Ford is coming out with a brand new model that promises to be a lot sexier. They are putting it in their 2013 Explorer lineup. It’s not surprising what the name of it is, because they are calling it the Sport. This design is still going to be a branch-out from the four-door, three-row look, and it won’t be like the old Explorers from the 1990s and 2000s. However, after looking into the specifications of the Sport, it might have been better to append it with a SHO badge. It has a twin-turbo, EcoBoost engine inside that is a V-6. This is the same engine that is also part of the Taurus SHO. There are also some exterior adjustments and chassis edits that resemble the SHO. Ford decided to name it based on the Edge Sport. This great new car will be finally unveiled at the 2012 New York auto show.
The twin-turbo motor will have at least 350 hp going for it, if not more. The final output of it will go between 365 horses and 350 like in the Taurus SHO car. The new motor will easily overpower the two older models that might have been used. Since there will be so much boosted power in it, there will be a slight loss in fuel economy compared to the other models. There isn’t too much of a sacrifice though. Ford thinks that the car will be at about 16 mpg in a city driving range and about 22 mpg on a highway driving range, and that is pretty good. It will be a more muscular car. It will have a six-speed automatic transmission too. The automatic transmission can be easily shifted through the steering wheel too. It will also have all-wheel drive as part of its basic output. It will also have the normal management system for managing terrain.
There will be some added rigidity on the chassis. This has always been a problem for people that have owned crossovers. There will be an enhanced strut-tower brace and a different kind of brace for tunnels too. There will be all new shocks and bushings in the suspension too. There will be some steering that is assisted by electricity that will make it outpace other versions of the car too, and there will be a new mounted rack on it. There are some better brakes. Plus, it can tow the same 5,000 pounds of its other models. There might be some improvements in the dynamics and chassis department. The changes in order to make the Sport work won’t do a bit to help the Explorer massive weight.
The car will have some great new looks and a whole lot of exciting features. There are connections between the Sport and the Taurus SHO apart from the engine space, in the inside and outside. The Explorer will have the same exterior look as the SHO, with blacked-out and dark looks on the headlights, grille, and mirror caps. It will also have some great wheels which are black and silver looking. Buyers can choose between a couple of different colors that include silver, red, black, or white. The interior has black leather, and the contrasting colors may work inside too.
The Sport will be the number one explorer when it comes out later in the year. It will have a lot of features packed into it. It will have climate control, heated seats, backup camera, entertainment system, and audio setup. It will cost about $40,000. There are also some great new features on it like a self-parking system, blind-spot monitoring system, and cross-traffic system, along with rear seatbelt airbags. There is no data on the exact price or release date.
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