Explorer gets new face for 2025
New tech includes BlueCruise hands-off driving
Ford is refreshing the Explorer SUV for 2025. The model gets a taller grille on the outside, and a new interior with more soft-touch materials as well as improved driver assistance tech. Ford is also shrinking the lineup and dropping the hybrid model from the options list.
The exterior changes really are little more than a grille that’s been stretched down do about double the size of last year. It’s a big awkward-looking. The headlights are new, with all LED lighting.
On the inside, the 2025 Ford Explorer has a new dashboard that gets new soft-touch materials with stitching meant to help make it look fancier than before. The redesign moves the screen to the top of the dash, and the 13.2-inch screen gets Ford’s new infotainment system software that adds Google Maps and other Google apps.
The new screen lets drivers watch videos and stream via YouTube, Prime Video, and more. When parked, of course. There is a web browser with Bluetooth keyboard, and Ford will be adding games to the system.
BlueCruise, Ford’s hands-off driving system, will also be available on the 2025 Explorer. It includes hands-free lane changes and in-lane repositioning. The vehicle comes with a 90-day trial, then customers will need a monthly or annual subscription.
Ford will sell the Explorer in just four trim grades. The line starts with the Active model with a 2.3L EcoBoost. Then there is ST-Line and Platinum, both of which get the 2.3. ST, the sport version, gets a 400 hp 3.0L engine that is available on Platinum as well.
Order books are open now. Despite the trim changes and extra content, pricing has remained flat and will start from $50,535 including destination. Deliveries are set to start in Q2.