As more and more automakers continue to scratch sedans from their annual model year lineups, one thing has become increasingly clear: performance SUVs are here to stay. For even despite their seemingly confused identity, the combination of a big engine and a higher ride height is making buyers whip out their wallets right and left.
Hot on the heels of its King Ranch edition announcement, Ford has added several new variants to the 2021 Explorer range, including an Enthusiast ST, a Platinum RWD, as well as a Platinum Hybrid. Out of all three, the first is undoubtedly the most interesting, because it’s essentially a cheaper ST with fewer optional add-ons. Nevertheless, it boasts the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that’s good for 400hp, 415lb-ft of torque, and a top speed of 143mph when mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. Plus, with the help of its Class III Trailer Tow Package, it has a max towing capacity of 5,600lbs. And as far as the two Platinum editions are concerned, the former offers a more affordable drivetrain while the latter comes with a 3.3-liter V6 that, when combined with an electric motor, delivers a total output of 318hp and 322lb-ft of torque. They’re available starting at $48,750.
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