Thursday, October 22, 2020
News 2021 Ford Explorer To Earn Popular King Ranch Trim

2021 Ford Explorer To Earn Popular King Ranch Trim

Broadening the 2021 Explorer’s appeal seems to be the goal with these two new trims


  • Also new will be a Timberline trim.

  • Pricing was cut for the 2021 model year in the US.

  • Sales remain quite strong for the midsize SUV.


The Ford Explorer has been one of the best-selling, best-known SUVs in North American for three decades. This latest 6th-generation Explorer remains a very strong seller however it seems as though Ford wants to increase its utilitarian outlook with two new “rugged” trims.

The King Ranch trim has been synonymous with the Ford F-Series full-size trucks as the Expedition for years. As the name suggests, the King Ranch blends luxury and technology features with a hands-on cowboy approach and look.

2021 Ford Explorer | Photo: Ford

According to fordauthority.com, a new Timberline trim level will also be added for 2021. Here too, the name evokes a certain image of an SUV traversing a trail in some far off wooded area. The source story shares that they’d guessed that an FX4 model was on the way for the Explorer because of a prototype’s large Bridgestone Dueler A/T Revo 3 tires and modified front and rear overhangs for better approach and departure angles. Another tell-tale sign is black fender flares.

The Timberline trim would match up with other popular “rugged” trims from the competition, namely AT4 for GMC products.

2021 Ford Explorer | Photo: Ford

2021 Ford Explorer | Photo: Ford

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