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Ford will continue to offer the ’25 Explorer with two engine choices: the standard 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder and the available 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6. The default four-cylinder makes 300 hp and 310 lb.-ft. of torque, while the more spirited V6 (which will come standard in the ST and available for the Platinum) produces 400 hp and 415 lb.-ft. of torque. Both will be paired to a recalibrated 10-speed automatic transmission. Rear-wheel drive will remain the base drivetrain, with an available upgrade to four-wheel drive (4WD).

Ford’s remarkable Terrain Management System shall return as well, giving drivers the option to switch between Normal, Eco, Sport, Tow/Haul, Slippery, and Trail drive modes. An additional mode for Deep Snow/Sand will be added in conjunction with 4WD. For the ultimate in pulling power, the available Class III Trailer Tow Package will be an essential upgrade to achieve a maximum towing capacity of 5,000 pounds.

Aesthetics Reimagined

The confident and rugged appearance of the well-respected Explorer will continue to be an integral part of the 2025 model’s design identity; however, things take a more upscale spin this time around. In addition to a new Vapour Blue Metallic paint color and seven distinct wheel options, the ’25 Explorer will show off an updated front end featuring a larger grille, sleeker LED headlights, a skid plate, and wider air curtains that lower its visual center of gravity. At the rear, the Explorer will have new taillights that extend from its corners onto a horizontal nameplate appliqué stretching across the liftgate. The ST-Line, ST, and Platinum grades will also be eligible for a new black-painted roof for dramatic visual contrast.

Revamped Interior

The most monumental changes set to occur with the 2025 Explorer will happen in the cabin. Premium silver-mesh accents and soft-touch materials will be overlayed throughout, lending a cozy yet elegant vibe. Ford is also moving the dashboard forward to maximize front-row space while adding a tray that’s compatible with the available wireless phone charger. A multicolored ambient interior lighting system will be optional as well, along with other noteworthy features like heated and power-adjustable front seats, heated second-row seats, eight USB ports, rain-sensing wipers, a twin-panel moonroof, and PowerFold third-row seats.

The ’25 Explorer will also integrate the new 13.2-inch Google built-in Ford Digital Experience infotainment system. This sophisticated setup will come complete with Google Assistant, Google Maps, and Google Play Store, enhancing connectivity and entertainment with Amazon Alexa, a 5G LTE Wi-Fi hotspot, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and SiriusXM satellite radio. A 14-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system will be optional. As long as the Explorer is parked, the Google interface will let you surf the web on the Vivaldi Browser (Chrome is expected to be available down the line), play games downloaded from the Google Play Store, or watch TV and movies from various apps.

The Introduction of BlueCruise

The ’25 Explorer will continue to provide the advanced Ford Co-Pilot360 suite of active safety technologies. But the big news this year is the introduction of the game-changing BlueCruise hands-free driving system to this model. This self-driving technology works on 97% of controlled access highways in the U.S. and Canada and will be offered with the ST-Line, ST, and Platinum trim levels (buyers can opt for either a one-year paid subscription or a complimentary 90-day trial). Once the subscription or trial is over, you can choose to reactivate annually or monthly depending on your needs.

ST Performance Excellence

The ST is the most powerful and dynamic of all the 2025 Explorer trims. Engineered by the experts at Ford Performance and distinguished by its blacked-out wheels, mesh grille, and optional red performance calipers, the ST is primed for total driver engagement. With every purchase of the ST and ST-Line, buyers will have the chance to attend the complimentary Ford Performance Racing School’s ST Driving Experience. The courses, which are to be held in Park City, Utah and Asheville, North Carolina, will show drivers how to maximize the potential of the powerhouse ST.

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