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2016 Ford Explorer Facelift Starts Production at Chicago Assembly Plant

After its debut at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the 2016 Ford Explorer facelift is now in production, with the first units en route to dealership lots. Over the last 25 years, the full-size crossover is heralded as the best-selling SUV in America and it’s no wonder why.
2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant 11 photos
2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant2016 Ford Explorer production at the Chicago Assembly Plant
It’s genuinely spacious and family-oriented, there are six trims to choose from, it’s safe and there’s an engine for everyone in the market for such a machine. For the 2016 model year, the Explorer sports a new look outside while the cabin got overhauled too. The cluttered center stack of yesteryear is gone, in its place coming the SYNC 2 media system with sat-nav.

The ordering books opened in May, and here’s a case in point regarding the appeal of the 2016 Ford Explorer - retail sales for the month increased 24 percent over the same period in 2014. Speaking of last year, over 54,000 units of the Ford Explorer were exported from Chicago Assembly in 2014 in more than 100 markets outside the States, Canada, and Mexico.

In the U. S. of A., the starting MSRP is $30,700 for the base model. Move on to the XLT and you’re looking at $33,400 while the Limited costs $41,300. To go all out means to drop $43,300 on the Sport or $52,600 on the Platinum. And yes, that’s 2015 Porsche Boxster money.

On the powertrain front, you have three lumps to choose from. Starting with a 3.5-liter naturally aspirated V6 with 290 horsepower and 255 lb-ft (345 Nm), the mid-ranger of the list is represented by a 2.3-liter EcoBoost inline-4 with 280 horsepower and 310 lb-ft (420 Nm).

The top-of-the-range 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 develops 365 HP and 350 lb-ft (474 Nm). On an ending note, here’s a top tip if you plan to spend top dollar on a 2016 Explorer: the Platinum will launch at summer's end.

 
 
 
 
 

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