The Explorer lineup is getting a three-model enhancement for the 2021 model year. The Explorer Enthusiast ST, Platinum, and Platinum Hybrid will be making their way to dealership lots later this year in a targeted attempt to identify customer desires.
The new models join the just-announced 2021 Ford Explorer King Ranch, also a new addition.
2021 Ford Explorer Enthusiast ST
The Enthusiast ST grade takes a lot of what customers like about the existing Explorer ST and delivers it at a far cheaper price. The Enthusiast ST has a starting MSRP of $48,750 as opposed to the ST, which starts at $52,830.
Setting it apart from there Explorers is the Enthusiast ST’s quad chrome exhaust tips, 20-inch machined aluminum wheels with painted pockets, and sideview mirrors with ST projection lamps.
The new model comes equipped with the same 3.0-liter EcoBoost engine that’s in the Explorer ST that churns out 400 horsepower and 415 pound-feet of torque. A 10-speed automatic transmission completes the powertrain.
Ford has given the model a sport-tuned suspension and a top track speed of 143 mph. A standard Class III Trailer Tow Package provides towing capability of up to 5,600 pounds.
The cabin of the Enthusiast ST is complete with leather seating surfaces, unique Miko micro-perforated inserts, and City Silver accent stitching with the ST logo. There’s a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, heated sport-style steering wheel with the ST logo, and paddle shifters.
The Explorer Enthusiast ST also features standard Ford Co-Pilot360 technology.
2021 Ford Explorer Platinum
Ford has two new Platinum models coming to a dealership near you.Photo courtesy of Ford Motor Company
The new Explorer Platinum is powered by a 3.0-liter engine and comes standard with rear-wheel drive. Four-when drive is available.
To make the Platinum version worthy of its upscale price tag, its packaging includes door handles with satin aluminum insert, liftgate appliqué, lower bodyside cladding insert, roof-rack side rails, a twin-panel moonroof, and a unique grille with satin aluminum finish. Its cabin is fitted with leather seats, and a leather-wrapped steering wheel, dashboard, door rollovers, and door and front console armrests.
The 2021 Ford Explorer Platinum has a starting MSRP of $52,480. The hybrid version of that model starts at $53,085.
All the models are currently available for order via Ford dealerships. Deliveries are expected to begin this summer.