Loads of leather and open pore wood for fancy Explorer
Marks 20 years of Ford and King Ranch partnership
Ford has just added one of its poshest trims to the Explorer line for the first time. The running W-logo of the King Ranch will adorn the 2021 Ford Explorer for the first time, and it comes with the herds of dark brown hide that has long been the signature of the King Ranch in Ford’s pickup truck lineup.
The King Ranch was founded in 1853 by Captain Richard King, and 168 years later the ranch is the largest in the United States, more than half the size of Prince Edward Island. Ford started the brand collaboration back in 1999 with a series of F-150 trucks, and now it’s expanded to cover the new Explorer.
There aren’t many surprises to be found here, the interior of the 2021 Explorer King Ranch has been covered in two shades of leather including the mahogany-coloured treatment on the faces of the seats. The front two rows wear perforated leather, while the center console, as well as the door trims and even the dashoard, are all covered in a darker shade of hide. They wear Norias stitching and the open pore wood trim helps to complete the upscale look.
King Ranch Running W logos are found in just about every view of the Explorer, including on the seats, the steering wheel, the armrest, the wheel centers, and on the tailgate. The grille uses a new stone grey painted insert to help the model further stand out.
King Ranch Explorer will come with the 3.0L EcoBoost V6 with 365 hp, offered in rear and four-wheel drive, though if you want to go chasing cattle you’ll probably want the 4×4 option. U.S. pricing starts from $52,350 and the SUVs should hit dealers this spring. We’ll update with info from Ford Canada if the King Ranch is running north of the border as well.