Preview the 2021 Ford Explorer SUV, Now with Lower Pricing!
Take it for a Test Drive at Zeck Ford in Leavenworth, Kansas Later This Year
While the 2021 Ford Explorer isn’t all new this year, expect Ford to deliver some upgrades to enhance the driver- and passenger-friendliness and great value of this midsize SUV with three rows of seating.
Custom order books for the 2021 Ford Explorer opened on July 13, but unfortunately, production won’t begin until at least late September 2020, if not later. It will be made in Ford’s Chicago plant, which also builds the Lincoln Aviator.
After production begins, you will expect to see lots of Explorer models arrive at our Ford dealership near you, where you can take a test drive. Or, if you’d rather, our team can take a custom order for you, so you get the exact Ford Explorer you want as soon as they become available.
Ford Motor Company has yet to release specific details about the 2021 Ford Explorer. The delay is quite common in the automotive industry, thanks in part to the temporary plant closures during the start of the coronavirus pandemic in an effort to control the spread.
Let’s take a look at what we think that we know about the 2021 Ford Explorer model year.
What’s New on the 2021 Explorer?
Although Ford Motor Company hasn’t released its official promotional materials on the upcoming 2021 model year, rumors and insider information indicates that we can expect to see only minor interior and exterior improvements, and possibly some mechanical upgrades.
The sixth-generation Explorer was completely redesigned last year, so the SUV is probably slated to receive only slight changes for 2021, including standard heated seats and an optional heated steering wheel on the XLT – so cozy for Kansas City winters. The Sport Appearance package may also be available as an option on the XLT trim level. Enhanced interior finishes are likely available for the Limited, ST, and Platinum, as should be expected for more luxurious trim levels.
Expect rear-wheel drive to remain standard, but owners can choose from more fuel efficient options or performance. Find higher performance in the ST trimline. The hybrid variant is the most fuel efficient, along with the standard 2.3-liter, turbocharged four-cylinder engine that produces 290 horsepower and 255 pounds-per-foot of torque.
Most of the interior will be identical to the 2020 model, but it might offer slightly more space with greater visibility and additional legroom. On the exterior, expect cleaner-looking headlights and a wider front grille. In 2020, this midsize SUV switched from body-on-frame to unibody structure, which improved ride quality. We expect that to carry over to 2021. It’s also likely that Ford dropped a few of the least popular Explorer exterior paint colors, but only time will tell.
Remember that at this point, this is mostly industry speculation we’ve gathered from our connections around the United States – but we’re too excited to not share information on the new Explorer from Ford.
Lower Prices for All Trim Levels
The base price for the Explorer dropped $540, and the Limited trim fell a whopping $5,458. The Platinum, the top trim level, was reduced by $3,770. The Limited hybrid is $2,875 cheaper than last year’s model. These price reductions should be enough to sway you to come in and take a test drive as soon as they arrive at our local Ford dealership!
Base, XLT, and Limited models come with an all-wheel drive option with an approximate $2,000 upcharge, a small price to pay for the driving experience and feeling of safety, especially in the wet and wintry weather we get along the Missouri-Kansas state line.
What Likely Didn’t Change?
The 2020 model year included additional standard safety features, and we believe the Explorer will still have plenty of those. Even the base trim level in 2020 came with other, more high-end features, like a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone connectivity through Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
Powertrain options and gearboxes also likely won’t change: a base turbocharged four-cylinder; two twin-turbocharged V6 engines; and the hybrid. These engines are often more powerful than their rivals, for a peppy drive, especially on the highway.
Learn More About the Ford Explorer
Considering the Explorer for your next vehicle? For now, use the 2020 model year information to determine whether test-driving the new one is a good idea (and we think it is!). Take our quiz to find the right Ford truck for you. Look through our current inventory to help determine what features you’d like in your new Ford Explorer SUV.
Watch the Ford website, and ours, so you’re one of the first in the area to know all the features of the new Explorer. You can also follow us on social media for our latest updates.
Why Buy Your New Explorer from Our Kansas Ford Dealership?
Zeck Ford is fully focused on delivering the best possible customer service, thanks to our core values, which we affectionately call the “Zecksperience.”
When you come to Zeck Ford, you:
- Will never speak to a commissioned salesperson. Our personal shoppers work for a salary and want only to get you a great deal on a vehicle you love.
- Can expect the car-buying process to be simple, including auto delivery within 100 miles of our Leavenworth, KS car dealership.
- Can trust in the quality of the used cars for sale on our lot. Each vehicle underwent a 120-point inspection before ever setting tire on our lot.
- Will find that our pricing structure is straightforward. Our prices are haggle-free and are already our best possible price.
Contact us when you’re ready to finalize your new Ford Explorer purchase!