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The Ford Explorer ST and ST-Line are sporty family haulers

The former has 400hp and rear-wheel drive

It seems like Ford customers want SUVs with sporty looks. PHOTO FROM FORD

We know that Ford Philippines will bring in the latest-generation Explorer pretty soon. The vehicle we’re receiving will come standard with all-wheel drive and the 2.3-liter EcoBoost in-line-four engine—a decent powertrain for a car of its size. But what if you wanted your SUV to be a little sportier?

Ideally, you should be able to drift the Explorer ST because it has 400hp. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The Blue Oval brand has recently updated the Explorer ST. The vehicle is now available in rear-wheel drive for those who want a more engaging driving experience on the road. This is paired with a 3.0-liter EcoBoost V6 that puts out a healthy 400hp and 563Nm, and is mated to a 10-speed automatic gearbox. Of course, an all-wheel-drive version will still be available for customers who want the extra traction.

The ST-Line loses the chrome trim for a stealthier look. PHOTOS FROM FORD

For those who want the ST’s looks but don’t need the extra power, there is the Explorer ST-Line that is positioned between the XLT and Limited variants. It utilizes a 2.3-liter EcoBoost four-cylinder mill that produces 300hp and 420Nm, and is also paired with a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Exterior upgrades include 20-inch machined aluminum wheels, a blacked-out front grille, integrated dual exhaust tips, blacked-out hood badging, and tinted headlights and taillights. The interior has heated Ebony Black seats with Miko inserts and red accent stitching, and ST-Line scuff plates and floor mats. A 12-speaker Bang & Olufsen sound system, Co-Pilot360 Assist, and a wireless charging pad are some of the optional extras.

Any sporty trim level must have contrast stitching. PHOTOS FROM FORD

The Explorer that will be launched here is the Limited variant. But would you rather have the sporty ST and ST-Line trim levels instead?

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.