Wednesday, October 5, 2022
News Ford Adds Enthusiast Edition Explorer ST, RWD and Hybrid Platinums

Ford Adds Enthusiast Edition Explorer ST, RWD and Hybrid Platinums

Cheaper ST, Pricier Hybrid

  • An ST with four stacks less on the MSRP

  • More economical Platinum trims also new


Three new trim levels are joining the Ford Explorer lineup for 2021. First is a new Explorer Enthusiast ST, an ST model that trades interior content for a lower price, while a rear-drive Platinum and a Platinum Hybrid are also new.

The 2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST, and yes that’s the full name, uses the same 3.0L EcoBoost V6 and 10-speed automatic to handle the 400 hp and 415 lb-ft of torque. It also has a sport-tuned suspension and raised top speed. Inside are special Miko microperforated seating surfaces and a silver accent stitch ST logo, while it has quad tailpipes, 20-inch wheels, and the full Co-Pilot360 safety suite.

What’s missing, then? The B&O sound system isn’t mentioned, nor is the hands-free tailgate opening, LED fogs, and likely a host of other stuff to bring the price down from $52,830 to $48,750 for US buyers. We’ll have to wait for the full list of differences from Ford.

A new rear-drive Platinum model gets the 3.0L V6 and joins the AWD model as a lower-cost (and likely better fuel economy) offering for buyers who want the luxury trim level but have no need for all-wheel drive. Think Texas and Arizona, but don’t expect it to be sold in Canada, where AWD is standard even on base XLT. The Hybrid engine was previously only available in mid-grade Limited trim, so this move adds the thriftiest engine to the fancy trim, showing that buyers apparently like it to be easy being green.

The new 2021 Explorers are available to order today, expected to arrive at US Ford dealers this summer.

 

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