Ford has released a teaser video, which promises that a new version of the Explorer will be unveiled tomorrow, March 28. So far, though, we don’t have many clues as to what Ford is changing.
Ford says that the launch tomorrow will add “an exhilarating new model to the family,” and the brief clip shows Ford’s test track in Dearborn, Michigan. Couple that to the sound of an engine revving, a shot of a speedometer climbing toward 60 mph, and we’re inclined to believe Ford will launch a sporty version of the Explorer.
Based on the video, the Explorer gains different wheels, a revised grille, and a new exhaust tip. It could be that the SUV will receive an aesthetic upgrade in the vein of the Ford Edge Sport trim. The Edge Sport trim gets upgrades like 20- or 22-inch wheels, a new body kit, different exhaust tips, and unique interior trim.
It also is possible that Ford has added a new engine to the Explorer’s lineup; currently the model is offered with a 290-hp 3.5-liter V-6 and a 240-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter EcoBoost inline-four. If a more powerful engine were to be offered, we imagine it would be the 365-hp twin-turbo 3.5-liter EcoBoost V-6 available in the Ford F-150, Flex, and Taurus SHO.
Ford will broadcast the reveal of the new Explorer version on its Facebook page at 1 p.m. EST tomorrow. Check back with Automobile Magazine for full photos and information once the car is unveiled.