2015-09-03 / Auto View

FORD EXPLORER GOES PLATINUM

NEW MODEL GIVES ICONIC SUV ULTIMATE COMBINATION OF COMFORT, PERFORMANCE


The new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series. The new 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series. The vehicle that gave us room to roam reminds us that there is always room to grow and #ExploreMore.

Ford Explorer – the best-selling SUV in the United States for 25 years – reaches new heights with the Platinum edition, a well-appointed combination of the performance minded Explorer Sport and comfort-designed Limited trim level. Ford Explorer Platinum will hit showrooms this month.

“For 25 years, Explorer has shaped what people expect from an SUV,” said Raj Nair, Ford group vice president and chief technical officer, Global Product Development. “With this new Explorer Platinum, we’re raising expectations.”

The interior of the Explorer Platinum employs the finest materials, including real aluminum and real ash wood multi-piece appliqués on door panels and instrument panel. A wood and leather-wrapped heated steering wheel showcases unique stitching that matches the stitching used throughout the interior.


The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series interior shown in Medium Soft Ceramic. The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series interior shown in Medium Soft Ceramic. The new Explorer Platinum is the first Ford vehicle to get all-new 500-watt Sony Audio with Live Acoustics™ and Clear Phase™ technology. Live Acoustics re-creates the sound dynamics of some of the world’s greatest concert halls for more enveloping, more realistic sound.

Explorer Platinum also gets standard smart technology features including enhanced active park assist, lane-keeping system and rain-sensing wipers. Along with popular parallel park assist, enhanced active park assist can now help drivers back the vehicle into a perpendicular spot.

For the exterior, signature lighting surrounds LED headlamps – giving the vehicle a continuous glow. Other features include a standard dual-panel moonroof, premium silver painted front and rear skid plate elements, and 20-inch wheels with bright machined face and tarnished dark painted pockets.


The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series features available second-row heated captain’s chairs in Medium Soft Ceramic Nirvana Leather. The 2016 Ford Explorer Platinum series features available second-row heated captain’s chairs in Medium Soft Ceramic Nirvana Leather. “The Explorer name has long been synonymous with off-road capability,” said Craig Patterson, Ford utilities marketing manager. “Explorer Platinum continues that reputation and adds so much more.”

Since the 2016 Ford Explorer reached showrooms earlier this year, robust sales indicate the nameplate remains one of the strongest in the SUV segment. Through June 2015, sales of Explorer base, XLT, Limited and Sport models were at 20,377 units – a 30 percent yearover year increase.

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