One of Car and Driver‘s roving spy photographers recently caught a 2016 Ford Explorer in all its camouflaged glory. Some noticeable changes include a facelift with changes to its nose and tail, but unconfirmed are some updates to the interior as well.
The current Explorer was redesigned in 2011, with its most notable feature being unibody construction for the first time. What was once the SUV in the market has quietly settled into a stalwart model as the market has changed, but the Explorer is still a player in the segment. Its platform continues to be the same one shared with the Taurus, so Ford fans can expect the same cavernous interior that they already enjoy with the current Explorer.
C&D thinks the current 2.0L EcoBoost will be replaced by a newer 2.0L four that’s already being used in the Ford Edge, or maybe the 2.3L that the Lincoln MKC uses. They also are guessing Ford’s 2.7L Nano EcoBoost V6 will replace the 3.5L twin-turbo.
No date has been set for the official debut of the 2016 Explorer, but it’s likely that we’ll see it at the 2015 North American Auto Show in Detroit or the 2015 New York International Auto Show.
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