The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum was officially introduced today ahead of a planned on-sale date in early September. Ford says the Explorer Platinum blends the traits of the performance-oriented Explorer Sport with those of the luxurious Explorer Limited, giving customers a good mix of sportiness and comfort.
Occupants of the 2016 Explorer Platinum will enjoy the most well-appointed interior Ford has ever applied to a road car in North America. There’s real aluminum and ash trim on the door panels and dash, which is joined by special Nirvana leather on the instrument panel, console armrests, quilted door bolsters and upper door trim. The instrument cluster comprises a 10-inch digital display, which for the first time on a Ford car is also supported by analog gauges.
Also present in the Explorer Platinum is a new 500-watt Sony Audio system with Live Acoustics and Clear Phase technology. The audio system is accompanied by other standard technologies such as enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping assist and rain-sensing wipers.
On the outside, the Explorer Platinum receives new signature LED headlamps, a standard dual-panel moonroof, premium silver-painted front and rear skid plates and 20-inch bright chrome wheels with dark-painted elements. All Explorer Platinums come standard with a 365 horsepower 3.5-liter EcoBoost V6 engine, which is mated to a six-speed automatic transmission. Ford’s intelligent four-wheel-drive with Terrain Management is standard.
The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum will arrive at Ford dealers in September. Pricing details have yet to be announced.