Ford is including a couple of new trim variants partway via the Explorer’s 2021 mannequin 12 months. Essentially the most intriguing is a budget-oriented “Fanatic ST” mannequin, however there’s additionally a rear-drive Platinum and Platinum Hybrid on the best way.
We haven’t seen the Fanatic ST moniker utilized by any earlier ST mannequin. Ford is inventing it for the Explorer because it sees demand for the sporty mannequin rise past expectations — the Blue Oval says that the ST accounts for “practically 20% of gross sales.” When you think about that the ST is the second costliest mannequin within the lineup (trailing solely the Platinum by much less the $2,000), that’s a formidable statistic. The Fanatic ST hopes to draw much more consumers by reducing the ST worth of entry by $4,080 to $49,995.
Fortunately, the perfect elements of the ST stick round for the Fanatic ST. It options the identical powertrain, together with the three.0-liter twin-turbo V6 that produces 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. All of the mechanicals are carryover, that means the Fanatic ST ought to drive and deal with precisely just like the common ST. It’ll additionally look precisely the identical (seen in purple above), as Ford ensures onlookers received’t know you obtain “a budget one.”
However what do you lose? The principle objects misplaced are lots of these present in Ford’s 401A tools bundle. There’s no extra 12-speaker B&O audio system, heated second row, 360-degree digicam, navigation or wi-fi charging pad. Ford didn’t spell every thing out in its announcement, however we’ve requested for a extra detailed record of all of the tools variations.
Along with the Fanatic ST information, Ford is reducing the price of entry for the usual Platinum mannequin. It was beforehand out there in all-wheel-drive kind solely, however now there’s going to be a Platinum rear-wheel-drive mannequin. Ford cites areas the place all-wheel drive isn’t needed as the principle driver for providing its fully-loaded mannequin with out energy to all 4 wheels. The bottom worth goes down by $2,000, leaving you a $53,725 Explorer Platinum.
The final bit of reports issues the Hybrid mannequin. It was tied to the Restricted trim solely earlier than at present, however now Ford is including a Platinum Hybrid trim. Meaning you will get probably the most luxurious and decadent tools along with higher gas economic system, which is a win-win in our e book. The Platinum Hybrid will begin at $54,330, making it $1,395 cheaper than the gas-only Platinum with all-wheel drive.
Ford says all three of those fashions can be found for ordering at present. They’re scheduled to start arriving in dealerships this summer season.