Ford has added three new trim levels for the Ford Explorer for 2021, the automaker announced. New for 2021 is a lower-priced Explorer Enthusiast ST, powered by Ford Performance, and a rear-wheel-drive Explorer Platinum, as well as a Platinum Hybrid option.
Like Explorer ST, Enthusiast ST is the most powerful Explorer ever – built for customers who want that same spirited fun and performance, but at a lower cost, Ford said.
“The market continues to grow for performance SUVs, and the ST currently accounts for nearly 20 percent of sales,” said Craig Patterson, Ford SUV marketing manager. “With our new Explorer Enthusiast ST, we’ve made this Explorer performance SUV an even better value for more customers to enjoy, while maintaining the same exterior styling and performance – for an uncompromising, exciting ST driving experience.”
The Enthusiast ST is the new Standard Equipment Group within the ST model and features the looks and performance of Explorer ST at a lower MSRP of $48,750. Powered by a 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine making 400 horsepower and 415 lb.-ft. of torque and combined with a 10-speed automatic transmission with SelectShift capability and sport-tuned suspension, this Enthusiast ST has a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
Inside, Explorer Enthusiast ST comes with leather seating surfaces with Miko micro-perforated inserts and City Silver accent stitching with ST logo, in addition to a 12.3-inch digital cluster and heated sport-style steering wheel featuring ST logo and paddle shifters. Outside, the Enthusiast ST sports quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.
The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology including Blind Spot Information System with Cross-Traffic Alert, Lane-Keeping System, Hill Start Assist, a rearview camera with built-in lens washer, auto headlamps with auto high-beams, Pre-Collision Assist with automatic emergency braking with Pedestrian Detection, forward collision warning, dynamic brake support and post-impact braking.
Also new for 2021 is a 3.0-liter rear-wheel-drive Platinum option starting at $52,480 MSRP, in addition to the premium four-wheel-drive model.
Platinum differentiators include door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails and a grille with satin aluminum finish. Platinum models also feature a standard twin-panel moonroof. Explorer Platinum includes special leather seats, plus leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers and door and front console armrests.
The Explorer Platinum will also now be available as a hybrid, starting at $53,085 MSRP.