Ford Explorer Sport makes its debut at New York with boosted performance

Posted on Apr 1, 2012 by

will introduce its first-ever performance edition Explorer SUV with class-best fuel efficiency for performance SUV models at the New York Show that begins later this week. It features a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost (direct injection & variable valve timing) V6 engine producing 350 horsepower, paired to a paddle-shifted six-speed SelectShift Automatic transmission that drives the wheels through a four-wheel drive system.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport

On the Sport model, Ford retains the off-roading abilities of the Explorer while infusing extra performance. It has also managed to make improvements to many departments of the car.

Despite the added performance, 2013 model year Explorer Sport pips the Range Rover Sport by a combined average fuel consumption margin of 3.5mpg.

Ford has made changes to the body, reinforcing the chassis to make the Explorer Sport stiffer and improve its handling. The electrically assisted steering system has a faster ratio to lend it more responsiveness. The brakes are larger brakes for shorter stopping distances. A new terrain management settings assists drivers navigate through sandy, snowy, muddy and hilly areas.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport rear three quarters

The Sport model’s grille is unique sporting a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. For additional cooling, an opening is provided on the lower front fascia.

The Explorer Sport is available in four exterior colors – White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, Ingot Silver Metallic and Tuxedo Black Metallic. It sports massive 20-inch wheels, blacked-out headlamp and taillamp treatments, black roof rails, wing mirror housings caps and a liftgate appliqué.

2013 Ford Explorer Sport interior

The interiors receive subtle cosmetic changes with charcoal Black leather-trimmed seats, unique steering wheel stitching and unique Sport-logo floor mats and illuminated scuff plates.

Ford will list this model in the US market soon after the New York premiering following which preparations to make it available in markets outside America will be underway.

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