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.
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.