2015 Ford Explorer | new car review
Rear seats are supremely comfortable and move out of the way to increase storage space.
High starting price could turn potential buyers into settling for a competing model.
The 2015 Ford Explorer is unmistakably a Ford. However, while creases in its door panels and bulges in its hood inject some character into the bodywork, the oversized grille upfront looks like it can bludgeon down one of Dubai’s towers, if it weren’t made of plastic that is. The overall aesthetics are appealing to say the least, with wide windows, a roof rack, and chrome door handles.
Ford’s team of OCD designers have cleaned out every last button that once occupied the dashboard, replacing them with sensitive touch climate controls, and a Microsoft powered touch screen that houses all the media functions. The only knob surfacing is the trail mode selector that neighbors the gear lever.
The 2015 Ford Explorer Sport has an EcoBoost engine which delivers power and torque consistent with larger engines, while achieving 20% better fuel efficiency and 15% reduced greenhouse emissions.
What’s on offer?
The Explorer is powered by a 3.5L V6 with 290 horsepower and will set you back AED 130,000, while the “Sport” variant has 2 turbochargers that generate 350 horsepower and costs AED 220,000! The base model has a FWD drivetrain but you can get it as a 4WD with terrain management for a little extra dough. The ambient lighting, moon roof, leather seats, 12 Sony speakers and key-less engine starter are some of the options offered.
What we are beginning to witness my friends, is the end of the V8 era, with the car industry shifting to more fuel efficient alternatives as is the case with the Explorer. With sporty styling, AWD, decent power, and 2nd row airbags, it seems like a no brainer to go for it, if it weren’t for the steep starting price, which towers over the competition.
|Specifications||2015 Ford Explorer||2015 Ford Explorer Sport|
|Engine/ Cylinders||3.5 litre / V6||3.5 litre Turbocharged / V6|
|Max Power |
|290 hp @ 6,500 RPM||350 hp @ 5,500 RPM|
|346 Nm @ 4,000 RPM||488 Nm @ 3,500 RPM|
|Tranmission||6 speed automatic||6 speed automatic|
|Drive||Front Wheel Drive / All Wheel Drive||All Wheel Drive|
|0-100 km/h||9.0 secs||7.0 secs|
|Top speed||170 km/h||170 km/h|
|Price||AED 130,000 - 215,000||AED 220,000|