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The first-ever performance version of the Ford Explorer arrives this year
with the highest projected fuel economy among gasoline-engine-powered, high-
With a twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 engine making at least 350 horsepower and
four-wheel drive with a Terrain Management System, Explorer Sport delivers
enhanced on-road dynamics with sporty design cues inside and out.
"Adding an EcoBoost drivetrain to Explorer Sport delivers even more fuel
efficiency and performance to the lineup," said Bill Gubing, Explorer chief
engineer. "This is our highest- performance, most capable Ford Explorer ever."
Subtle, Sporty Design Elements
Sport builds on Explorer's muscular, sculpted form with subtle cues to
differentiate it from other models in the lineup. Available in four exterior
colors - Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat, Tuxedo
Black Metallic and Ingot Silver Metallic - Explorer Sport has unique 20-inch
painted and machined wheels, features blacked-out headlamp and taillamp
treatments, black roof rack rails, sideview mirror skull caps and a liftgate
The Explorer Sport's special grille is a low-gloss Sterling Gray mesh, with
contrasting ebony high-gloss bars. The black front lower fascia features a
functional opening for additional cooling. Explorer logotype in billet-like
black adds a bold identity statement. Subtle Sport and EcoBoost badges at the
rear finish the liftgate.
Inside, the high-end feel continues. Charcoal Black leather-trimmed seating is
available with and without contrasting Sienna inserts.
The interior design contrast was inspired by fashion, mirroring two-tones that
are currently seen in leather accessories and apparel from design houses
Balenciaga and Prada. Stitching is emphasized to lend a handcrafted appearance
while highlighting Explorer Sport's sculptured seats.
Explorer Sport also has unique steering wheel stitching, a technical look to
instrument and door panel appliqués, unique Sport-logo floor mats and
illuminated scuff plates.
2013 Explorer Sport, rear view.
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