Yesterday Ford unveiled a new Explorer model that brings back the Sport nameplate. Years ago, the Explorer Sport could be had as a two-door version but this time out it appears the Sport is a four-door only. The big difference between the normal Explorer and the Explorer Sport is the engine. Ford is fitting the Sport model with a 3.5-liter V6 twin turbo EcoBoost power plant.
That engine produces at least 350 hp and has a Terrain Management System with enhanced on road dynamics. Ford also promises that the car has sporty design cues inside and out. The Explorer Sport promises up to 16 mpg in city driving and 22 mpg on the highway, giving better economy than other SUVs in its category. It has a paddle shift six-speed SelectShift transmission that has unique 3.16 to 1 final drive ratio to help acceleration.
The car also has solid mounted electric power assisted steering with a faster steering ratio for more responsiveness on and off-road. It also has larger brakes for better performance during towing and shorter stopping distances. The Sport will come in four colors including ruby red metallic clearcoat, white platinum tri-coat, tuxedo black metallic, and ingot silver metallic. On the inside, the Sport offers full black leather trimmed seating with or without contrasting sienna inserts. The car also has a number of other premium touches and will hit dealerships later this year at an undisclosed price.