Despite that the competition is getting tougher every year, Ford’s three-row crossover still marks pretty good sales numbers. However, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t need updates. The current generation has been around for a while and from what we can hear, the 2023 Ford Explorer is about to get a mid-cycle update. At this point, the officials are still quiet, but we expect changes in various aspects, starting from an updated styling.
Of course, the styling will probably be the focus of this update. We count on a more attractive styling, but the updates could occur on the inside as well. Besides nicer interior materials, we should also see new standard features, including some new tech goodies. Finally, we could see novelties under the hood as well, as the plug-in hybrid version could be offered in North America too.
The 2023 Ford Explorer should arrive sometime in the second half of 2022.
2023 Ford Explorer Redesign
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 Ford Explorer is about to receive a facelift, most likely. At this point, the officials are still quiet, but we believe this is the right time for a major update. Logically, most of the updates should be in terms of aesthetics. We presume that the 2023 Explorer would get a new face, with an updated grille, new front bumper and slightly revised headlights. Other areas of the vehicle could be updated as well, while things like new color options, wheels and visual packages are expected too.
On the other hand, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle should remain unchanged. This crossover rides on a CD6 platform and offers an RWD layout, which is one of the advantages over competitors like Toyota Highlander and Chevy Traverse. However, don’t expect too much excitement regarding ride quality. Despite the layout, this is still primarily a family hauler.
Interior updates are expected too. If you look at the current model, it has both good and bad sides. What we don’t like is the interior quality, which is at a lower level compared to most rivals. The materials should be nicer, so this could be one of the novelties of this update. Also, we could see a new, bigger infotainment screen, similar to one found in the new Expedition. The current model comes standard with an 8-inch unit, while the 10.1-inch screen is available.
On the other hand, there is nothing to complain about interior space. This is a three-row crossover and like any other model in the class, it offers a couple of very generous rows of seats. On the other hand, the third row is typical tight for the class. Also, you may count on about 18.2 cubic feet of space behind the third row. With the third row folded, you have 47.9 cubic feet, while the total capacity goes up to 87.8 cubic feet. That’s more than you get in the Highlander, but less compared to models like Honda Pilot and VW Atlas.
New features are usually a big part of mid-cycle updates. So, the 2023 Explorer shouldn’t be an exception. We’ve already mentioned the possibility to see a larger infotainment screen. Of course, few more things will be added, but keep in mind that the current model already stands pretty well. It comes standard with goodies like tri-zone climate control, keyless entry, remote start, an 8-inch touch screen, navigation, a Wi-Fi hot spot, wireless device charging, four USB ports, Bluetooth, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen stereo, and smartphone connectivity via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
The current model doesn’t come with too many options on the offer. You can get a dual-screen rear-seat entertainment system, as well as a twin-panel moon roof.
2023 Ford Explorer Engines
Most of the engine lineup should remain the same. SO, the offer should start with a 2.3-liter turbo-four, which puts our 300 horsepower. For more ambitious drivers, there is a new 3.0-liter twin-turbo V6, which comes in two output variants, with either 365 or 400 horsepower. Finally, there is a hybrid version, which combines a good-old 3.3-V6 with an electric motor, for a total output of 318 horsepower and 322 pound-feet of torque. All versions come in pair with a 10-speed automatic transmission.
This update could bring a new powertrain option to the offer. It looks like we could see a PHEV model, the same one that’s already available in Europe. This system is based on a twin-turbo V6 engine and delivers a total output of 440 horsepower and 620 pound-feet of torque.
2023 Ford Explorer Release Date and Price
We expect that the 2023 Ford Explorer will hit the market sometime in the second half of 2022, with a starting price of around 34.000 dollars.