2013 Ford Explorer Sport Edition unveiled
The car you see in these photos is the very first performance edition of Ford’s iconic Explorer model which will reach the showrooms in United States later on this year. Most likely, the car will get its public debut next month at the 2012 New York Motor Show.
The 2013 Ford Explorer Sport Edition is powered by a V6 3.5-liter twin-turbocharged EcoBoost engine that the Blue Oval says that it outputs “at least 350 hp”, but we don’t have any performance numbers. The engine is linked to a 6-speed paddle-shifted SelectShift automatic gearbox linked to a 4WD system that benefits from the Terrain Management System.
Ford said that the vehicle will be able to return up to 16 mpg (14.7 liters / 100 km) in the city while on the highway it should be able to do 22 mpg (10.7 liters / 100 km). Aside from getting a new engine, the Ford Explorer Sport Edition has a reinforced chassis and comes with a better handling. The vehicle is said to be stiffer than the standard model and it also has been fitted with larger brakes and solid-mounted electric power-assisted brakes.
The car rides on massive 20-inch painted and machined rims and comes with blacked out mirror housings, roof rails, lights and grille. The front and rear lower fascias are exclusive to this model, while the exterior paints include Ingot Silver Metallic, Tuxedo Black Metallic, White Platinum Metallic Tri-Coat and Ruby Red Metallic Clearcoat. Inside the cabin it comes with Charcoal Black leather that can get contrasting Sienna inserts. Also new are the dashboard trim, illuminated scuff plates, Sport-logo floor mats and the steering wheel.
No word at the moment regarding the price tag of the new 2013 Ford Explorer Sport Edition.
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