim LED headlights, wider valence, and fog lights that are moved to the edges of the front fascia. While it still looks like an Explorer, this new treatment provides a wider, bolder stance.

© Ford Motor CompanyRear View
The liftgate is also refreshed for the 2025 model year, with LED taillights wrapping around the corners and extending towards the center. Between the lights is an updated Explorer nameplate that stretches across the back.

© Ford Motor CompanyModel Lineup
Ford has streamlined the 2025 Explorer lineup, and for the first time since its introduction, there is no more XL or XLT. Four trims are available: Active, ST-Line, ST, and Platinum. All come standard with rear-wheel drive – all-wheel drive is available across the board. Pricing starts at $41,220, including destination charge.

© Ford Motor CompanyUnder the Hood
The 2025 Ford Explorer is available with two engine options, both of which are carryover from the previous version. Powering the Active, ST-Line, and Platinum is a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder engine delivering 300 horsepower and 310 lb-ft of torque. Optional on the Platinum and standard on the ST is the more powerful 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, putting out 400 horsepower and 415 lb-ft of torque. Both are teamed with a 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive is standard with all-wheel drive available on all trims. With either engine, the Explorer can tow up to 5,000 pounds and comes standard with a towing package.

© Ford Motor CompanyInner Space
Changes are more noticeable in the 2025 Explorer’s cabin, where the dashboard has been significantly revamped. The vertical display screen has been replaced by a standard 13.2-inch horizontal display, accompanied by a 12.3-inch digital driver’s display. Almost all hard buttons and knobs are gone, giving the new Explorer a clean look. Ford has also fitted the Explorer with soft-touch materials, contrasting stitching, and a stylish fabric that covers the speakers in the upper dashboard with the look of a high-quality home audio system. A new lower tray not only adds a convenient storage location for mobile devices and other small items but also creates a nice design element in the cabin.

© Ford Motor CompanyNew Infotainment
With this updated Explorer, Ford is replacing SYNC with a new Google-based infotainment system. With clear graphics and intuitive navigation, the new system features popular applications like Google Maps and Google Assistant. Additional apps like Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube, and other entertainment features can be downloaded through the Google Play store for easy customization.

© Perry Stern, Automotive Content ExperienceMore Entertainment
Ford offers a range of entertaining features designed for use while the vehicle is parked. With a 5G connection, passengers can stream movies or TV shows via YouTube or Prime Video apps, and there’s even a Vivaldi web browser – the Chrome browser is coming soon. A wide selection of games can be found in the Google Play store that can be downloaded and played on the touchscreen or via a Bluetooth gaming controller. Games include a Ford-exclusive version of the Asphalt Nitro 2 racing game.

© Ford Motor CompanySeating and Color Schemes
Each trim of the Explorer comes standard with a unique interior color scheme with seats to match. The Active features cloth seats in Dark Gray with Harvest Bronze accent stitching and this color combination is carried throughout the cabin. The ST-Line and ST get Black Onyx seats trimmed in ActiveX with red accent stitching, while the top-level Platinum’s interior is trimmed in Mojave Dusk leather with matched accents.

© Ford Motor CompanyBlueCruise
For the first time, Ford is offering BlueCruise on the Explorer. Currently available on the F-150 and Mach-e, BlueCruise is an advanced driver-assist system allowing hands-free driving on more than 130,000 miles of limited-access highways in North America. Assisting with accelerating, braking, and steering, BlueCruise also features Lane Change Assist, letting the driver perform a lane change by activating the turn signal. BlueCruise does require the driver to pay attention to the road and employs a camera facing the driver to ensure attention doesn’t waver.

© Ford Motor CompanyComing Soon
The 2025 Ford Explorer is expected to arrive in showrooms in the second quarter of 2024. Pricing for the full lineup will be released closer to the on-sale date.

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